The English Access Partnership Program (EAPP) incorporates the fundamental features and goals of the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) English Access Microscholarship Program as administered in Egypt by the Regional English Language Office (RELO) of the U.S. Embassy. The USAID-funded EAPP intends to lay the foundation for a more sustainable approach to such a program for underserved youth in Egypt. It accomplishes this by focusing on partnerships with local institutions: The Integrated Care Society libraries in Cairo and The Misrt Public Library in Al- Khrga, The New Valley governorate.
The program will start mid March 2012 in Cairo in six locations:
Imbaba, Arab Almohamady, Dowaika, Agouza, Shoubra Al-khaima and Ein Helwan and early summer 2012 in the New Valley.
The English Access Microscholarship Program provides a foundation of English language skills to talented 14- to 16 year-olds from disadvantaged populations in Egypt through after-school classes and intensive summer learning activities. The program also gives participants the opportunity to gain an appreciation for American culture and democratic values, increases their ability to participate successfully in the socio-economic development of their countries, and improve their chances of participating in U.S. educational and exchange programs. The program promotes tolerance and the acceptance of cultural differences. US cultural traditions and holidays are celebrated and fused with similar Egyptian events in an attempt to bridge cultural gaps.
The program will be implemented in seven governorates, four of which are new Access locations in Egypt.
Applications will be available April 2012. The program is expected to start early June 2012.