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U.S. Embassy launches English language program for youth in Juba, Wau

The U.S. Embassy in Juba on Thursday launched the English Access Micro scholarship Program for youth in Juba and Wau.

 The program funded by the U.S. government aims to equip 25 secondary school students with high-quality English skills. “

“The English Access Micro scholarship Program is a great opportunity for the 50 young people who will benefit from this program,” said Michael J. Adler, U.S. Ambassador to South Sudan in a statement on Thursday.

The program also provides exposure to American culture and values through a dynamic program of classroom instruction and extra-curricular enrichment activities.

“We have recruited for gender parity to ensure that girls have equal opportunities through the Access program that can lead to further educational and professional opportunities,” said Adler.

He disclosed that the two-year program will see students strengthen their communication capabilities, in addition to developing other important skills including public speaking, technology training, and leadership.  

“U.S. government support of the Access program in South Sudan demonstrates our commitment to equipping youth with skills needed to build brighter futures,” said Adler.

The course for Juba will be taught at the American Corner at the University of Juba, and that of Wau will take place at the campus of the University of Bahr el Ghazal. 

Approximately 200,000 students in more than 90 countries have graduated from the English Access Micro Scholarship Program since its inception in 2004. 

The first iteration of the Access program in South Sudan concluded in Juba in August 2021, with 25 students completing the two-year program.   

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