FHSU Center for Economic Education welcomes Tajikistan visitors

With suitcases, travelers' checks and likely a serious case of jet lag, two representatives from the National Council on Economic Education arrived in Hays this morning from the Republic of Tajikistan. The visitors are participating in an eight-day study tour with the Center for Economic Education at Fort Hays State University.

The National Council on Economic Education brings small groups of selected educators from eligible countries to the United States to see how economic education is delivered here.

Mahbouba Avezova, executive director of the Foundations for Economic Reforms, and Sulhiya Bahodurova, senior teacher at the Khudjansk branch of the Tajik University of Technology, will speak with select FHSU classes and Hays and Lucas-Luray K-12 students. They will also participate in several visits during their eight-day stay in Hays, including Hays Medical Center, Wal-Mart Super Center, Bank of America and EnerSys Telecommunications Battery Manufacturing Plant.

Avezova and Bahodurova also plan to tour FHSU's Sternberg Museum of Natural History and the Old Fort Hays Military Fort and Museum.

They and their host, Dr. Jean Anna Sellers, director of the Center for Economic Education at FHSU, will travel to Washington, DC, after the study tour to meet with representatives of nonprofit organizations and government.

Since 1995, the NCEE has conducted the economic education component of the Cooperative Education Exchange Program. Legislation for the CEEP grew out of the conviction that economic and civic education are critical to the economic health and political stability of the emerging democracies of the former Soviet Union and eastern and central Europe. The program promotes educational reform through training, materials translation and development, study tours, conferences and other forms of exchange.

For more information contact Sellers at (785) 628-4019 or jsellers@fhsu.edu.

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