Local Educators Hosting Two Visitors from Kazakhstan as Part of Study Tour on Economic Education

The UNO Center for Economic Education will be hosting two visitors from Kazakhstan -- Adilzhan Tumatov and Alexandr Astapkov -- at the UNO Center for Economic Education in Omaha, NE in April. The Center will be showing the visitors how economic education is delivered in elementary, high schools, and universities in the area.

The UNO Center was selected to host the 10-day study tour of visitors from former Soviet countries through a program sponsored by the Council for Economic Education (NCEE), headquartered in New York City. After an arrival orientation at NCEE's office in Washington, DC, the two visitors will travel to Omaha. They are scheduled to visit schools, observe teacher training activities, and meet with educational administrators and business leaders.

The visitors will be expected to learn about the successes and challenges to delivering economic education in Nebraska and the United States, inform their American counterparts on how economic education is delivered in their home countries, and bring the experience back home to their colleagues, students, community and family members through formal presentations and informal discussions. At the end of the 10 day visit, Jim Dick will accompany his visitors to Washington, DC to meet with Congressional legislators and other government and non-profit groups involved in education.

"I'm excited about meeting my international visitors and exposing them to how economic education is delivered in the schools of Nebraska," Dick said.
After returning from the study tour, Adilzhan and Alexandr will incorporate their U.S. experience into their teaching of economics, conduct workshops, and give presentations to local civics groups.

The study tour is part of the Cooperative Education Exchange Program (CEEP), a federally funded program administered by the U.S. Department of Education in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State. The aim of the Cooperative Education Exchange Program is to advance educational reform in economic education and civic education in the new democracies of the former Soviet Union and central and eastern Europe, and to help U.S. students and teachers better understand the global economy.

The program also benefits educators and students in the U.S. who meet the educators from the transition countries. Legislation for the CEEP grew out of the conviction that economic and civic education are critical to the economic health and political stability of emerging democratic market economies and are in our national interest.

The UNO Center has been involved in a variety of international economic education programs since 1997. One of the Center's Co-Directors has conducted seminars for economic educators from the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe sponsored by the NCEE's EconomicsInternational program; the Center has hosted two groups of secondary teachers from Ukraine in the Partners in Education program funded by the US Department of State. Center staff and teachers from the Omaha area have particpated in reciprocal visits to Ukraine in 2001 and 2003. In addition the Center has hosted teams of educators from Ukraine and has sponsored programs for students and teachers at Crestridge International Magnet School during international education week.

The UNO Center is a member of the Council for Economic Education (NCEE), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting economic literacy. Its mission is to help students develop economic ways of thinking and problem-solving that they can use in their lives as consumers, savers, investors, members of the workforce, responsible citizens, and effective participants in the global economy.

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