English Access Micro scholarship Program

English Access Micro scholarship Program


The Access Program targets intentionally very bright, disadvantaged youth. Youth that have potential and talent, but because of their life circumstances, they just don’t have the opportunities to make anything of their lives. It’s been running since 2011 in Nepal. And here we’re very fortunate
because there’s a very strong Nepal English language
teachers’ association, and they are the people
who’ve been delivering the program. Although these are
English language classes, this is only one small part of it. Equally important
is leadership development. Confidence building. And you see this right away
six months into this program. It’s a two-year program. You’ll see an incredible growth
from students who could hardly say a word in English,
to suddenly being able to express themselves,
and eagerly, you know, to anybody that comes into the room. Another important part of this program
is the exposure to U.S. culture and values. In Nepal, they use co-teaching – the practice of two teachers
in the classroom at the same time – and we find this is really effective
in helping the students to learn. It’s a pretty dynamic idea because it gets two teachers to work together, and really share ideas
and develop ideas together, which isn’t always easy,
but it’s creating a dialog, creativity and synergy
between two different teachers. So, it’s a very different model
from what we might see in a traditional
Nepalese school system where it’s very much
teacher lecturing and the students copying. This is really teaching the teachers,
and the students, to think critically, openly, discuss ideas
and share on a more equal footing. Access is really deliberately
focusing on getting students from multiple, different backgrounds. So it really focuses
on building cultural tolerance, but understanding
more than tolerance, really relishing that diversity. So, there’s a very measurable effect,
I would say, of the way that this program can help improve the quality
of education in general in Nepal. We have here various resources. First, we have a well-managed lab, a well-equipped library here, and students don’t find
such kind of facilities in their school. They celebrate different culture,
like just now, today, we had Christmas celebration,
and they respect each other. What they have learned mostly
is that among three things like, English language learning; second thing, culture and practice
by celebrating different festivals, and third is, leadership development. When they learn something new,
they want to take a lead and they want to share to others. In our school we can’t learn these type of things,
like group, peer work. Now, slowly, they have opened up and they have come to be close with us, and then communication is there. They have a respect
– a sense of respect – and also they have gained
the confidence that they can do something
in the future as well. I have great experience in Access class, and here we learn most of the things
like positive development and leadership development, and sometimes we go
to community service like, human rights rally. MS. DENNE-BOLTON:
So Access acts as a door into the world, if you will. When kids have gone
through this program, they suddenly see themselves
as citizens of the world. Currently
there’s a huge interest in this. Access works. Access really makes a difference
in young people’s lives, and so I’m sure that we will continue
to run Access programs in Nepal, and to expand upon them.

6 thoughts on “English Access Micro scholarship Program

  1. Thank you for creating and sharing this wonderful video about the English Access Microscholarship Program in Nepal!!

  2. we are Iraqi green peace organization .in Iraq. providing Access program in Iraq in 7 provinces . hope to contact access students outside Iraq to make our students to talk with the other students

  3. Definitely, all the students should see themselves as a citizen of the world not just of a specific country. This view can change the world more effectively then other option.

  4. The lady in the introduction used to be our English Language officer in South Africa. Her dedication and nurturing approach ignited my passion for the Access Program.

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