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U.S. Embassy Awards Grant to Launch English-language Newspaper
February 28, 2022

CDA Hyatt in Comoros
President of Comoros YALI Alumni Chapter Jean Mone, Chargé d’Affaires Amy Hyatt, Project Leader Antuf Soule Mhoudine, and ORTC Director General Abbasse Mhadjou during the ceremony.

Today at the American Corner Moroni, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Amy J. Hyatt awarded a $8,000 grant to help launch Comoros’ first English language newspaper. The grant, provided to the Comoros Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Alumni Chapter, will support the Chapter’s Comorian English Newspaper Project.

This project will lead to the launch of Comoros Positif, a youth-oriented English-language newspaper that will be distributed for free to promote the English language in Comoros, provide youth-oriented news from Comoros and the world, and publicize opportunities for Comorian youth in education, civic engagement, environmental protection, and economic development. Comoros Positif will target English students and teachers, young professionals, and other youth interested in reading the news in English.

“The U.S. Embassy is proud to support the launch of Comoros Positif and other initiatives to strengthen the teaching and learning of English in Comoros. With English being the most widely spoken language in the world, the language of internet and the global economy, we believe that helping the people of Comoros, particularly the youth, learn English will open a wide range of educational and economic opportunities,” said Chargé Hyatt.

This non-profit endeavor project will be led by Mhoudine Soule Antuf under the umbrella of the Comoros YALI Alumni Chapter. Antuf is a 2018 alumnus of the YALI Regional Leadership Center in South Africa. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from University of Comoros. Other YALI alumni will be involved in this project as editors, correspondents, advisors, guest speakers, organizers, and interviewees.

The Comorian English Newspaper Project was originally proposed through the U.S. Embassy’s 2021 Public Diplomacy Small Grants Competition. The 2022 Public Diplomacy Small Grants Competition is now open for proposals. For more information, view the program information on the U.S. Embassy website.