RDFG together with EU supported youth project kicked off the European Youth Week in Tetritskaro municipality in Kvemo Kartli region after the Europe Day celebration event in Marneuli. On 12-16 November, Young European Ambassadors (YEAs) from Georgia paid a visit to Young Farmers’ Centres (YFCs) in the country’s Tetritskaro municipality to raise awareness about the EU, the Young European Neighbours Network and the YEAs initiative.
The Young European Ambassadors initiative aims to foster cooperation and sustainable links between young people and youth organisations from the EU and its Eastern Partner countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine), exchange the ideas and information on the EU, as well as contribute to greater awareness of the EU among young people.
The YEAs visited ten YFCs to inform young farmers about EU values, EU-funded youth initiatives and opportunities for Georgian youth in the field of education and mobility. Presentations were held in 9 villages of the municipality: public schools of Khaishi, Tsintskaro, Koda, Bogvi, Tetritskaro, Golteti and Tchivtchavi.
The visit was a follow-up activity to the recent participation of YEAs and YFC members in the ancient Georgian vintage festival in Tetritskaro municipality and the support they provided to a local farmer harvesting wine grapes.
The model of Young Farmers’ Center in Tetritskaro municipality is created under the EU-funded project “Rural Development for Sustainable Growth of Tetritskaro Municipality” in the framework of the second phase of European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD) and is implemented by the Association of Rural Development for Future Georgia (RDFG). The centers aim to bring together schoolchildren from rural communities to demonstrate the benefits of modern agriculture as a source of livelihood security and engage them in the development of their own communities. The initiative is seen as an alternative to migration to urban areas.