Civics club students of Chiatura's St. Andrew the First-Called Gymnasium conducted an advocacy process for the renovation of the pedestrian bridge leading to the gymnasium and used by community members. The students organized an information campaign and meeting with the governor of the local municipality to solve the problem. Local municipality authorities reacted to the students’ request and re-sent their letter to the Georgian Railway that is responsible of the renovation of such constructions. As a result of the students' initiative and good cooperation with local authorities, one of the important problems of the community has been solved. On October 10, 2016, the renovation works started and according to the renovation implementation plan will last until January 30, 2017.
On November 28, 2016 John Beauparlant, a former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer serving in Armenia and currently living in Nor Hachn, Armenia, a long-time supporter of PHI's Access Program visited Armavir Access group to hold an enhancement lesson on differences and similarities of Armenian and American Cultures.
During a very interactive lesson followed by heated discussions he covered many aspects of culture including religion, language, gender relationships, family structures, etc. The students actively participated, shared their ideas on each theme proposed by the speaker and expressed a need for further meetings in cross-cultural issues.
On November 11, 2016 a group of 36 Armenian students enrolled in the English Access Microscholarship Program (2015-16) from towns of Armavir and Yeghvard visited Dilijan-based United World College.
During their Winter 2016 Access Camp as a guest speaker both groups hosted Narek Galstyan, a graduate of the UWC Adriatic, who exposed them to the diverse educational and professional development opportunities within the of UWC movement and encouraged them to utilize these opportunities.
In Dilijan college two Armenian students met the Access group and offered them a tour of the college, presenting them information about the campus life, about the differences of IB education contrasted with that of the Armenian High School, talked about their interactions with the students from 46 other countries studying in the college.
The students visited the library, the Arts Area, the sports hall, the laboratories, also asked many questions and received a lot of information related to the student recruitment process, the complete and partial scholarships.
This was a very informative as well as a fun day for the Access students many of whom decided to respond to the currently open UWC call for applications.
PHI Armenia office launched the next cycle (Oct. 2016- Sept. 2018) of the English Access Microscholarship Program funded by the U.S. State Department, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Exchange Programs. Through a 3-stage rigorous recruitment process a group of 54 13-15 year old Armenian students from the towns of Goris, Chambarak and Nor Hachn were selected to be enrolled in the program.
The English Access Microscholarship Program (Access) provides a foundation of English language skills to talented 13-20 year-olds from economically disadvantaged sectors through after-school classes and intensive sessions. Access gives participants English skills that may lead to better jobs and educational prospects. Participants also gain the ability to compete for and participate in future exchanges and study in the United States.
Citizen participation is still low in the new democracy of post-Soviet Georgia. Through the Momavlis Taoba program, USAID helps Georgian civics teachers and their students to develop a better understanding of how school-based civic education can extend beyond the teaching of basic facts of government structure to become a means of national education raising the next generation of engaged citizens that make democratic structures work. The young people in this photo demonstrate that unified efforts of many individuals are exactly what makes civic engagement very powerful.
Students of the village of Ozurgeti public school conducted an advocacy campaign to increase public awareness about the needs of people with special needs. Students studied the Georgian regulations for better integration of people with special needs into society, and prepared a video clip for informing people about them. Supported by the school administration, a ramp was constructed at the entrance of the school.
Students of the Village of Akhalabastumani Public School in Zugdidi municipality established good cooperation with local organizations to renovate and equip the laboratory of natural sciences in the school.
The goal of the mini-grant project “Friendship is a Bridge” initiated by Gurkeli public school students was to open a small computer center in the village and provide an employment opportunity for a local resident with special needs.
"Project Harmony, Inc." (PH International), with the support of the U.S. Embassy in the Russian Federation, is proud to announce the third year of the Fort Ross Quest Contest – “Journey from Fort Ross”.