“It is necessary to talk about these topics at our age”, “Non-formal education gives us what we do not receive at school”, “I will definitely share this knowledge with everyone” - this is the feedback from the participants at the end of the training.
In the first half of May, 5 online trainings were held with young people from Tsalenjikha, Chokhatauri, Bagdati, Zugdidi and Senaki municipalities on the following topics: reasons of conflict, tolerance and bullying.
Groups like this format, they are motivated and active, they are involved in discussions. Their frankness should be noted. Leaders are ready to hold informational meetings with peers and share their knowledge. They choose topics out of three directions presented at the training, and most important is that they are very serious and responsible towards their work.
Live meetings would be much more interesting with group work and role-games, but the Covid pandemic does not yet provide such an opportunity.
The Fund "Sukhumi" has 10 Women Support Centers in Terjola, Vani, Tkibuli, Bagdati, Chokhatauri, Samtredia, Kobuleti, Zugdidi, Senaki, Tsalenjikha municipalities. A two-day workshop was held for the updated staff of mobilizers. All discussed topics were necessary and relevant: selecting target groups, working with the audience, identifying problems, filling in a victim questionnaire and responding to it, conducting advocacy campaign, legal mechanisms for victim support, working with local governments, municipal programs and state services for violence prevention and victim assistance, informing, self-presentation, facilitation and moderation.
“The work of the mobilizer seemed difficult to me, but now I already know how to go step by step. The workshop showed me the sequence of the process”, mentioned one of the mobilizers at the end of the workshop.
Georgian Rural Hall is one of the most successful civil society organizations and our active partner in Lanchkhuti. Within the framework of the sub-grants component, the organization has implemented a small project “E-communicator of accountability and transparency for Lanchkhuti municipality”.
The monitoring time has come: representatives of Imereti Scientists' Union “Spectri” got acquainted with the progress of the project and attended one of the meetings that the Georgian Rural Hall held for local civil society organizations.
The project manager Amiran Gigineishvili presented a version of the web application, which he developed with the programming language ASP.NET C ++ using MS SQL server. The algorithm for sending a letter by a citizen and receiving a response, as well as public information, was discussed. The participants of the meeting independently sent e-mails and worked in other fields in test mode.
A round table on: "Results of the implementation of public monitoring of the action plan of public administration reform in Ozurgeti municipality" was held in Ozurgeti.
The meeting was attended by representatives of local government, NGOs, mass media, small businesses, teachers, stakeholders.
The representative of the partner organization of Imereti Scientists’ Union "Spectri" spoke about the importance of civil society inclusion in monitoring the roadmap for public administration reform.
Representatives of Guria partner organizations: "Center for Education and Equality" and "Young Teachers’ Union" familiarized the participants with the results of the third monitoring, conducted by them and noted the positive trends and new challenges identified after the monitoring.
"I received the correct information about the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict."
"I am an IDP from Abkhazia, but I know very little about reasons and duration of conflict. This training gave me the opportunity to learn more. "
“I have heard only about the consequences of conflict. I always wanted to know more about the history of conflict. Thank you for this training and for answering my questions. "
This is a feedback from one part of the training participants. The training was conducted by the conflict expert Keti Vasadze.
“Prehistory of Georgian-Abkhazian conflict, its continuation and consequences”
- the participants of the online training on this topic were members of the Youth Initiative Group of Khoni municipality.
Women and girls needs research in 6 municipalities of Western Georgia - Kutaisi, Tskaltubo, Khoni, Senaki, Zugdidi and Tsalenjikha - was completed.
1000 respondents were interviewed through the questionnaires, 24 in-depth interviews and 24 focus - group meetings were held for qualitative research.
In May, the systematization of the research results will be held, and this will become the basis for the analysis. In frames of the project, it is also envisaged to develop a plan and further work to advocate the needs of local target groups at local and central levels.
The article in the newspaper "New Education" starts like this:
Within the framework of the project "Strengthening the Women's Rights in Western Georgia", the Fund “Sukhumi” has started to establish youth centers in 10 cities of Western Georgia (Kobuleti, Senaki, Tsalenjikha, Zugdidi, Samtredia, Vani, Terjola, Tkibuli, Bagdati). In agreement with local governments and resource centers, the Fund “Sukhumi” cooperates with youth departments, on the basis of which youth empowerment centers are established.
Projects of 16 experienced and 14 new organizations - new ideas, interesting initiatives!
In 2019, within the framework of the project, the Forum of Civil Society Organizations was established, which joined 16 organizations from 8 municipalities. They participate in many activities. For them, a mini-grants competition was announced for the second time. And all 16 small projects were financed, just like the first time.
This time there is an innovation: in recent months, our project has contributed to the creation of 14 new organizations in Imereti, Guria and Racha-Lechkhumi. Moreover, it was decided to support their first projects.
On April 28, during the ordinary meeting of the competition committee, the results of the evaluation of project applications were discussed and a decision on their financing was made.
Thus, 30 small projects have been financed. Their implementation has already begun in Vani, Khoni, Bagdati, Terjola, Tsageri, Ambrolauri, Lanchkhuti and Ozurgeti municipalities.
"New visions in the process of conducting public administration reform to introduce the needs of citizens" - a round table was held on this topic in Tsageri City Council. The organizers of the meeting were the Civil Society Organizations “Active Citizen - Accountable Government”, “Tsageri Center for Women's Rights and Equality” and the Fund of Women Entrepreneurs.
The facilitator and the speakers of the meeting spoke about the results of the project “A common forum for CSOs from Guria, Imereti and Racha-Lechkhumi for PAR Roadmap monitoring”, about the “working groups” created within the project and the activities. The presentation of the report on citizens’ needs evaluation was held, and at the end the emphasis was made on the vision of the municipality to solve the problems identified in the research. The meeting was attended by representatives of the City Hall and City Council of Tsageri, mass media, NGOs and different spheres of society.
Representatives of local self-government positively assessed the project and underlined the need for its implementation.