"THE US CAN HAVE BETTER AND CLOSER ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL RELATIONS
WITH COUNTRIES THAT ARE THEMSELVES COMMITTED TO DEVELOPING DEMOCRACY."
January 23-26 ASCP opened five Internet Computer Centers in Baku. At
the opening of Baku School #49's Internet Computer Center, the
thirtieth ICC connected to the ASCP network, the students, teachers,
parents, community members, the Minister of Education, Misir Mardanov
and the Public Affairs Officer of the US Embassy to Azerbaijan, Theresa
Markiw, were in attendance for a display of the Internet usage in
American Studies classes. Community Outreach Coordinator, Vusal
Khanlarov, and Program Coordinator,
Ulker Kazimova, engaged guests and
students into a conversation about the resources for American speeches
available on the Internet. Mr. Khanlarov introduced the American
Rhetoric: Top 100 American Speeches of the 20th Century ()
website to give the guests the opportunity to listen to John F.
Kennedy's famous speech on Civil Rights delivered in 1963. Ms. Kazimova
then brought the discussion to the Department of State's own website on
which the Secretary of State, Colin Powell, expressed the United
States' dedication to helping countries around the world to develop
into strong democracies. (See )
Kazimova asked students why America held such a belief in the
democratization of the world's countries. Mirza, a tenth grade student,
answered, "The US can have better and closer economic and political
relations with countries that are themselves committed to developing
democracy." Ms. Kazimova also posed the question how ASCP might further
the initiative in Azerbaijan. Another student, Irada, answered that the
more information children and citizens have access to, the better they
can fulfill their roles in the society.
opening of Baku School #49 was just the beginning of such activities.
Soon the students will be trained in computers and able to participate
in the Civic Education Curriculum or the American Studies initiative,
Comparative Civics or a number of other great modules for the
advancement of civic education and American Studies and join
educational partnerships with schools in the United States and other
countries around the world.