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Posted on: Mar 03,2016

In collaboration with American Embassy, DDU has launched a two year long English Access Micro scholarship Program (Access) to public schools of Dire Dawa City Administration Students.

With USD 45, 000 funds from United States of America, Access Program has been arranged to provide a foundation of English language skills to bright, economically disadvantaged 13-20 years old students of Dire Dawa City Administration’s public schools through afterschool and intensive programming.

After being selected as ‘In-Country Educational Service Provider’, so as to run the Access Program, Dire Dawa University started the movement of selecting students for the project. Out of 165 students who got registered initially from six governmental (public) schools (Goro, Gende Tesfa, Sabian no 1, Sabian no 2, Sabian no 3 and Sabian High School) of Dire Dawa City, 75 final eligible students were identified through in-depth interview, and a thorough examination of students’ academic performance and documents that show their economic status and family back ground.

Left Photo showing the recruitment  process & the right photo students enrolled in the Access

The class was began by assigning all 75 students into three different sections based on their class level and achievement. And in doing so due attention was given for gender equality in allocating proportional numbers of male and female participants in the program.

As it gives the students a chance to experience University life in their early age, the Access Program is set to be taken place with various educational trips, and intensive classes. Intensive classes are held after students are provided with dormitories, and cafeteria services in the University. Thus, it is believed that Access would give opportunities to students to practice English intensively with Access teachers as well as their friends. As far as Instructor Ermias Mulatu & Instructor Abraraw concerned this kind of supportive program means a lot to them. They state that in spite of helping students to widen their English language proficiency, it would arouse their interest to participate in community services voluntary. Moreover it is vital for creating visionary citizens.

A greater sensitivity to cultural differences, coupled with the acquired English language skills, Acess will enable the participants to take advantage of opportunities that had previously been unavailable to them.” says Markos Medihin, who is the Head of English Language Department and Coordinator of the Access Program. He further remarks that Access Program aims at seeking to equip selected students with strong English language skills that can lead to better jobs, educational opportunities, and gain the ability to participate in and compete for future exchanges and study in the United States. Access students also gain an appreciation for U.S. cultural values through enhancement activities.

So far it has been learnt from the already undertaken classes that the teaching learning process is more of interactive; students are active participants and intimate with their Access teachers. “One of the manifestations of the close relationship between them is that they call themselves ‘The Access family’”, says Mr. Megersa Dadi, who is one of Access teachers.