PH International

English Access Microscholarship Program

Country: Georgia
Category: Educational Development Programs


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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

100 students celebrate English Access Microscholarship Program (Access) graduation in four regions of Georgia | 9 Mar 2015

Access program, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, provides a foundation of English language skills to talented 13-20 year-olds from economically disadvantaged sectors.
This year 100 students completed a two-year English language course. The ceremonies were held in Ambrolauri, Poti, Rustavi and Gori. The Ambassador, Richard Norland and Cultural Affairs Officer James Dewey rewarded the graduates with certificates and books donated by the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi. The Access program not only teaches students English but also encourages them to volunteer in their communities and be active members of society.
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Second Rotation of Students Graduate the Access Program in Akhaltsikhe and Ozurgeti | 17 Dec 2014

On December 10, 2014, English Access Microscholarship Program held its second graduation ceremony in Akhaltsikhe and Ozurgeti. 25 students from socially and economically disadvantaged families that have been enrolled in the program for two years, said good-bye to Access and promised to keep in touch, continue developing their language skills and act as mentors and advisers to the new recruits in case if the program continues.
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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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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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