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NISKAYUNA: Exchange program gets boost

"We were originally in Russia and we wanted to expand the program but make sure that everything flowed from Russia so we could build on the activities we were already doing," said Schechter, the director of Sage's Council for Citizenship Education. "All the countries we've added in this phase of the program were part of the former Soviet Union except for Bulgaria, but they were part of the Soviet block for decades after World War II."

The strategic importance of those countries can't be overrated, according to Jeanne Neff, Sage College president.

"The Civics Mosaic program has influenced hundreds of thousands of teachers and students, and this grant will continue in a region that's important for a variety of reasons, including its proximity to the Middle East and China."

"The program serves as a tool for middle and high school teachers who want their students to connect civic knowledge and civic engagement," Schechter explained. "The larger purpose of Civics Mosaic is to teach American and foreign students to learn how to think and act civically and to address the issues of their own communities and beyond." ""

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