Young Georgians Learn Active Citizenship

May 29, 2017

Photo: Vladimer Valishvili/UNDP

Over 100 high-school students and teachers from the Kvemo Kartli region of Georgia took part in the Youth Forum in Tbilisi on May 29, 2017.

The Forum participants discussed the problems of youth in the region and presented the results of small projects they have initiated in 2016-2017 encouraging youth to become more active in local governance. They also met with the government officials and representatives of local municipalities to share their vision of the region’s development.

The Youth Forum was organised by the Children’s Federation of Georgia with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Swiss Cooperation Office for the South Caucasus and Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC), in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Science and Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia.

Niels Scott, Head of UNDP in Georgia; Irakli Matkava, First Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia; and Grigol Nemsadze, Kvemo Kartli Governor, met the young activists at a closing session of the Forum and congratulated the authors of the best local projects.  

The initiative in Kvemo Kartli is part of the larger programme supported by UNDP, Swiss Cooperation Office for the South Caucasus (SCO) and Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC), in partnership with the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia.

The programme assists Georgian civil society to play active role in resolving local issues and to foster links between local authorities and citizens. It contributes to regional and local development by increasing public activism and engaging civil society, media and citizens. Since 2015, more than 30 civil society projects rolled out in six regions of Georgia – Kvemo Kartli, Racha-Leckhumi and Kvemo Svaneti, Guria, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, Mtskheta-Mtianeti and Imereti, addressing a range of areas, including for municipal services, education, economic opportunities, sustainable environment, energy and citizen engagement in decision-making.

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