|From the Civic Education Project
Newsletter, Volume 1, Number 2, Summer 1995
the middle of July, the fifth annual contingent
of Civic Education Project lecturers -- roughly
125 strong -- will gather in New Haven,
Connecticut for their pre-departure orientation.
Already, they are working intensively with CEP's
New Haven staff to prepare their late-August
departures: arranging flights, ordering books and
teaching materials, coping with the maddening
complexities of long-term visa applications.
At the same time, their predecessors, the 112
1994-95 CEP lecturers, are packing their
belongings and heading home after a rewarding and
challenging year teaching students and helping
foster educational reform in Donetsk, Vilnius,
Timisoara, Krasnodar and 40 other large and small
cities throughout Eastern Europe and the NIS.
Meanwhile, in Washington, an intense debate
rages about U.S. government assistance to reform
in these newly-democratizing countries, with the
kind of rhetorical excess and "waste and
abuse" stories usually reserved for the
equally intense debate on welfare reform.
Like any diverse group of educated people from
many different countries, CEP lecturers hold a
wide range of views on the merits of foreign aid
programs, the proper balance of public and
private funding for such efforts, and the
relative importance and effectiveness of
different types of assistance. Yet they share one
simple conviction: that in their own modest ways,
with energy and creativity rather than deep
pockets, Western volunteers can serve as vital
agents of change in Eastern Europe and the NIS.
On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff
of the Civic Education Project, I salute and
congratulate the 1994-95 CEP teaching corps for
the countless small miracles they have wrought in
this past year, and I welcome our 1995-96 faculty
to the great adventure that awaits them.
Kerry Stephen McNamara
Civic Education Project