English Language Teachers’ Association ELTAM with the financial support of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Podgorica launched English Access Microscholarship Program on 1 December, 2015. The Access Program was officially launched by the U.S. Ambassador to Montenegro Margaret Ann Uyehara, together with the president of ELTAM Ms Dragana Radoman, Deputy Minister for Primary and Preschool Education and Education of Persons with Special Education Needs Ms Arijana Nikolic-Vucinic, vice-president of Municipality of Niksic Mr Milorad Jovanovic and principal of Elementary school „Luka Simonovic“ Ms Nada Dubljevic.
Representatives of the Municipality of Niksic, the Municipal Assembly, Center for Social work of Niksic, Pluzine and Savnik, Access program students and their families, Access teachers, principals of schools whose students participate in the program and other guests were present at the launching ceremony as well.
Access is a global scholarship program that provides a foundation of English language skills to talented 13-15 year-olds from economically disadvantaged backgrounds through after-school classes and intensive sessions. The Access Program is currently being realised in more than 80 countries in the world and Montenegro has become the part of this big association for the first time.
65 students from elementary schools in Niksic applied for this scholarship program during October, 2015. About 50 candidates had been interviewed by Access teachers and representatives of the U.S. Embassy in Podgorica.
After considering different criteria such as economic status of families, number of family members, monthly income as well as students’ motivation and readiness to devote to this two-year program 25 talented students (16 girls and 9 boys) from 9 elementary schools in Niksic were selected to participate in Access program.