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Sylhet Students Graduate from U.S. Embassy Dhaka’s English Access Microscholarship Program
April 12, 2021

Twenty students from Sylhet successfully completed the rigorous U.S.-funded two-year Access Program, strengthening their English language, critical thinking, and leadership skills, and other marketable soft skills.

DHAKA, April 12, 2021 – U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl Miller congratulated Sylhet’s 20 newest graduates of the U.S. State Department-funded English Access Microscholarship Program during a virtual ceremony on April 12, 2021.  Ambassador Miller praised the 10 young women and 10 young men from local madrasas and public schools for their hard work in completing the course during the pandemic and encouraged them to continue their studies to prepare for the future.  “Bangladesh just marked its Golden Jubilee – the day when it declared its intention and ability to chart its own path. There’s no better time to recognize the power of young minds – like yours – to design the next 50 years. You can take your new skills and use them as leaders who will shape the future of Bangladesh,” he said.

The English Access Microscholarship Program is a rigorous, two-year interactive program building a foundation in English language, American culture, critical thinking, and leadership skills for 13-17-year-olds from economically-disadvantaged backgrounds and helps them become more competitive for higher education and employment opportunities.  Currently, 76 students are participating in Access programs in Rajshahi and Chattogram.  Two hundred additional students will start the program in 2021.  Since the program began in 2004, 1,260 Bangladeshi students have successfully completed it.  Today’s graduating class joins 95,000 other Access program alumni in more than 85 countries around the world.

Empowerment and Human Development Society, the Embassy’s implementing partner for this Access program, played an integral role in helping convert the interactive in-person course and materials to an online program.

The Access program is one of U.S. Embassy Dhaka’s many initiatives during this Golden Jubilee year to strengthen and expand people-to-people ties and educational linkages between the United States and Bangladesh, enhance the quality of education locally, and empower Bangladeshi youth through innovative learning opportunities.

For more information about U.S. Embassy Dhaka’s English language programs, visit:  https://bd.usembassy.gov/education-culture/english-language-programs/.

For information about other Embassy- and U.S. government-funded exchange opportunities for students, visit: https://bd.usembassy.gov/education-culture/student-exchange-programs/.

For English language development opportunities and learning resources, visit:  https://americanenglish.state.gov/ and its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AmericanEnglishatState.

To learn more about a new U.S. State Department-sponsored no-cost Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Assessment of English Language Learners for teachers of English and education professionals, visit: https://www.canvas.net/browse/fhi-pd/courses/assessment-english-language-learners.

Empowerment and Human Development Society (EHDS) partnered with the Embassy to deliver this Access program.  EHDS is a Sylhet based non-profit organization founded in 2009 by alumni of U.S. government exchange programs, and is focused on promoting girls’ education, leadership development of women and girls and English instruction.  As a trusted partner of U.S. Embassy Dhaka since 2010, EHDS has been awarded several grants to support community development and educational programs in Sylhet.