1,350 Palestinian Students Graduate from the U.S. Consulate’s English-Language Access Program

1,350 Palestinian Students Graduate from the U.S. Consulate’s
English-Language Access Program Ready for Success

JERUSALEM – Over the last month, 1,350 Palestinian students from the West Bank, Jerusalem, and Gaza graduated from the U.S. Consulate General’s English Access Microscholarship Program – an 18-month intensive program that empowers ambitious Palestinian students to improve their English and build important skills that prepare them for the future.

The Access program, funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by AMIDEAST, is not simply a language program; Palestinian students engage in community service and cultural activities, and they learn about critical thinking, problem solving, debate, and public speaking. These skills will help graduates from the Access program succeed academically and professionally in their future careers.

One graduation ceremony was held in the El-Helou International Hotel in Gaza on April 26, and three were held at the Red Crescent Society premises in Al-Bireh for graduates from the West Bank and Jerusalem on May 5, May 12, and May 19. American Consul General Donald Blome attended the graduation ceremony on Friday May 19 and handed out certificates for the graduating Access students, who will now join the ranks of almost 12,000 Palestinian alumni of the Access program.

Link to Graduation Photos and Videos:

· Gaza Graduation Photo Album

· West Bank May 5 Graduation Photo Album

· West Bank May 5 Graduation Video

· West Bank May 12 Photo Album

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For more information please contact the U.S. Consulate General’s Press Office at
02-622-6908 or Samar Dissi 0546620257