The Embassy of the United States supports Malagasy youth education through English Microscholarships
The Embassy of the United States and the English Teaching Program (ETP) launched the call for this year’s “English Microscholarship Access Program”. The program calls for the participation of talented teenagers of 13 to 20 year-old from public high schools that come from economically disadvantaged sectors in Madagascar. This two-year program, funded by the State Department, aims at helping these teenagers gain English skills through after-school classes and intensive sessions. A good command of English language may lead them to find better jobs and educational prospects, to possess the ability to compete for and to participate in future exchange programs and studies in the U.S. and gain appreciation for U.S culture and democratic values through cultural enhancement activities.
Administered by ETP and in partnership with the Ministry of Education, the English Access Microscholarship Program has two components: English language lessons according to the level of the student and cultural activities that build a better understanding of the United States. The program emphasizes oral presentation and listening comprehension. Classes start on April 5, 2016 and ends on December 23, 2017. The tuition and the student’s books are funded by the program.
Note that the 1st cohort of the English Access Microscholarships Program officially received their certificates on January 16, 2013 at the U.S. Embassy. For this 6th cohort, 48 students will be selected. Since the inception of this program in 2004, more than 100,000 students in more than 85 countries participated.
Applicants must provide:
- An identity card or birth certificate (original and copy);
- A report card/certificate from school (original and copy)/ transcript;
- Documents confirming the status of low-income families (certificate of family composition/certificate of disability or loss of a breadwinner/having many children/yearly family certificate of income for the U.S. Embassy/help from the pension/certificate of divorce of the parents);
- 2 photos 3 x 4 inches;
- Resume (list of achievements and skills); and
- Letters of recommendation from 1) the supervisor of the educational institution and 2) the English teacher.