One of Kiwimbi's landmark projects is the English Access Program.Access is a two-year program that provides a foundation of English language skills leading to better educational and job prospects. Participants are also eligible to apply for future exchanges and study in the United States. Students in the program benefit from learning English, developing leadership skills, and gain confidence.
Participants are talented 13-20 year-olds from economically disadvantaged areas who attend weekend and vacation camps that Kiwimbi is in a unique position to provide. And we have! We first became involved in 2014. This year, even as the Embassy was reducing the number of students from 400 to only 60 students nationwide, Kiwimbi was awarded 40 slots. The Embassy cited the Amagoro program as superior and true to the vision.
We will work with these students for two years. They will gain an appreciation for U.S. culture and democratic values through cultural enhancement activities. The first project, to commemorate African American History Month, is studying American history - from slavery to abolition, and MLK to Barack Obama.
The full program covers the secondary school English curriculum as well as gender issues, environmental responsibility, ethnic tolerance, U.S. history, holidays, and popular culture.
Performance of some of our first English Access students
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