On November 10, 2017, U.S. Embassy Kinshasa launched the English Access Microscholarship Program (ACCESS) in Bandundu Ville, Kwilu Province, DRC. ACCESS will provide 100 Bandundu Ville high school students a foundation in English language through two years of after-school classes. Mrs. Yolonda Kerney, Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa, led the embassy delegation, which presented the 100 students with certificates of participation and backpacks containing the school supplies required for their English courses. During the launching ceremony, the Mayor of Bandundu Ville thanked the U.S. Embassy for its generous support of Congolese youth.
Bandundu Ville is the third DRC city, after Kinshasa and Lubumbashi, to benefit from the U.S. Embassy’s ACCESS program. ACCESS gives participants English skills that may lead to better jobs and educational prospects. Since its inception in 2004, approximately 95,000 economically disadvantaged students in over 85 countries have participated in ACCESS.