Students of the Village of Matani Public School #2 in Akhmeta municipality advocated for the improvement of local infrastructure; in particular the system of potable water in the village needed renovation as there was a lack of water and its quality was not suitable for drinking. Students collected signatures of the community members and prepared a request letter addressing Governor of the village.
As the result of the students’ efforts the problem was solved quickly; a new water reservoir with filtration system was installed in the village.
Students of Zestaponi Municipality's Alaverdi village public school, initiated arrangement of a civics class room in their school. The students shared the project goal with parents and community members and managed to mobilize them to take an active part in the project.
On July 6th, simulation of a disaster risk reduction took place at Merisi Boarding School.
By the end of the first teacher training cycle, high performing alumni Khatuna Khvedelidze, from Tbilisi Public School #186, and Natela Basilia, from Tbilisi Public School #82, were given a chance to teach the final ELCE workshop to their peers instead of the ELCE Program English Language Teacher Trainer.
The purpose of the activity was to give the two high performing ELCE participant teachers a chance to try the role of teacher trainers and conduct a workshop on Extra-Curricular Activities, Team-Teaching and Sharing of Resources to their peers. It was the first time that each teacher had been given the opportunity (and responsibility) to act as a trainer. Each had positive feedback to give regarding this experience.
GE PLAY hosted its final regional tournaments for western and eastern parts of Georgia on December 19-20, 2015. The tournament in Tbilisi brought together nine school based youth basketball teams from Rustavi and Tbilisi. A similar event in Kutaisi gathered 14 teams from Poti, Zugdidi, Senaki and Kutaisi schools.
Civics students of the village Lapankuri public school in the Kakheti region, sponsored by a MT program mini-grant project initiated a rehabilitation of the park. Students conducted cleaning and greening actions, besides establishing close cooperation with local authorities, and they provided 1200 GEL.
Tbilisi public school #157 students supported by a Momavlis Taoba program mini-grant, initiated rehabilitation of the Event Hall of their school. The students managed to mobilize the school administration and parents to take active part in the project.
The “It’s a WONDER-Ful Life” Program has left its unique fingerprint on the lives of the participant teachers, students and their parents. It has changed their perceptions of human ability and disability. “Wonder,” American writer R. J. Pallacio bestselling novel is about a young boy with severe facial disfigurements. The program was built around this and has generated strong interest not only among those teachers and students that were selected to be enrolled in the program but also among the general population of the target schools. Many students and parents borrowed the book from the participant students or waited for the program to finish to be able to get the book from the schools’ library to read. The participant students were so strongly impacted by the lessons of the program that many of them wrote songs, poems and letters to Auggie Pullman, the hero of the novel, to celebrate his successful struggle against discrimination and highlight the importance of social inclusion.
Police officers, School Resource Officers (SROs) and teachers are engaged in games, fun activities and non-formal education sessions with elementary class students at Tbilisi schools.
It was decided to develop a new module for the students of elementary classes titled, “Kids, Cops & Safety.” This module was created to establish positive attitudes and relations between elementary school student, SROs and police officers, to increase the knowledge and understanding of students about rights and responsibilities, as well as conflict resolution methods and community safety.
For the successful development of the future generation, it is vital to create positive a environment which can address children’s interests and enroll them into various activities. Unfortunately, Borjomi Youth was emboldened with the existence of the similar space.
In September, the Samtkhe-Javakheti Media Center submitted a proposal, which aimed at the creation of a Youth Engagement Center. According to the proposal, it was planned to create a space for Borjomi youth to get together, acquire new knowledge and skills, plan and implement various activities and prepare/participate in youth talk shows. By the joint efforts of GE CALLS and its grantee Samtkhe-Javakheti Media Center, the useless, abandoned venue turned into a modern comfortable workspace.
Lagodekhi municipality village Shroma public school students implemented mini-grant project to improve school infrastructure and environment.
As a result of the students’ advocacy, the Tsalenjikha municipality allocated 1,000 GEL to the school library for new books.
For many Armenian students the “English Access Microscholarship Program” has truly opened doors to the many unique opportunities of personal and academic growth. Quite a number of the graduates of the program have become finalists of the FLEX program and have been accepted to other rigorous international educational programs such as the United World Colleges (UWC) movement.
Teacher’s Professional Development Center & Teachers’ House under the Georgian Ministry of Education and Science has been regularly using the ICTE-I Training of Trainers Summer Institute (TOTSI) alumni teachers in various regions of Georgia as a pool of qualified teacher trainers. As Teachers’ House Teacher Trainers, ICTE alumni have a chance to conduct trainings to other English teachers across the country and to share the expertise they have gained through ELCE and ICTE programs.
In July 2014, ICTE program, Training of Trainers Summer Institute (TOTSI), alumni teachers from Adjar; Dali Aburjania, Natia Katamadze, Ketevan Papava-Lobzhanidze & Nino Maisuradze registered an NGO called Changes without Borders (CWB)