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Cablegate: Zagreb Weekly Activity Report - January 30, 2008

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SUBJECT: ZAGREB WEEKLY ACTIVITY REPORT - JANUARY 30, 2008

1. (U) US Supports Mine Risk Children's Book:
Through PM/NADR demining funds, Post supported the
development of a children's comic book for
distribution in Croatia's schools. The project employed teen
artists and writers to educate
youth about the dangers of mines, which still remain a threat
in 12 of Croatia's 20 counties.
The $17,000 donatiQ to a Karlovac-based NGO continues Post's
long-term collaboration with
officials in Karlovac to demine that war-affected county, and
with its Rotary Club, which has
been actively engaged in fundraising and demining activities
for that region. The book release
received positive press attention in newspapers, radio, and
on a national morning news program.
Post will continue to support mine-risk education initiatives
and mine victim assistance as part
of its wider demining program. (KSelinger)

2. (U) Teacher's Seminar Addresses the Holocaust:
On the heels of Croatia's January 27th commemorative ceremony
for International Holocaust
Remembrance Day, Zagreb hosted a three-day seminar focused on
the Holocaust. Forty-two history
teachers attended the seminar, which was geared to help both
teachers and students learn about
the tragic events during the Second World War. The seminar
was attended by both U.S. Ambassador
Robert Bradtke and Israeli Ambassador Shmuel Meirom. Also in
attendance were representatives
from the Anne Frank House, the Ministry of Science, Education
and Sport, the Croatian Institute
for History, the Jasenovac Memorial Area, and teachers from
across the country. The seminar
provided teachers with hands-on lessons, videos and posters
to assist them in their day to day
interactions in the classrooms. Of particular note, the GoCs
focus on a multi-disciplinary
approach towards Holocaust Education was particularly
encouraging. (DFisk)

3. (U) Embassy Zagreb Launches Open Yale Courses at American
Corners:
The DCM and APAO made presentations at American Corners in
Rijeka, Osijek and Zagreb on the Open
Yale Courses, a program in which Yale University is making
some of its most popular undergraduate
courses freely available online. Intended to be featured in
American Corners, this internet-
based education program allows anyone with internet access to
take a virtual seat in a Yale
college course and quickly download video, audio and written
versions of lectures in a variety
of disciplines. Syllabi, reading assignments and problem
sets, and other materials accompany the
courses. Embassy presentations to high school and university
students and professors previewed
course materials and provided recommendations for
incorporating the Yale materials in schools.
American Corners in Rijeka and Osijek will make video
screenings of Yale courses a weekly event.
The lectures at the American Corners received coverage by
local media. Additional presentations
are scheduled for the American Corner in Zadar and at Pula
Polytechnic University. (PWingate)

4. (U) FAA Team Assesses Croatian Civil Aviation Authority:
A team of FAA inspectors conducted an International Aviation
Safety Assessment (IASA) of
Croatia,s Civil Aviation Authority last week. The visit was
prompted by a United Airlines
request to DOT for economic authority to establish a code
share with Croatia Airlines. IASA
assesses the degree to which foreign civil aviation
authorities implement International Civil
Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards in their oversight of
airlines. Post expects FAA,s
formal report and findings in the next few weeks. (NBerliner)
BRADTKE

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