By Roy Mabasa
The United States Embassy in Manila has launched a new micro-scholarship program focusing on English instruction for 94 students, mostly from Muslim communities in Quezon City and Taguig.
Called English Access Microscholarship Programs, it provides 13 to 20 years old students from low-income communities with a foundation in English during two years of afterschool instruction
The launching activities were held in Quezon City on April 6 (44 students) and in Taguig City on April 12 (50 students) in partnership with the Taguig National High School.
Access Program, through the US Embassy, also partnered with the University of the Philippines Diliman Research Institute for Islamic Social Sciences, Inc.
Since 2007, at least 1,756 Filipino have received scholarships under the program.
It added that the new students, many from Muslim communities in Quezon City and Taguig, are among the 134 students currently enrolled in Access programs throughout the Philippines.
On April 10, 50 students graduated from the Access Program at Leyte National High School in Tacloban City.
Approximately 150,000 students in more than 80 countries have participated in the Access Program since its inception in 2004.