U.S. boys’ and girls’ teams had an opportunity to play against their Georgian peers and participate in Regional School-Based Street (3x3) Basketball Tournaments in Tbilisi, Kutaisi and Zugdidi.
On June 22 the tournament took place in Tbilisi. 32 Georgian teams participated in the competition only 2 of which where girls’ teams. In order to provide the girls with as many opportunities to play as possible, it was allowed that they competed against the boys’ teams as well. The tournament lasted the whole day. Georgian counterparts defeated Guest boys ‘and girls’ teams in semi-finals. The school-based basketball team from Rustavi Public School #5 became the winner of the tournament.
On June 23, American basketball teams held friendly matches with U-16 National Basketball Team and won.
On June 25 and June 26, the guests played against the finalists and semi-finalists of the Regional School-Based Street (3x3) Basketball Tournaments in Kutaisi and Zugdidi. As there was only one team of host girls participating in the tournament in each location, American girls were given an opportunity to play against the boys’ teams. The American basketball teams won both in Kutaisi and Zugdidi.
GE PLAY Georgia hosted the American Exchange from June 21 through June 28 in order to reinforce previously established relationships between counterparts in Georgia and in the U.S. and develop new cross-cultural relationships among youth and adults. In support of the follow-on programs and action plans being conducted by Georgian participants, U.S. citizens traveled to Georgia to provide added technical assistance, conduct workshops, seminars, clinics and other events designed in function of the action plans taking place in Georgia. The nine-day exchange of 16 Americans provided additional support and momentum for the program activities that were being implemented in Georgia. The U.S. group included one girls’ and one boys’ basketball teams together with their coaches, two representatives from Police in Athletics League, two Police Officers, a School Resource Officer, and School Athletics Coordinator who visited the basketball events organized locally by police and SROs, played against local Georgian teams, and offered peer-coaching exercises. The U.S. youth athletes had various opportunities to connect informally with their Georgian counterparts and talked about how recreational sports leagues, in addition to school teams, make a difference in their lives
School civics clubs students and their teachers mobilized their efforts to help the citizens, affected by the flood in Tbilisi. Students collected clothes and other necessary items and brought them to municipality offices to support those who were left homeless
On June 10, 2015, the AM CALLS staff conducted a wrap-up meeting with the 14 trainers who received a ToT on “Non-violent Parenting and Conflict Resolution” back in April and successfully transferred their knowledge to almost 80 peers in their respective regions.
Strategic development workshop for the Civic Education Teachers’ Forum took place on June 26-28 in the framework of the USAID-funded Momavlis Taoba Project, which is implemented by PH International. Workshop was facilitated by MT partner – the Center for Training and Consultancy.
Photo contest “My World” was organized by Tbilisi school-based civics club students of Momavlis Taoba Project. Contest was dedicated to protection of environment in which students from 20 schools participated. Six best photos were selected by jury and through social networks.
With assistance of IDEA Rivne Center at the public organization "Chayka” (The Seagull, school children attending Shpaniv School Summer Camp learned about computer coding and how to create cartoons. These interesting classes were conducted by a trainer of IDEA Rivne Center Oksana Salivonchyk. Children quickly learned the basics of programming and everyone happily showed their successes.
Specialists from the “Offenders' Rehabilitation Center” State Non-Commercial Organization of the RA Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and penitentiary institutions of Armenia came together on May 22 to discuss the successes and outcomes of the project “Establishment of Parents’ Club among Imprisoned Women in Abovyan Penitentiary” within the AM CALLS Community Grants component implemented by PH International through INL funding.