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NOTICIAS, September-December 2014

First Dual-Schedule CE Course Renders Promising Results

Georgist Community Fund Finishes 2014 With Upward Trajectory

CEIHG Complementary Activities, September - December 2014



First Dual-Schedule CE Course Renders Promising Results

The CEIHG Managua graduated its 55th intensive "Comprender la Economía" (CE) political economy courses in November, 2014, finishing with 25 superior-level graduates and then another three as a result of the follow-up CE workshop for higher level intermediate certificate holders. 25 of the 28 superior-level CE graduates subsequently declared themselves as Georgist Community Fund (GCF) members.

This CE 55 course was the first CE course offered with separate afternoon and an evening classes. From 2000-2012, the CE course had been offered only with a night schedule. Then, starting in 2013, the CEIHG changed the CE course schedule to an afternoon format which ended up attracting and graduating larger numbers of students. Of course, along with other administrative and didactic improvements, the change in schedule was just one reason for the CE course's greater enrollment success. Nevertheless, due to the dual schedule and an extra week of publicity and registration (three instead of just two), the CE 55 course received the largest single enrollment of students (97) since July 2001 (108).

CE 55p afternoon class finishers >> Related photos

At the same time, the CE 55 course was practically the first course presented in large part by Nicaraguan teachers. These two new initiatives of parallel afternoon and evening classes and new teacher trainees imparting the course ended with mostly positive results but also indicated significant opportunities for further improvements in the CE course process.

Due to the inexperienced teacher trainees not being quite able to inspire initial interest and motivation in the students during the first half of the CE 55 course, the course ended with a student retention rate of only 37%, the fourth lowest of all the CE courses offered since 2000. Fortunately, the course was put back on track at the halfway point when Professor Martin took over the lead teaching position for the rest of the course. A lesson was learned about the importance of a sufficiently dynamic presentation in the early classes in order to inspire the interest and retention of the students. As a result, the CEIHG is redesigning the teacher guide and materials to enable teacher trainees to be more confident and focused on delivering the course content in the next CE courses.

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evening class finishers >> Related photos

Despite the lower than hoped for student retention rate of the CE 55 course, the total effort of the course was redeemed by the exceptionally high proportion of superior-level graduates (78%) achieved in the main course and its follow-up workshop. It is notable that the last three CE courses finished with the highest percentages of superior-level graduates (62%, 85% and 78%, respectively) since 2008 and that 2014 finished with the all-time highest annual percentage rate of superior-level graduates with 71%. These results seem to indicate that the CE course program is becoming more effective in helping our students achieve greater understanding of the P&P course material as well as a greater ability to demonstrate their newly acquired knowledge.
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"Comprender La Economía" 2000-2014 Course Statistics.

The CEIHG plans to offer another cycle of four CE courses in 2015 with the expectation that the parallel afternoon and evening class schedule will continue to attract enrollments of 90-100 students per course. The 2015 CE courses will enjoy the benefits of an improved edition of P&P (abbrev., in Spanish), a system of cross-referencing between the P&P text and the CE teacher guide and illustrative materials, as well as the continued use of CE study groups and follow-up CE workshops. All of this is expected to increase teacher effectiveness and student retention while maintaining the high rate of superior-level GCF-qualified CE course graduates.

September CE Workshop students taking their CE-GCF qualification exam.


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Georgist Community Fund Finishes 2014 With Upward Trajectory

The Georgist Community Fund (GCF), the HGIEC-sponsored international association of qualified and declared Georgists, increased its membership to 143 members as of mid-December. More than half of the total membership is considered to be "active" which means they have been recognized as having participated in Georgist-related activities in at least one quarter of the calendar year. The main body of the GCF membership continues to be made up of Nicaraguan graduates of the CEIHG Managua's CE course, along with 8 international members from the international Georgist community.

Some of the more than 50 GCF members who attended the GCF's December meeting. Related photos 

The Nicaraguan GCF membership is composed of a diverse group of serious-minded students and professionals. The group's average age is 30 years old and 55% are male. The major professions represented in the group include economics (21 members), accounting-finance (18), administration (18), computer engineering (12), diplomacy (9), law (9), and marketing-communications (8). Many other diverse fields such as political science, philosophy, civil engineering, arquitecture, construction, dentistry, military, photography, etc., are also respresented among the GCF's members. As can be expected in a developing country such as Nicaragua, many of the GCF members are parents of young children and almost all are members of large extended families. The one major thing they all have in common is that they believe that all land and land  rent needs to be administered equitably as the common property of all humanity.

September CE Workshop graduates, teachers and supporters.

GCF membership will likely increase to nearly 300 in 2015.

The uninterrupted upward trend of GCF membership, meeting attendance, and general "active" participation from 2011 to 2014 indicates that a strong continuing growth trajectory of the association can be expected in 2015. Though the GCF expects to lose as much as 25% of its current membership early in the new year due to non-renewal by less committed members (members must qualify every year with the GCF exam), the GCF also expects to add another 150-200 new members in Nicaragua during 2015. In addition, the GCF is hopeful that another 20-30 international Georgist leaders will decide to participate in the GCF in 2015, to bring the GCF Nicaraguan-international membership to a  total of around 270-330 members by the year's end.

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CEIHG Complementary Activities, September - December 2014

The Atlantic Coast Common Land conference plan stagnated after this September meeting for lack of adequate funding.

This employment workshop was offered in December to help GCF members.

"Practical English" classes were offered for GCF members.

The GCF offered movies with Georgist-related themes, such as this one in December, for members and their guests.

View current benefits, programs and activities offered by the CEIHG for GCF members 

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