On December 9, Stuart Wilson, Principal Officer of the U.S. Embassy Branch Office in Douala, presided at the graduation ceremony of 40 students who completed a fully-funded two-year intensive English language course at the American Language Center in Douala, under the English Access Microscholarship Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.
In her opening remarks, Mrs. Hermine Jumban, Director of the American Language Center in Douala, thanked the United States for promoting education and the learning of English language through this program. “The English Access Program has given students from underprivileged backgrounds the opportunity to learn English in ideal circumstances. In addition to language skills, the students were introduced to some global issues such as Human Rights, climate change, gender equity and community service,” she said.
The ceremony provided the graduating students an occasion to showcase the knowledge and skills acquired during the two-year period. This was done through singing, poetry and sketches, and presentations on various aspects of American culture and history and how they relate to Cameroon’s own history and cultural traditions.
Mr. Stuart Wilson congratulated the students for their hard work and dedication and encouraged them to persevere in their efforts to master the English language. “This program provides you access to success. As President Obama has said and Ambassador Michael S. Hoza has reaffirmed here in Cameroon, the United States is committed to strengthening educational opportunities that prepare the next generation of leaders in all sectors – today’s youth – the tools needed to assume greater responsibilities in building a future of unity, peace, and prosperity in Africa and this nation,” he observed.
Mrs. Elisabeth Noutsa, Inspector Coordinator for Bilingualism at the Littoral Regional Delegation for Secondary Education, speaking on behalf of the Regional delegate, thanked the U.S. Embassy for supporting the efforts of the Government of Cameroon to provide quality education to its young citizens. The event ended with presentation of certificates of achievement and gifts to graduating students. See Facebook album of program: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10156308569575716.1073742141.312546460715&type=3&uploaded=5.
For further information about the English Access Microscholarship Program, visit the website: http://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/EnglishAccess or contact the U.S. Embassy.