PH International

English Access Microscholarship Program

Country: Georgia
Category: Educational Development Programs

About

Web Site: http://www.ph-int.org/access_ge/

The purpose of the English Access Microscholarship Program (Access program) is to make the study of English more accessible to adolescents from an economically disadvantaged background. In addition to working on their language skills, the participants of the program become familiar with the aspects of US culture and develop deeper understanding of current issues in North American society. Greater sensitivity to cultural differences, coupled with the acquired language skills, enable the participants to take advantage of the opportunities that had previously been unavailable to them. 

The program works with more than 400 economically-underprivileged students aged 13-17 in 18 locations of Georgia,  providing after-school English classes, summer schools and enrichment activities at no cost to the students and enhancing English language skills thereby developing increased self-confidence, stronger critical thinking skills, and increased opportunities for study or employment.

Program is funded by US Embassy in Georgia and implemented in partnership with local NGO partners in the the regions of Georgia. 

 

Program News

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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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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