On March 2, 2013, the U.S. Embassy with implementing partner Iraqi Green Peace Organization (IGPO) celebrated the graduation of 48 English Access Microscholarship Program scholarship recipients.
Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) Douglas Silliman and Mr. Samir Al‑Badrawi, Director of IGPO, congratulated the graduates and presented their certificates of completion. Dr. Mahdiya Abed Hasan, Baghdad Council Member, attended the event.
The English Access Microscholarship Program provides two-year English language scholarships to disadvantaged Iraqi high school students of all backgrounds. By improving their English language skills, the students increase their ability to compete for international education and employment opportunities and participate in cultural exchange.
DCM Silliman encouraged the students: “As you go on to university and beyond, excellent English language skills will help you create new opportunities to help your communities and your country.” Dr. Mahdiya stated, “English language is extremely important, and I would like to thank the U.S. Embassy for the Access program and for the opportunities it offers Iraqi youth today.”
The Access Program in Iraq began with 152 students in 2008 in only four provinces. It currently serves approximately 1,500 students in all provinces of Iraq. English language education initiatives and the English Access Microscholarship Program, in particular, support the Strategic Framework Agreement between the United States and Iraq by building people to people ties through cultural and educational exchanges.
(Source: Embassy of the United States)