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ICTE-I Program Alumni Teachers from Adjara Establish an NGO

Georgia | Intensive Course for Teachers of English | 9 Dec 2015

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)

The organization’s mission is to support the students and teachers in their endeavors for personal and professional development. In September 2014, PH International started a successful partnership with CWB for the implementation of the English Access Microscholarship Program in Adjara. One of the other successful projects implemented by CWB was the development of Teacher Training Modules Manual that was later adopted by the Teachers’ House under the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia for larger scale dissemination. The organization has applied for various grants and initiatives in the field of education and has great ideas and plans for the projects about, environmental protection, civic education, local administration mobilization and raising teachers’ motivation for professional development.

“When we were leaving for the U.S., to participate in TOTSI, none of us thought we would be establishing an NGO together,” said Dali Aburjania, TOTSI alumni and English Language Teacher at Batumi Public School #18. She admits that, “The idea was born during our follow-on period planning session and even then we thought of it as of something unattainable. It was only after we graduated from the program (including the follow-on period) that we realized it was all realistic. We only needed to consolidate our knowledge and efforts and that’s what we did. CWB is truly an ICTE child.”

“We have a lot of ideas and all of them have to do with teachers’ professional development in one way or another,” said Natia Katamadze, TOTSI alumni and English Language Teacher at Batumi Public School #14. “The TOTSI experience has been invaluable and we are going to use every bit of it in our work and common endeavors at CWB” she promised.