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EU-supported Youth Summer Camp was arranged by the initiative of the Akhalkalaki Local Action Group

EU-supported Youth Summer Camp was arranged by the initiative of the Akhalkalaki Local Action Group

12-17 July 2019. Racha – Social integration, developing the basic comunication and interpersonal skills were the major topics of the EU-supported Youth Summer Camp organized by the initiative of the Akhalkalaki Local Action Group (LAG) in Racha. The event was held within the framework of EU-supported project “Promoting a New Rural Development Approach in Akhalkalaki.”
During the Summer Camp, participants had the opportunity to raise awareness about the history of Racha Region, visit cultural, historical and recreation sites, and receive information about the academic programmes of local vocational college. Moreover, the youth learned local traditional handiworks such as the art of patterning and creating Georgian enamel, as well as cooked local dishes with the host family. In addition, the camp participants were introduced to local tourism development trends and innovative methods of establishing effective communication and interpersonal skills. 
“Such projects are important, which gives youth the opportunity to be acquainted with art and enrich the spiritual world. Especially, it is significant to involve the youth from the regions who do not often have such opportunity. My colleagues and me are always ready to partichipate in this kind of activities,” said Professor Beka Nutsubidze.
The main highlights of the camp topics were social integration and developing the interpersonal skills. It should be mentioned that Racha region was selected on purpose by the Akhalkalaki LAG as it is the region with rich traditions and haritage. The participants visited famouse places and the most popular sightseeing of the region. Interesting lectures were delivered about social development. 
“This camt is very special for all of us. It gives us as an opportunity to familiarize with Georgian historic region and share its culture and traditions,” said Nazi Sesadze, member of Akhalakheti LAG youth group.
This is the second Youth Camp which has been initiated by Akhalkalaki LAG. Similar activities will be conducted in the future as well.
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