Ambassador Yamate ACCESS Event Remarks

Ambassador Yamate ACCESS Event Remarks

American Center Tanjombato, Saturday, January 28, 2017, 10:00 – 11:00

Minister of National Education,

ETP Board Director,

ETP Director,

Distinguished guests, family members, and ACCESS graduates and future participants,

I am honored to celebrate with you today a double event ­­– the graduation of the 5th cohort and the launch of the 7th cohort of the English Access Microscholarship program students.

The United States Embassy Madagascar is committed to supporting the advancement of the English language, and the success of this program is the result of collaborative efforts with partners including the Ministry of National Education and English Teaching Program.

I want to thank the skilled and diligent English Teaching Program instructors for demonstrating a high level of professionalism and enthusiasm in helping these students become high achievers.

I would also like to thank the parents present here today and even those who could not make it to this ceremony.  Your unwavering support and consistent encouragement significantly contributes to the success of the program and helps boost your children’s motivation to think big and see beyond the horizon as they embrace new cultures and skills through English learning.

Now I would like to offer my congratulations go to the graduating class.  Thank you for your hard work and going the extra mile to reach this important day.  We all know that language learning is a process and can be challenging at times, but you should feel proud of what you have achieved over the past two years.

I hope that as a result of participating in the ACCESS program, you have learned not only the language but also other key skills that will make you competitive in future professional and academic opportunities.

Let me now turn to the ACCESS first-timers. Congratulations on being selected to participate in this program.  ACCESS will give you the opportunity to learn English intensively and, perhaps just as importantly, to gain an appreciation of U.S. culture and values.

Even beyond the many skills you will gain, I hope you enjoy the experience and have fun with one another – because a strong relationship with your cohort-mates and teachers will make your next two years unforgettable.

I wish you all great success on the journey ahead.  Congratulations.