First National Special Olympics Games were held in Baku November
7-10, 1998. About 200 mentally retarded children competed in
sports such as basketball, power-lifting, swimming, table tennis
and track and field. Amoco Caspian Sea Petroleum Limited, the
sponsor for the event, has been sponsoring Special Olympics projects
in Azerbaijan since 1995.
of Ahmadli Orphanage looking through the art book of their children's
work, "Come Along with Me," published by Amoco.
Book of Children's
A delightfully bright colored new publication entitled "Come
Along With Me" features artwork by Azerbaijani children
from the Ahmadli Orphanage. The publishing of the book was funded
by Amoco and proceeds from the book's sale will go to establish
a college scholarship fund for these children. For copies, contact:
Toddler Town Daycare Center, Wellington Heights. Tel: (99-412)
97-56-12 (Photo at bottom of page).
Amoco recently funded the publishing of 20,000 first-grade alphabet
primers for Azerbaijani schools. Some of the "Alefba"
textbooks were presented along with school supplies to refugee
children in camps located in the Sabirabad and Imishli region.
Accor-ding to the Ministry of Education, there are 175,000 first-graders
in Azerbaijan today, but only 100,000 textbooks are available
for classroom use.
Beginning in 1992, Amoco has sponsored a number of educational
projects in Azerbaijan. Twelve specialists from the Institute
of International Education spent one year at the University of
Texas in Austin. Four employees from the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs attended classes at Georgetown University in Washington,
D.C. Amoco has also sponsored three seminars on economics for
secondary school teachers conducted at Baku's Advanced Teachers'
Training Institute by the U.S. National Council on Economic Education
(1994, 1995, 1996).
As a result of these seminars, the Ministry of Education introduced
the study of economics in high schools in Azerbaijan. In addition,
Amoco is sponsoring the publication of a new textbook on economics
currently being prepared in the U.S. by the National Council
on Economic Education.
(6.4) Winter 1998.
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