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English Access Microscholarship Program - Tajikistan

 This program offers the unique opportunity of two years of cost-free English classes for disadvantaged students with strong academic records and a demonstrated desire to learn the English language.

English Access Microscholarship students in Garm.

Tajikistan: The English Access Microscholarship Program has operated in Tajikistan since 2004, and more than 370 students have successfully completed the program. The program has improved the students’ ability to freely interact with English speakers; enhanced their understanding of American values, cultures, and traditions; and given them a deeper insight into the meaning of volunteerism and activism and their role in community development.

Currently, Tajikistan has nine English Access Microscholarship partners implementing Access projects all over Tajikistan. This program offers the unique opportunity of two years of cost-free English classes for disadvantaged students with strong academic records and a demonstrated desire to learn the English language. The Access program is extremely popular in Tajikistan.

In 2009, thirteen alumni of the English Access Microscholarship Program administered by the Multikid Educational Center were accepted into university. The students were accepted into seven different universities, including the Tajik State Medical University, the University of Central Asia, the Tajik State Pedagogical University, and Limkokwing University of Creative Technology in Malaysia. Their fields of study range from journalism to literature to TESOL. One alumna has been hired to teach the English language at Ahmadi Donish School in the Vahdat region. Also, two alumni made it to the second stage of the FLEX selection process.

Two alumni of the English Access Microscholarship Program administered by the Aga Khan Humanities Project were finalists for FLEX in 2009, and another student was selected as an alternate. An alumna was accepted to the University of Central Asia, and an alumnus was invited to the United States for one month to participate in a sports-related project.

The students who participate in the English Access Microscholarship Program administered by the Marifatnoki NGO in Garm come from very rural backgrounds in a far-flung, very conservative part of Tajikistan, and they enter the program with nearly zero familiarity with the English language; however, the program has been extremely successful and has had remarkable results.

Last year, one of the Access students from Garm was selected for the FLEX program; this year, eight students were semi-finalists for FLEX, and two of those students were chosen. Seven alumni recently were accepted into various universities, and a few alumni are teaching English.

In addition to that, the English Access Microscholarship students recently participated in a speech competition, where they competed against students from the Garm Pedagogical University. The Access students were the winners.

And it’s not only the Access students in Garm who have been successful. One of the English Access Microscholarship Program teachers from Garm participated in the Study of the United States Institute for Secondary Educators (SUSI) at the University of Illinois at Chicago in July 2009.

Read more about the program here

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