Twenty-four English Access Micro-scholarship Program (Access) students recited poems that they wrote in English at the conclusion of a five-day workshop, January 12th -15th. The workshop was organized by the US Embassy’s Regional English Language Office in cooperation with the American Cultural and Educational Center (ACEC) in Juffair.
During the five-day workshop, visiting US Specialist Dr. Alison Koushki taught the students English through poetry. The topic of the workshop was “Poetry, the white magic.” Each student was asked to write a very simple, yet deeply, meaningful poem about their identity and to perform it to music of their own choosing. This workshop integrated several language and life skills. Students found it very engaging and enjoyable as they eagerly listen to their peers recite their poems.
The Access program is sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Bahrain. The Access program provides scholarships to disadvantaged youth to help them contribute to society and fulfill their aspirations for higher education and better employment. Almost 200,000 students have received Access scholarships in 88 countries since 2004, including 1,200 Bahraini students.