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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.