U.S. Consulate General Mumbai Inaugurates English Access Microscholarship Program in Mumbai

Mumbai: U. S. Consulate General Mumbai’s Cultural Affairs Officer Anamika Chakravorty will inaugurate the English Access Microscholarship Program at Anjuman-I-Islam’s Syed Tyabji Girls High School, Nagpada, Mumbai,on Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

100 students will participate in the program at Syed Tyabji Girls High School. This program is part of the U.S. Consulate General Mumbai’s partnership with Anjuman-I-Islam and its affiliate schools:  Saif Tyabji Girls High School, Jan Mohammed Cassum Co-Ed School, and Ahmed Sailor High School for Boys.  During the two-year English Access Microscholarship program, 100 students from these schools will learn the English skills that may lead to better jobs and educational prospects. Cultural Affairs Officer Anamika Chakravorty said “The Access program opens a window to a world of ideas and opportunities for students.  English proficiency is a tool to succeed in today’s interconnected and interdependent world.”

The U.S. State Department’s English Access Microscholarship Program empowers 14 to 18 year-olds in communities around the world to study English. Since its inception, U.S. embassies have selected English teaching schools in 44 countries to enroll approximately 20,000 students in the English Access Microscholarship Program. In addition to English language training, the program provides an American-style classroom experience that emphasizes active learning, enhancing students’ skills and providing new opportunities.

In India, the Access Program started in 2004 with four locations.  To date, Access has expanded to 14 cities. The two-year program consists of 180 hours of English language instruction each academic year and a 30-hour summer intensive program. Students also participate in additional activities that provide exposure to U.S. culture, democratic values, and community service. The first Access program in Mumbai took place from 2009 to 2011 with 100 students.

Anjuman-I-Islam runs study courses from kindergarten to 12th grade, with approximately 4300 female students. Affiliated to the Maharashtra State Education Board, Anjuman-I-Islam is primarily an Urdu medium school, with science and mathematics courses in English.  It also runs an English-medium school for grades 1 to 4.

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