In 2018-2019 EGI organized two streams of “Civic Action School”, which was the opportunity of informal education for the students from Georgian universities. The aim of the project was to raise awareness among those students in the field of civic engagement. In the end of the project they wrote essays about different challenges of the country. The blog, that would integrate all works and assignments done by students’ essays and vlogs, was created as well. Students also had an opportunity to meet 6 experts on desirable topics in accordance with their modules and discussed ongoing challenges in the country. As a result EGI cooperated directly with 2 universities, 100 students from nearly all major universities of Tbilisi participated in the project and worked on up to 20 essays. Three of those works were used during parliamentary and public discussions. Majority of the participants later became the members of CSOs and political parties.
Civic Action School: The First Stream
The Final Event in the Administration of the President of Georgia
Giorgi Abashishvili – the head of the Administration of President Giorgi Margvelashvili hosted the students and the participants of Civic Action School in the Presidential Palace. The project was carried out by Europe-Georgia Institute with the support of The Reserve Fund of the President of Georgia (the fund was operating up until 2018) in cooperation with Sulkhan Saba Orbeliani University. The project provided the students with the opportunity to receive informal education about different modules, such as global politics, security and economics. They had an opportunity to discuss topics such as Eurointegration of Georgia, the issues related to Defense and Security of the country, Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity of Georgia and etc. According to Giorgi Abashishvili, the participants of the project discuss and elaborate on the issues, that faces the country during contemporary times. “It is always important to involve the youth in such discussions in order to ensure that the competent views exist among them on those topics. The project will continue and youth will discuss economics and topics of civil society development” – stated Abashishvili.