U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Ambassador Elizabeth H. Richard recently honored 580 Lebanese high school students for completing 400 hours of English language instruction, as part of the U.S. State Department-funded English Micro-scholarship Program (Access).
The Access program, which began in Lebanon in 2004, provides free English language training to 14 to 18 year-olds around the country. In addition to after-school classes in English, the program offers other activities such as community service, workshops on professional skills and career orientation, and cultural activities and outings.
Participating students in Lebanon come from public secondary schools in underserved regions of North Lebanon, Beqaa, Mount Lebanon, Beirut and South Lebanon. AMIDEAST manages the program, which teaches English to Lebanese youth at 29 locations throughout the country. Since its inception in Lebanon, nearly 5,000 students have joined the Access program. The program is administered in cooperation with the Lebanese Ministry of Education, which provides public school facilities for the after-school classes.