We visited the department of Chiquimula to learn about the progress of the Basic English Access Recruitment (BEAR) program, which is an initiative to serve as a basis for developing social skills, communication and elementary English language preparation for future fellows of the English Access Microscholarship Program.
BEAR operates in coordination with the U.S. Department of State Alumni Association and various local educational institutions to provide the opportunity to train talented students from low-income households, who fill the profile of the program and who have the potential to qualify for an Access scholarship.
Currently, 128 students are participating in BEAR Fellowships in Chiquimula. They prepare to learn English and also are trained to later use those language skills as a tool to seek better education opportunities and expand their universe in building prosperity. The program is also a means to create youth networks that engage in finding solutions to the challenges facing their communities.