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Village Development

On July 1, 2020, ChildFund in Georgia launches a major project – Village Development Through Social Entrepreneurship.

This project is in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia and consists of training 1000 students from the 5 regions of Adjara, Racha-Lechkhumi, Mtskheta-Mtianeti, Shida Kartli and Kakheti. The 1000 students will be selected from 20 schools. A group of students from this cluster will be selected as potential entrepreneurs and will be funded to start up micro ventures using village resources.

 

Curriculum Development

ChildFund in Georgia is currently in discussions with the Ministry of Education, Sciences, Culture and Sport on the development of a specialized curriculum for Village Development Through Social Entrepreneurship.

This curriculum, once developed and accepted by the Ministry, may be offered as an optional subject at grade 12 in schools. The plans also include the training of specialist teachers who will be able to effectively teach the subject. ChildFund in Georgia is currently in negotiations with its strategic partner, ChildFund Deutschland on the modalities of funding the curriculum development and training of teachers as well as development of training materials.

 

 

Supporting School Libraries

ChildFund in Georgia supports school libraries from rural areas by supplying schools with extracurricular reading materials.

Organization’s aim is to increase the level of interest in reading among rural students and to enable them to access books of their interests. Within this project, In December 2019, ChildFund in Georgia delivered books to Barisakho Public School and plans to expand its activities in the future.

 

Direct Assistance

ChildFund in Georgia supports children's protection and development.

Organization implements Direct Assistance Project, which envisages supporting poor families with school children. In April and May, 2020, with collaboration of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia, ChildFund in Georgia supported 73 Romani and 85 Meskhetian families living in different parts of Georgia. Within the Direct Assistance project launched in October 2019, ChildFund in Georgia overall supported more than 150 families with children living in poverty. In order to expand scope of operations, organization is currently in consultations with the largest supermarket Carrefour for sharing of costs for food assistance to very poor families with school children.

 

 

Meeting with the Head of Education Department in Adjara

The ChildFund in Georgia team, consisting of Nino Ositashvili, Guy de Fontgalland, Ketevan Tvildiani and Tamar Zviadadze, met with Nazibrola Beridze Gabaidze, Head of Education Department of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Adjara at her office in Batumi on July 13, 2020.

ChildFund provided an extensive brief on the one-year project- Village Development Through Social Entrepreneurship- which was launched on July 1, 2020. The project is funded by The Federal Government of Germany and consists of training 1000 students across 5 regions of Georgia. The project theme is an extra-curricular activity for students aged 14 to 18 and is planned to provide a deeper appreciation and awareness of existing village resources and how they could be harnessed to generate income. The project aims to encourage students to plan and establish micro ventures based on local resources and needs.

 

ChildFund in Georgia Launches Innovative Project in Schools in Georgia

Funded by Federal Foreign Office of Germany

ChildFund in Georgia NNLE, in partnership with ChildFund Deutschland, has launched a project to train students in utilising village resources and building social enterprises. The project is implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport and covers 5 regions in Georgia, 20 schools and 1000 students. It is a path-finder project to create deep awareness and appreciation of available resources within the country and their exploitation toward economic development through social enterprises. The project is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office as part of its economic cooperation with the Government of Georgia.

The project consists of training 1000 students in 20 schools, followed up by further training and mentoring of 100 selected students. From this group of 100 students, 40 student ventures will be selected for further mentoring. Each of the 40 selected social enterprise projects will receive initial funding of Euro 250 each for students to commence operations. All student ventures are expected to be micro ventures, with potential to grow and will be based on the utilisation of village resources, both human and natural resources.

The project concept is based on the current emerging trend of social enterprises and impact investing, aimed at the broader community development and enhancement of lives. The project is also within the framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The project team consists of professionals from ChildFund in Georgia, 10 qualified trainers, 10 project assistants, curriculum developers, 20 teachers from 20 schools, mentors, and coaches, including two experts from Germany.

ChildFund in Georgia is the project manager of the one-year project which began in July 2020.

 

 

ChildFund in Georgia Launches Project

ChildFund in Georgia launched the Village Development Through Social Entrepreneurship project on Friday, the 18th of September with a workshop for 20 trainers and project assistants who will form the core team for the project. The workshop was held at D’Plaza Hotel auditorium in Tbilisi.

Guy de Fontgalland, Director and Principal Advisor to ChildFund in Georgia led the workshop with a 90-minute presentation on Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Investing. It was followed by a presentation by Archil Bakuradaze, Chairman of Crystal Microfinance JSC and Chairman of Crystal Fund, on energizing village entrepreneurship and re-discovering the potential of economic development in rural areas.  Both presentations were followed by active exchange of views and ideas among participants. Participants were given a Compendium on Social Entrepreneurship, developed by ChildFund in Georgia, to be used a guide for training the students.

Nino Ositashvili, ChildFund Deutschland Country Representative and CEO of ChildFund in Georgia briefed the participants on project details and its implementation in Georgia.

Village Development Through Social Entrepreneurship is a one year project which aims to engage 1000 students from 20 schools in 5 regions of Georgia in planning and development of micro enterprises, using village resources and in tracking and using innovative practices in agriculture, animal husbandry, small manufacturing and various income-generating ventures. The project’s aim is to create and sustain a deep awareness and appreciation of village resources and to dam the tide of exodus of youth from villages to cities.

The project is implemented in partnership with ChildFund Deutschland, with the financial support of the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany and with full cooperation from the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport in Georgia.