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News | Program: English Access Microscholarship Program

Access Program Changes Lives | 15 Dec 2014

Salome Abramishvili, 15, joined the English Access Mictroscholarship (Access) Program in Telavi, Kakheti region in September 2012 and has been one of the most hardworking and motivated students ever since.

Funded by the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi and implemented by PH International, Access Program aims to make the study of English accessible to adolescent from an economically disadvantaged background. In addition to working on their language skills, the participants of the program become familiar with various aspects of U.S. and western democratic values and culture, develop leadership qualities and interpersonal skills.
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Access GE Summer Camps Conclude the Program in Four Regions of the Country | 15 Jul 2014

In the last week of June and the first week of July 2014, English Access Microschoalrship Program hosted yet another rotation of English Language Summer Day Camps for Access Program students in all the 10 regions of program implementation throughout Georgia. 258 students participated in the Summer Camps. While the Summer Camp activities in various locations were centered round similar Civic Education concepts, they also varied depending on the interests, needs and language competences of the Access Program students in different regions.
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Access Program Organizes Summer Schools in 10 Regions of Georgia | 12 Aug 2013

During the last week of June 2013, Access program conducted Summer schools in all 10 locations of program implementation Telavi, Kutaisi, Zugdidi, Batumi, Ozurgeti, Akhaltsikhe, Rustavi, Gori, Ambrolauri and Poti. The total of 258 Access students participated in the Summer Schools throughout the country.
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Access program students in Zugdidi devote an Enrichment Activity to Mother’s Day celebration | 3 Mar 2013

On March 3, Access program students in Zugdidi, devoted an Enrichment Activity to Mother’s Day celebration. The session was aimed to enrich awareness of an American culture among participants and boos their confidence in expressing themselves in writing as well as orally
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Access Program in Ozurgeti Awards the First Alumni | 17 Jan 2013

On January 17 twenty-five adolescents from economically and socially disadvantaged families, who graduated an intensive two-year long English Language course under the English Access Micsroscholarship Program, gathered in the Center for Civic Engagement in Ozurgeti to mark and celebrate the happy occasion together with their parents, schools principals and special guests.
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Access Students from Ozurgeti Discuss English and American fiction | 19 Dec 2012

On December 19, Access students from Ozurgeti gathered to discuss English and American fiction (home reading materials) they had read throughout the final semester of the program. The session was facilitated by the Access Program English Teacher in Ozurgeti Maia Tsitaishvili and was exceptionally interactive and student-centered. Among the stories discussed were “Robinson Crusoe”, “Tom Sawyer”, “Huckleberry Finn”, “David Copperfield”, “The Catcher in the Rye”, “Farewell to Arms” and others.
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ELCE Program English Program Teacher Trainer Facilitates Showing of the Movie in Gori | 17 Dec 2012

On December 17, Access students gathered to watch a Christmas movie “Merry Christmas Mr. Bean”. Showing of the movie was facilitated by Sonja Follett, ELCE Program ELTT. As a pre-watching activity, Sonja divided students into groups of five and gave each group a set of questions and new words together with hints to guess the meaning.
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Rustavi American Corner hostes the Access Program Enrichment Activity on Environmental Issues | 12 Dec 2012

On December 12, Rustavi American Corner hosted the Access Program enrichment activity on Environmental Issues. Ms. Sherry L. Wilson, guest speaker from the U.S. Embassy, lead the session and delivered a seminar on environmental problems, prevention of ecological catastrophes and ways of caring about ecology. The presentation was enriched with photo and video materials and allowed for active student participation.
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Access Program in Kutaisi Devotes an Enrichment Activity to Halloween | 29 Nov 2012

On November 29, Access Program in Kutaisi devoted an enrichment activity to Halloween and its celebration in the United States. Prior to the enrichment activity, Access students had worked in groups and searched relevant materials online to prepare their group presentations and draw parallels between American “Halloween” and Georgian “Chiakokonoba” (festival of pagan origins still celebrated in rural areas of Georgia a week prior to Easter).
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Batumi Access Program Students participate in a play “Robin Hood Meets Arsena Marabdeli” | 25 Nov 2012

On November 25, Access Program in Batumi organized an enrichment activity devoted to drama.

Access Program in Batumi closely collaborates with PH International’s U.S. Embassy funded English Language through Civic Education (ELCE) Program in the frames of which, five Access Program students got to participate and act in a play “Robin Hood Meets Arsena Marabdeli” written and directed by the ELCE Program English Language Teacher Trainer (ELTT) Chuck Kinney
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Success Stories

Studying in the US Is Just a Step Away | 30 Nov 2015

Dianne Zhambakhidze was once a shy and silent student, but that was before she enrolled in Access. It took her nearly a year to find her voice, but now she is one of the most helpful and friendly members of the group. Peers admire her diligence and hard work and always pay extra attention to what she has to say in class when she answers questions and gives advice on homework problems.
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Access Students Find Summer Jobs | 1 Sep 2015

Second rotation of the Access program in Adjara region of Georgia started with its own set of challenges. After consultations with PH, “Changes without Borders” the implementing partner of the Access program decided to cast the participatory net wider to the outer and more remote locations of Adjara. The level of education and achievement among youth, in those remote locations, is lower than that in the Batumi public schools. Although over 200 applications were received, general starting level of language competencies among the selected 25 Access students was dramatically low. The majority of students could hardly read in English
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Access Program Student Wins FLEX Scholarship | 19 Oct 2012

Nino Samdonidze, an Access Program student from Akhaltsikhe, became a Future Leaders’ Exchange Program (FLEX) participant. She left for the United States on August 7 to complete her secondary education at a High School in Ohio, living with a local family.
According to her recent communication with the Access Program Teacher in Akhaltsikhe, Shorena Merabishvili, the first couple of months have been positively overwhelming with excitement, information, meeting new people and getting adapted to new environment and culture.

In her e-mail addressed to her Access Program English teacher, Nino wrote: “The Access Program prepared me so well for this experience! All those meetings that we had with the FLEX alumni and all the opportunities to come closer to American culture are helping me now to beat the culture shock and settle in. My family and I will never stop feeling deep gratitude to the Access Program, which played a huge role in enhancing not only my English language skills, but also developing my self-confidence and leadership qualities and prepared me for my present experiences.”
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