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EU-supported Akhalkalaki LAG Training Center Awards Certificates to Local Youth

EU-supported Akhalkalaki LAG Training Center Awards Certificates to Local Youth

4 October 2019, Akhalkalki – Development of the Georgian and English basic language skills was the focus of the first training seasons initiated by the Training Center of Akhalkalaki Local Action Group (LAG). 28 local youth, who successfully passed the language courses, were awarded certificates jointly issued by the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA) and Akhalkalaki LAG. The event was held within the framework of EU-supported project “Promoting a New Rural Development Approach in Akhalkalaki.”
During the courses, participants had the opportunity to explore intensive Georgian and English language courses with the innovative teaching methodology. Concept and curriculum of the courses were conceptualized and implemented in-line with ethnic minority specification and designed for the specific targeted audience with main focus on youth and women.  The courses were conducted by Natia Chigvaria, PhD in philology, the professor at GIPA. In the frame of the intensive courses participants were introduced to famous Georgian and English cross cultural educational materials. 
“Social projects with main focus on education are very important for Akhalkalaki municipality. Trainees showed great interest during the courses, however the challenge remains language issues and lack of innovative and interactive teaching classes to raise the motivation of local youth.” – said Natia Chigvaria. 
This is the first courses organized by the Training Center of Akhalkalaki LAG. Variety of courses will be offered for the locals in the future. In addition to this, GIPA in partnership with the Akalkalaki Educational Recourse Center will work on development of school tests in Georgian languages for ethnic minorities, which will be available nationwide. During the ceremony, memorandum of cooperation was signed between the partners.
“Learning English as an international language and Georgian as a state language, is the window of opportunity for local youth for better integration and their future personal and career development.” – highlighted Nana Kashakashvili, Project Manager.
“I highly recommend to my peers not to be shy and participate into this very innovative classes which Akhalkalaki LAG and GIPA provides to us. We do not only study languages, but also take joy and entertainment from the process. We learn while playing, this is something new and exciting.” – mentioned Hermine Soghoyan, participant of the Georgian course.
The Project “Promoting a New Rural Development Approach in Akhalkalaki” is implemented by the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs and Department of Rural Development and Vocational Education (DRDVE/GIPA). Project partners are Mercy Corps, ELVA and West Cork Development Partnership. Project is financed in the framework of European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD). 
The European Union is supporting agriculture and rural development in Georgia through ENPARD Programme. Implemented since 2013 the main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty in the country. For more information please visit www.enpard.ge