US boosts skills of English teachers across Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, December 16, 2019: On December 7-8, the U.S. Embassy hosted 40 teachers from across Sri Lanka for a two-day Access teacher training in Colombo. A micro-scholarship program funded by the U.S. Embassy, ​​Access teaches students English and leadership skills for two years. English language specialists from the United States delivered the training, which included lessons on critical thinking, leadership skills, community service, personal development, and American culture and values. Access teachers prepare students for future educational and employment opportunities by developing their talents.

“Giving students the tools to participate in an increasingly interconnected global marketplace will help them find well-paying, skilled work and enable Sri Lanka to build a competitive workforce,” said the U.S. Ambassador. Alaina Teplitz. “This training helps teachers better prepare the next generation of Sri Lankan leaders to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities that come their way.”

Launched in Sri Lanka in 2004, the Access program provides a foundation of English skills to bright and economically disadvantaged students, mostly between the ages of 13 and 20. Access programs cultivate English skills that enable participants who complete the program to pursue a wider range of employment. and educational options. Participants also gain the opportunity to compete and participate in future exchanges and studies in the United States. There are ten Access Centers across Sri Lanka. Access teachers receive training in the country and abroad.