During a two-day tour of the Balkans, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited two Civitas partners: Civic Initiatives in Serbia and Civitas@BiH in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In Kosovo, she was greeted by former Civitas students as her motorcade traveled past them on Bill Clinton Boulevard. During a television interview in Pristina, Secretary Clinton stressed the importance of investing in the regions’ youth and noted the responsibility that they bear in bringing about integration and reconciliation.
In her meetings with Civic Initiatives in Serbia, Secretary Clinton highlighted the commitment of the United States in supporting a strong and stable democratic society. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Secretary attended a meeting with ten representatives of the Project Citizen alumni network, during which she was presented with their public policy proposals. Clinton was asked for assistance and advice in influencing public policy.
The Center for Civic Education’s Civitas International Programs are funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Education, which has supported civic education programs in the region since 1995. Civitas International Programs have been further advanced through the kind support of the U.S. Embassy in each partner site.
Funding from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor has allowed the Center for Civic Education, in partnership with Co-operation Ireland and the Idaho Human Rights Education Center, to complete a two-year tolerance and reconciliation-building project among students in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Serbia. The Center, in accord with the Secretary, continues to advocate for increased resources for local nongovernment organizations in implementing programs in civic education, tolerance building, and reconciliation throughout the region.
For more information about Civitas International Programs, visit http://new.civiced.org/programs/civitas or contact the appropriate in-country partner organization listed below: