One of the key priorities in the component of civil awareness development amongst the adolescents is teaching of skills for democratic values, also civil monitoring and advocacy, that is realized through practical case studies. Adolescents conduct researches about problematic issues by themselves and plan the relevant advocacy campaigns which result in achieving concrete changes.

The transparent competence of the concept is leadership, protection of your own and others’ rights. Adolescents need to develop a variety of competences, herewith to gain knowledge about those values and attitudes with the help of which they will better analyse their role in society.

Within the sidelines of the above-mentioned concept,  there are three stages of education and development for adolescents: providing information, releasing information and participating in advocacy of problematic issues.  Achievement of these three stages is possible with the help of specific appropriate activities, namely:

  • Information provision –  decision maker – public lectures, seminars, trainings, presentations, masterclasses.
  • Information release   Peer educators seminars, debates, public and TV discussions, interactive show, newspaper, animated films, documentaries and social videos, photo exhibitions. Documentary and fiction film shows and further discussions, community actions.
  • Participation in advocacy of problematic issues    preparation of recommendations, meetings, presentations, actions.

Target group of the above-mentioned concept is:

  • Leadership School (centre for non-formal education) 11-18 years old teenagers representing different public schools, including schools in villages, also diverse vulnerable groups).

Students of leadership school have skills for community mobilization and problems identification,  they manage independently to be leaders in their schools/communities, to present the identified problems and to solve them.  Their activity and knowledge is a role model for other children in order to make them more interested in the problems of country, region, village and in the protection of their own and others’ rights. The agents of the initiative are our children, the leaders.

This is what makes them distinct from other teenagers.   

Leadership school operates: Guria region  — Ozurgeti and Chokhatauri municipalities, Tbilisi.

Newspaper Eight+1

The newspaper promotes modern, democratic values amongst teenagers and the whole society. Members of editorial board (Leadership School students) try to show the society their role in identification of specific problems and participation for their resolution.

Interested readers can get familiarized with teenagers’ articles, including analytical publications about the educational reform being conducted in the country, attitude of the state towards children’s rights, problematic issues regarding the integration of minority groups, gender stereotypes, role of public schools in civil society formation process and other important issues.

TV discussions

TV discussions on the most interesting societal topics with rubrics like: „Stereotypes and Progress” and „I ask for my say” have been on air for 20 years already. They aim at making teenagers more active and supporting their participation rights.  It is important that teenagers have an opportunity to get involved in establishing the democratic environment. The themes for TV programmes are selected by teenagers considering the working topics of Leadership School.

  • Drinking water and sanitary problems in public schools;
  • Children’s rights for freedom of expression and participation;
  • Children’s social rights;
  • Problems in public schools;
  • Migration, threat or perspective for regions;
  • Impact of alcohol on teenager’s health;
  • Code of conduct for students;
  • Quality of students self-governments’ functioning;
  • Student-teacher relations in public schools;
  • Establishment of inclusive education in public schools and controversies related to this issue;
  • Problems of teenagers without parental care in Georgia    non-sufficient social programs;
  • Establishment of junior police officials in public schools;
  • Significance of civil education;
  • Significance of the book amongst “teenagers”;
  • Who is a leader?
  • Young generation knows everything better
  • Violence amongst teenagers
  • Problems of students’ self-governments;
  • Social security of children;
  • Child and politics;
  • Gender equality and socialization issues;
  • Underage labour.

Documentaries and social videos

Documentaries and social videos are applied as one of the most effective means for presenting a problematic community.  The topic of the production is almost always the actual reality. Teenagers try to provide society with information about actual topics that will help them analyse the ongoing issues. It is important that teenagers study the screening principles of specific problematic issues, they produce videos by themselves.

Documentaries

  • Gio longs for study?!
  • Skipping lessons
  • Bullying
  • Wrecking dwelling
  • Kistina, a child is a joy
  • The Tsetskhladze
  • The Chkhartishvili
  • The Kunchulia
  • The Liparteniali
  • The Khomeriki
  • Where are you coming here?
  • I want not to be different from other children
  • Ricardo and Fiodora
  • I am also an ordinary person
  • I will never forget that day
  • Nothing to do today
  • Way out?
  • Not enough
  • It’s loose
  • Onise
  • I want to have
  • Our dream
  • Beka
  • New life
  • I want to become my doctor
  • Is that help any use for me?!
  • I am gipsy
  • Gipsies
  • Two lives

Animation movies

  • „Basketball“
  • „Rugby“
  • „Candle”
  • “Family”
  • “Friends“
  • „Search“
  • „Dirty hands”
  • „Two“
  • „Entertainment“
  • „Prison“
  • „War“
  • „Robbery“
  • „Projector“
  • “Frozen child”
  • ,,Money for bread”
  • „Religion“
  • “Cold house”
  • “Me, bird and teacher”
  • “Step”
  • “Game”

Social videos

  • City from teenagers’ view
  • Solidarity day
  • Leadership school
  • No to premature marriage!
  • Excursion with the old
  • Let’s clean Ozurgeti together!
  • Throw garbage in litter bin and walk in clean street!
  • No to tobacco!
  • The one that bothers us all
  • Drinking water
  • Rehabilitation of students professional center
  • In–ter–view
  • Accept the different
  • Environment protection
  • Equality
  • Drinking water

Attended trainings, seminars and masterclasses

Trainings and seminars are held amongst the adolescents to deliver democratic values and to develop the required skills. The organization helps the teenagers to put the provided information into practice.

Topics for trainings, seminars and masterclasses:

  • Protecting civil interests.
  • Projects writing.
  • Children’s rights, bullying and violence.
  • Children’s rights in animation.
  • Conflicts management.
  • Tolerance and world known tolerant people.
  • Forms of written communication.
  • About photography.
  • Protecting civil interests.
  • Children’s rights in animation.
  • Bullying.
  • Creative writing.
  • Behaviour management, bullying and its aspects.
  • Facilitation skills.
  • Effective communication.
  • Social media, blogging, photography.
  • Producing animation movies.
  • History and literature.
  • Documentary films and a child
  • Role of landscaping in ecology.
  • Film documentography.
  • Photography.
  • Teamwork, leadership, communication and civil activity.
  • Significance of advertising and network works.
  • Volunteering skill.
  • Violation of children’s rights and tools to react against them.
  • Globalization.
  • People who changed the world.
  • Volunteering.
  • Freedom of expression.
  • Religious plurality.
  • Religious and ethnic minorities in Georgian literature.
  • Photo art.
  • Hygiene and health.
  • About the technique to produce a documentary.
  • Forms of written communication.
  • Django and freedom.
  • Freedom of expression.
  • Freedom of expression in literature.
  • Gender in literature.
  • Sexual harassment as woman discrimination practice.
  • Standard for covering children’s rights in media.
  • Children’s rights.
  • Importance of drinking water.
  • Premature marriage, health threat.
  • Bullying in schools.
  • American history and culture.
  • Shelter childhood books.
  • Karl Popper debates and its structure.
  • Art of photo shooting.
  • Interviewing techniques.
  • Definition and types of violence.
  • Essence and significance of tolerance.
  • World known women.
  • Bullying.
  • History of one book.
  • Primary healthcare procedures/development of leadership and managerial competences.
  • About the social security-related legislation in the country and the state’s liabilities.
  • Gender and gender politics.
  • History of environmental protection culture in Georgia.
  • Ethno conflicts.
  • Globalization.
  • Leader or ideology.
  • Mass media role in democracy development.

Public lectures

  • Positive and negative impacts of migration processes.
  • Education policy.
  • Religious freedom.
  • Literature for all.
  • Educational philosophy and 4G function of school.
  • Modern educational trends.
  • Parliamentarism and Georgian constitution.
  • Why does the state interfere in child’s upbringing?

Thematic schools

  • Children’s rights.
  • Communication skills.
  • Diversity management.
  • Multimedia and photography.
  • Violence against children – bullying.
  • Human rights and aesthetics.
  • Basic skills (in English language).
  • Participation right for children.
  • Children’s rights (convention, mechanisms for rights’ protection, stereotypes)
  • Children’s rights (freedom of expression, violence against children, violence amongst children)
  • Facilitation.
  • Gender equality.
  • Photography and human rights.
  • UN modelling.
  • Effective communication.
  • Argumentation technique.
  • Presentation skills.
  • Decision-making in a team.
  • Sociological research issues.
  • Social media.
  • Blogging.
  • Photography.
  • Public relations.
  • Event management.
  • Gender equality.

Peer educators trainings

Based on the gained knowledge, teenagers manage to spread education in society, in their families, thus making a positive impact on teenagers of their age, parents and other people of older generation.

They conduct seminars for their community members to promote civil rights and democratic values.

Modules on the following topics were prepared by teenagers:

  • Children’s rights.
  • Tolerance.
  • Projects writing.
  • Gender equality.
  • Bullying.
  • „Ethnic and religious minorities in Georgia”
  • „Documentary film as an advocacy tool”
  • Protection of civil interests – identification of problems and definition of addressees.
  • Forms of written communication.
  • „Gender equality”.
  • Forms of violence.
  • Successful women.
  • Persons with disabilities, who changed the world.
  • Disabilities and the environment.

Guria regional parliament (representatives of student self-governments of public schools in Guria)

Teenagers participate in issues regarding the development of school environment and establishment of democratic values in schools. They study about the support tools for formation and strengthening of student self-governments, they also receive information about the execution of participation rights of children.

The parliament members are actively involved in revealing the school problems, identifying students’ needs and preparing projects upon them.

It is an important factor that students are interested in working with self-government bodies and the identification of the self-governance in general (that is also necessary), that’s why the organizational role in this process is important in order to prepare students for the issues that are deficient in public schools.

The youth parliament incorporates the representatives of (interested) students self-governments of public schools in Guria region.

Attended trainings and seminars

  • Project writing.
  • Functions of students’ self-government.
  • Children’s rights.
  • Parliamentarism.
  • Election programmes preparation technique.
  • Children’s rights.
  • Persons with physical disabilities and their rights.
  • Nature protection and popular-economic use of waste paper.
  • Children’s rights in animation.
  • Successful women.
  • Tolerance.
  • Forms of written communication.
  • Regulations and its use.
  • Bullying.
  • Racism.
  • Gender and gender stereotypes.
  • Advocacy.
  • Creative thinking.
  • Volunteering.
  • Teamwork skills.
  • Stereotypes.
  • Facilitation skills.
  • Participation in devising a school budget and operational plan.
  • Functions of local self-governance.
  • Violation of children’s rights and the responsive tools.
  • Participation in activities of local self-governance.
  • Leadership skills.

              Peer educators trainings

Based on the gained knowledge, teenagers manage to spread education in society, in their families, thus making a positive impact on teenagers of their age, parents and other people of older generation.

They conduct seminars for their community members to promote civil rights and democratic values.

Modules on the following topics were prepared by teenagers:

  • Functions of student self-governance.
  • Tolerance.
  • Children’s rights.
  • Persons with physical disabilities and their rights.
  • Project writing.
  • Racism.
  • Environmental protection.
  • Bullying.
  • Gender equality.
  • Successful women.
  • Persons with disabilities, who changed the world.

Small grants program

The organization supports the youth initiatives that are independently elaborated and realized by teenagers.  For this goal, organization announces an annual call for small grant programs for student self-governments of partner schools.

It is important that teenagers are actively involved in preparation of projects about school problems. They mainly focus on community mobilization and advocacy of specific issues. Also, co-financing of local self-governments is an important component in these projects. Teenagers have skills and abilities for constructive cooperation, they manage to substantiate the identified problems before the government, thus getting finances for the problem resolution.

Financed projects:

  • „Cosy environment”-Chokhatauri municipality, village Kokhnari public school.
  • „Landscaping of school yard“ – Chokhatauri municipality, village Chaisubani public school.
  • „Let’s live in clean environment”- Ozurgeti municipality, borough Laituri public school.
  • „Resolutions or goals for results“ – Chokhatauri municipality, #1 public school.
  • „1/3“ – Lanchkhuti, village Chochkhati public school.
  • „Book is my friend“ – Chokhatauri municipality, village Khidistavi public school.
  • „Tracing the history“ – Chokhatauri municipality, #1 public school.
  • „Let’s learn to live together” – Ozurgeti municipality, borough Laituri public school.
  • „Big problems with small costs“ – Lanchkhuti municipality, village Chibati public school.
  • „Child is our future”– Ozurgeti Leadership School.
  • „Save the birds“– Ozurgeti Leadership School.
  • „Healthy lifestyle is healthy future”– Ozurgeti #3 public school.
  • „My school is my home“– Ozurgeti municipality, village Nagomari public school.
  • „Reading is pleasure“ – Ozurgeti municipality, village Melekeduri public school.
  • „Let’s live in clean environment“– Ozurgeti municipality, Laituri public school.
  • „Comfortable working environment– guaranteed result“. – Chokhatauri municipality, #1 public school.
  • „Hygiene – health,  health – beauty“Ozurgeti #4 public school.
  • Square development” – Lanchkhuti Leadership School.
  • „Multiplication of box-tree“ – Chokhatauri municipality, village Amagleba public school.
  • „Healthy lifestyle” – Lanchkhuti, Saint Ioane Gymnasium.
  • Let’s build up our enviroenment – Ozurgeti municipality, village Dvabzu public school.
  • Let’s live and study together – Ozurgeti municipality, village Laituri public school.
  • Scope is short without a book – Adjara, Kobuleti  #3 public school.
  • Strengthen our community by our involvement -– Chokhatauri municipality, village Khidistavi public school.
  • Book – cashbook of our memory – Ozurgeti municipality, village Gurianta public school.
  • Alighted school – Ozurgeti municipality, village Baileti public school.
  • Do we want education? – we want lighting –  Lanchkhuti municipality, village Lesi public school.
  • You are not alone – Ozurgeti municipality, borough Naruji public school.
  • Safe school environment – Ozurgeti municipality, borough Naruji public school.
  • Poem, you won’t be lost – Ozurgeti municipality, village Tskhemliskhidi public school.
  • Let’s create healthy environment – Ozurgeti municipality, borough Laituri public school.
  • Drinking water – Ozurgeti municipality, village Gagma Dvabzu public school.
  • Let’s love and take care of nature – Ozurgeti municipality, village Vakijvari public school.
  • Promotion of healthy lifestyle amongst the youth –  Chokhatauri municipality, village Khidistavi public school.
  • Clean environment – Chokhatauri municipality, village Shua Amagleba public school.
  • I choose a profession – Ozurgeti municipality, village Bokhvauri public school.
  • Safe school, safe environment – Ozurgeti municipality, borough Nasakirali public school.
  • Healthy generation, relevant environment – Ozurgeti municipality, village Shemokmedi public school.
  • Culture of friends – Ozurgeti municipality, village Gagma Dvabzu public school.
  • Delivered for posterity – Ozurgeti municipality, borough Ureki public school.
  • Municipal program for financing student self-governance (Lanchkhuti government) – regional parliament
  • Day of tolerance – Ozurgeti municipality, borough Nasakirali public school.
  • Exhibition-fair of hand-made exhibits –   Ozurgeti municipality, borough Nasakirali public school.
  • For making the community more active –  Ozurgeti municipality, borough Laituri public school.
  • Power is in unity – Ozurgeti municipality, borough Naruji public school.
  • All children are equal – Ozurgeti municipality, village Tskhemliskhidi public school.
  • Establishment of sports club – Chokhatauri municipality, village Chaisubani public school.
  • Haven of knowledge – #4 public school.
  • Let’s study and read in better environment – Ozurgeti municipality, village Melekeduri public school.
  • Establishment of school radio – Ozurgeti municipality, village Meria public school.
  • Clean hands – Chokhatauri municipality, village Guturi public school.
  • From tombs of ancestors we called for the ghosts of heroes – Ozurgeti municipality, borough Ureki public school.
  • If only we rescue from winter, if only the wind leaves us -– Chokhatauri municipality, village Shuaganakhleba public school.
  • Healthy generation – happy future – Ozurgeti municipality, village Bakhvi public school.
  • Development of student self-government room – Ozurgeti municipality, village Gurianta public school.
  • In the world of books – Ozurgeti municipality, village Shemokmedi public school.
  • Many books, much knowledge – Ozurgeti municipality, village Zemo Natanebi public school.
  • Musical tunes –  Chokhatauri municipality, village Chaisubani public school.
  • Green interior – Ozurgeti municipality, village Meria public school.
  • Bridge – Ozurgeti municipality, village Shemokmedi public school.
  • In search of past, we build future with new knowledge – Ozurgeti municipality, village Zemo Natanebi public school.
  • Life with love – Ozurgeti municipality, village Gurianta public school.
  • Alleyway of teachers – Chokhatauri municipality, #1 public school.
  • Foreign daughters-in-law – Ozurgeti municipality, borough Ureki public school.
  • From Jvartskhma to Chaisubani – Chokhatauri municipality, village Chaisubani public school.
  • My rights – Guria regional parliament.

Children’s theatre (4-12 year old kids)

Children discuss the children rights-related issues via elements of theatrical art. Working process supports the establishment of right values in kids, also broadening their scope.  Process of cultural development of the children and the society is under way with the help of these theatre shows. The selected topics reveal the actual reality of the kids. Their role not only in the show but also in the society is important for them.

Prepared theatre shows:

  • Pippi Longstocking
  • Karlson
  • There is an evil dog in the yard
  • Three robbers
  • Aesop’s big wisdom in fables
  • Gipsies
  • Animals’ farm
  • Lesson to parents
  • Hand palm sized fairy tales
  • Blood
  • Blood and mother
  • Stepchild and stepmother
  • Hand palm sized fairy tales
  • Aesop’s wisdom in fables
  • I am a human
  • Maknatuna
  • Mary Poppins
  • Commander is dozing
  • Salamura’s adventure
  • Snow white and seven dwarves
  • Oliver Twist
  • Krilov fables
  • Lursmana’s adventure
  • I see the sun
  • Funeral
  • What does the task ask?
  • Stepchild and stepmother
  • Buratino
  • Hand palm sized fairy tales
  • Viziering of animals
  • Chipolino

Interactive theatre

The goal of interactive theatre is to reveal diverse social problems and to include the society in their resolution process, also to change (often stereotyped) attitudes towards specific issues.

Unlike a traditional theatre, upon the end of the interactive show the audience has an opportunity to play this or that staging or show the full content of the performance at heart’s ease.

Teenagers participating in the interactive theatre choose the performance theme by themselves and get involved in preparation of its scenario.

Young Teachers’ Association actively applies the method of interactive theatre to promote this or that issue and advocate the problem.

Since 2009, the Interactive Theatre functioning at  Young Teachers’ Union has staged the following performances:

  • Chain of cues or makes no sense – about the problems in public schools regarding the functioning of students self-governments.
  • Final bell or you can call it as you wish – about the problems in public schools regarding the teacher-students relations
  • Tragedy with no hero №… – about violation of the rights of teenagers living in families with social problems
  • Law is often unfair  – about the life of teenagers with physical disabilities
  • Equality?! – about gender-related problems and stereotyped attitudes spread in society
  • Will he be lucky?!. – about underage illegal labour and the provoked negative impact on child’s development process
  • Victim №. – about violation (bullying) in public schools and its results.
  • Is old age pleasant?! – about the problems of the old people who are victims of moral and physical violence in their own families  and right because of this they end up in a shelter.


Youth Center

The Center operates at the Organization within the sidelines of the project “Strengthening of National Integration in Georgia”. The Project target group are adolescents above 18.

The young gain skills for community mobilization and problems identification, they promote the idea of diversity and volunteering and also try to get involved in presenting the identified problems and their resolutions. Programs conducted within the Center support the development of the quality of participation of youth living in villages.

Attended trainings and seminars

  • Gender equality.
  • Project writing.
  • Leadership and effective communication.
  • Social research methods.
  • Children’s protection from violence.
  • Meaning of violence and its types.
  • Diversity management.
  • Management of children’s defiant behaviour.
  • Facilitation skills.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Argumentation technique.
  • Presentation skills.
  • Documentary preparation technique.
  • Basic skills for conducting sociological research.
  • Social media and photography.
  • UN modelling
  • Tolerance
  • Advocacy skills.
  • Necessity of protecting a child from violence.
  • Gender equality.
  • Environmental protection.
  • Key characteristics of service; key sales techniques.
  • Tolerance and tolerant people.
  • Significance of didactic educational visual aids in children development.
  • Down syndrome and autism.
  • Fields of agriculture in Guria.

Community actions

  • Environmental actions
  • Campaign “Clean Ozurgeti together” – 5 sections of the town and the municipality were cleaned.
  • Cleaning of the disaster inflicted districts in Ozurgeti.
  • Cleaning and development of the park located in Gvimbralauri community in Lanchkhuti municipality.
  • Collection of waste paper in Guria schools,  2125kg waste paper was collected in 6 communities.  The waste paper was exchanged to the books published by “Palitra L”. The books were granted to public schools located in the communities who participated in the action.
  • Environmental flashmob with the goal to encourage the society’s activities to clean the environment.
  • On the International Day of Flowers, building up the square of Ozurgeti with flowers and painting the square wall.
  • Development of women’s square in Anaseuli community.
  • Cleaning of the school yard.
  • Landscaping of the school yard.
  • Development of a square in the school yard.
  • Action on the Earth Day
  • Fencing around and developing the economic area of the school.

2. International Days marked annually:

  • International Day of Girls
  • International Day of Tolerance
  • International Day of Protecting children from Violence
  • International Day of Down Syndrome
  • International Day of Women’s Happiness
  • International Day of Children’s Protection
  • International Day of Social Justice
  • International Day of  Book Reading
  • International Day of  the Old
  • International Day of  Volunteering
  • World AIDS Day
  • Say No to smoking!
  • Day of Europe
  • Velo tour for promoting healthy lifestyle
  • International Day of  Family Protection
  • International Day of  Poverty
  • Earth Day
  • Mother Language Day
  • International Holocaust Remembrance Day
  • World Health Day

3. Within the sidelines of women rights protection campaign

  • Encouraging women living in villages to start small enterprises.
  • Teaching of sowing and growing mushrooms to women.
  • Familiarization with specifics of dried fruit production.
  • Provision of information about fruit and sapling growing.
  • Attendance of women living in villages on cultural-cognitive activities: performance in Batumi Theatre; film show in a café “Eight+1”; meeting;

Cooking and exhibiting dishes from various cultures with the participation of women.

Peer educators trainings

Based on the gained knowledge, teenagers manage to spread education in society, in their families, thus making a positive impact on teenagers of their age, parents and other people of older generation.

They conduct seminars for their community members to promote civil rights and democratic values.

Modules on the following topics were prepared by teenagers:

1. Tolerance

2 Gender and gender socialization

2. Rights of ethnic minorities in Georgia

3. Limited abilities and environment

5. Holocaust Day

Public lectures

  • Democracy and good citizenship
  • “Ishmael” by Daniel Quinn
  • Liberalism as a development vector for Georgia
  • Modern politics of Near East
  • Women portraits in Georgian literature
  • Fields of agriculture in Guria
  • Education policy
  • Religious freedom
  • Literature for all
  • Education philosophy and 4G function of school
  • Modern trends in education
  • Why does the state interfere in child upbringing?
  • People who changed the world
  • Gender in literature
  • History and culture of the United States of America
  • 50 women from Georgia
  • History of one book
  • „Trends of gender equality”
  • “Freedom and social oppression”
  • „Women in literature”
  • „ Democracy and good citizenship”
  • “Ishmael” by Daniel Quinn
  • „A good manager makes decisions together with the school group” (Lela Imedashvili – Head of Ozurgeti Education Resource Center)
  • Modern trends in education (Paata Papava – Education Expert)
  • Peace in the context of global problems
  • Civil education for all.

Presentations

  • Presentation of multicultural café
  • Day of Latvia
  • Photo exhibition of the photographer Daro Sulakauri
  • Meeting with the writer Giorgi Kekelidze
  • Evening with Tea for women living in the village
  • International Day of Jazz
  • Summary of the campaign against gender violence
  • „Culinary is an art and not a craftmanship”; “All brilliant is simple”
  • Cultural diversity of various countries in the world (Germany, Korea, Poland, United States of America)
  • Georgia and its diversity with the eye of a foreigner
  • „50 women from Georgia”
  • „My favourite book”
  • „Shelter- childhood books”
  • Presentation of the book by G. Kekelidze “Two Adventures”
  • International Holocaust Day

Films:

  • „I am Malala”
  • „Madona“
  • „Life is Beautiful“
  • „12 Years a Slave“
  • “Long Bright Days”
  • „Speak Out!“
  • „Invisible Children“

Cultural activities

  • Intellectual game „What? Where? When?“ tournament final
  • Concert by the group “Lurji Ialkani”
  • Concert by the gipsy band

Small grant program

In the reporting period and within the sidelines of the Program, members of the Youth Center prepared 5 projects, 2 projects were financed.

  • „Green environment”
  • “Gipsies in our reality”