Morocco: Where English Access Microscholarship Began. Learn more about the English Access Microscholarship Program: http://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/english-access-microscholarship-program
English Access Transcription:
Said Elkaoukaji (English Access Coordinator): The Access started as a microsholarship program at the beginning. Just after the events of May the 16th.
And we got a phone call from someone to inform us that Casablanca was attached
Surprise, fear. Just imagine if I was there.
We used to talk about that a lot.This idea of intolerance, not accepting the other as he is.
I got a call from Dar America, asking me to select 17 students to participate
in a program that is going to be called Microscholarship Program.
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Kamilia Morkanty (English Access Teacher, Casablanca, Morocco): In the program we teach American values, customs, historical days, etc. So students become more open to the other world, not only to America, but other countries.
Mohamed ElMaanaoui (English Access Coordinator, Zagora Morocco): Access students are always different from ordinary students; the first reason is the students are given opportunities to learn English and at the same time they are given opportunities to develop their skills.
Zineb Kodia (Mother of English Access Student, Casablanca Morocco): I was very happy when my daughter was selected to be in the Access program. My daughter was among the best at school and she had good grades. [But] we [our family] didn't have the means to send her to a language school. [Because of Access] she acquired a language that I can't teach her that would help her in her life.
Khadija (English Access Alumnus, Casablanca, Morocco) Every one of us had a dream in mind and I am sure that the majority of them, you can say, achieved their dreams. Because now I know three girls they were my friends and they were also teachers of English. They were Access students and now they are teachers of English.
Mohamed: In ordinary classes we have only teaching English to the textbook. We do not have enough time and enough opportunities to help students explore their potential. So Access Program is an opportunity for the students to explore their potential, to discover who they are.
Said: Access is open in 86 countries . You know, it's not just to make you proud or self-satisfied. Words cannot describe that. Happy Birthday Access and may you live as long as we live and even when we die we want you to go on and to save lives. That's what I want to say, is that Access has saved lives. And I am sure, it's not only in Morocco, but in many other countries.
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