On May 16, 2015 USAID Caucasus Mission Director Mr. Stephen M. Haykin joined Ms. Tamar Sanikidze, the Minister of Education and Science of Georgia and Ms. Marina Ushveridze, Director of the Civic Education Program “Momavlis Taoba” to open the fourth Civics Teachers’ National Fair-Conference in Tbilisi at the Tbilisi Expo Georgia event hall.
Civics club students of Jinvali public school decided to improve environment in their village. They organized a presentation of the film and discussion on ecology. Students have also mobilized their peers and cleaned the school yard and the territory around historical monument - Jvari. As a result of successful cooperation with the local administration, students received tree seedlings for their greening action. 28 trees were planted in the school yard. Students will take care of the newly-planted trees.
A wonderful group of 24 alumni of various programs (FLEX, TEA, Community Connections, Business for Russia, Fulbright, LTMS) gathered in the city of Volgograd on April 25, 2015 to learn about different resources and funding opportunities available for alumni. At the beginning of the meeting all attendees introduced themselves, told about the program they participated in and their current occupation. Nadya Fomina spoke about International Exchange Alumni website, its resources, including Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund, as well as about U.S. Embassy and Consulates'
websites and Facebook pages, and alumni small grants opportunities.
After all questions were discussed, the floor was given to the professional trainer and psychologist Anzhelika Polina who conducted a 4-hour seminar on confident behavior.
The second panel session of Civic Responsibility Board was held on May 3 at RICDOG office in Kutaisi. Four groups of students (Active Citizens, Passive Citizens, Responsible Citizens and Experts) presented resolutions they worked on during several weeks.
According to the rules, all the participants are assigned specific roles, so during the session, as well as other activities, they were dressed accordingly.
After 4-hour work, the resolution was approved. The name of the document is On Creation of Healthy Environment for Proper Development of Juveniles.
In April students and teachers of MT project’s 480 partner schools nationwide received civics supplemental textbooks “How Can I Become an Active Citizen” and “Cooperation for Social Benefit”. Textbooks introduce the concept a democratic society, underline advantage of active citizenship and the role of the civil society, emphasize the issues associated with discrimination and inequality and stress out the concept of volunteerism and its benefits for the society. Each textbook introduces project-based learning, guiding students to apply the gained knowledge in their everyday lives by tackling critical issues for their communities.
On April 17, young citizens, winners of MT’s blog contest from different regions of Georgia were awarded for their blogs in thematic nominations, such as Young Volunteer, Young Ombudsman, Environmental Defender, Citizen Journalist, Healthy Lifestyle Advocate and Young Educator.
In the second half of April 2015, all the U.S. Based Exchange participants started to implement their community-based sports initiatives as per their action plans .All of the local initiatives incorporated the involvement of male and female police officers at the community level and were locally supported.
Students of “Momavlis Skola” in Batumi carried out advocacy campaign for the road safety. There was no appropriate road sign and speed bump in front of the school, which is situated on a street with heavy traffic. This created a danger for pedestrians who tried to cross the street.
The first panel session of Civic Responsibility Board was held at RICDOG office in Kutaisi. Four groups of students (Active Citizens, Passive Citizens, Responsible Citizens and Experts) presented resolutions they worked on during several weeks. Presentations were followed by a roundtable discussions, where representatives of all four groups began working on common resolution.