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Ethiopia - United States Embassy, The Study Center Congratulate English Access Micro-Scholarship Students in Harar
Addis Ababa (U.S. Embassy) – On December 12 at the Harar Education Bureau Hall, 43 students were recognized for their completion of the English Access Micro-Scholarship Program, a supplemental English language program co-sponsored by The Study Center in Harar and the Embassy of the United States of America in Addis Ababa. Since 2008, these 11th and 12th grade students have been complementing their studies at government high schools with approximately three hours per week of additional coursework at the Study Center. The Study Center program focuses on English language instruction and practice, computing, entrepreneurship and life skills.
The ceremony at the Harar Education Bureau Hall was attended by a number of Education Bureau officials. U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Officer Alyson Grunder noted that the graduating students were the first students in Harar to receive the English Access Micro-Scholarships, a program sponsored by the U.S. State Department to promote English language learning in Ethiopia and many other countries. The Embassy is also co-sponsoring this micro-scholarship program at The Study Center in Addis Ababa. Grunder remarked, “We are deeply impressed by the hard work and commitment that the English Access Micro-Scholarship students in Harar have demonstrated and we hope that their studies will enhance their future educational and career opportunities.”
In addition to celebrating the graduation of the first English Access students, the U.S. Embassy and The Study Center welcomed 40 new students into the second cohort of participants in the Harar English Access program. Half of the 40 scholarship recipients are female, with all ethnic and religious groups represented. The students were selected from different public high schools around Harar through a competitive process.
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