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Republic of Georgia Economists
Visit LifeSmarts' 2007 State Competition
The LifeSmarts 2007 State Competition welcomed
and hosted economic professors Nino Talakhadze and Natela Tsiklashvili
from the Democratic Republic of Georgia in Russia as guest of
LifeSmarts in March 2007. Professors Talakhadze (from Tbilisi,
Ga.) and Tsiklashvil (from Batumi, Ga.)
spent a weeklong study tour in America and were
introduced to LifeSmarts by Mrs. Julie L. Kornegay, Economic
& Financial Education Representative, Federal Reserve Bank
of Atlanta in Birmingham, AL. Upon arriving in New York, the
economists attended an orientation session and later departed
to the host city where they remained for 8 days.
Talakhadze and Tsiklashvil's visit to the
United States enhanced the perspectives of economic educators
from the Republic of Georgia by giving them an opportunity to
experience first-hand the operation of successful economic education
programs in the United States and then return home better qualified
to make a contribution to the delivery of economic education
in their countries. On the other hand for hosts like Mrs. Kornegay,
the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Birmingham Branch, Alabama
JumpStart Coalition, and LifeSmarts, the experience provided
a truly unique opportunity to learn from the visitors about the
evolving conditions in society with developing or transitioning
economies, and about the successes and challenges facing economic
educators in particular.
The professors visited schools; conversed
with teachers, university professors, curriculum specialists
and students; and meet with business leaders who support economic
education. The visit also showcased the important connection
between business and education, and conceivably also visit a
local industry or business.
The professors enjoyed the LifeSmarts competition
and expressed an interest to learn more about the national program.