|From the Civic Education Project
Newsletter, Volume 2, Number 1, Fall 1995
any project such as ours one of the most
difficult challenges is getting the news media to
pay attention to the success of our efforts.
During 1995 CEP staff, lecturers and students
have all worked hard to "get the word
out" about CEP in the media in Europe and in
the United States and the results of these
combined efforts have been impressive.
Since the beginning of the summer, hardly a
week has gone by without an article appearing
either about CEP or in which CEP lecturers and
staff are mentioned or quoted. Increasingly CEP
is being recognized as the most wide-ranging and
successful educational reform project under way
in Eastern Europe and the NIS--one that sets the
standard by which other programs are measured. In
particular, many commentators are impressed by
how much we accomplish without significant U.S.
The citations that follow are just a sample of
the positive coverage CEP has received this year:
The Chronicle of Higher Education,
October 20, on new educational institutions in
Russia that featured veteran CEP lecturer Brian
The Hartford Courant, September
18, on CEP Romania lecturer Christopher Stan.
Suddeutsche Zeitung, August 26,
on the experiences of CEP students, including the
following quotation from Catalin Stoica
(Bucharest): "In my second year, however,
[CEP] lecturers started to teach here and I took
five classes with them. Since then my way of
thinking has thoroughly changed."
USA Today (International
Edition), May 31, "While the U.S. Congress
debates foreign-aid cuts, the four-year old Civic
Education Project is turning heads as a model for
U.S. foreign assistance."
Der Standard, May 8, on the
student conference, "I am very glad that I
came to Vienna with the help of this CEP
conference. Abroad I can express myself more
freely. Here I can say things without being
afraid that those in power in Albania will make
my life more difficult." -- CEP Student
Roald Nashi (Tirana)