On Friday, 12 teachers and administrators from five schools in Kvemo Kartli and Kakheti came together at Koda Community Center on their holiday to learn new mentoring practices to help students succeed. In a day-long training sponsored by RDFG and facilitated by Rusudan Tevzadze of the Ministry of Education, these educators learned creative ways to support their students in Young Farmer Centers in their schools.
The Young Famer Centers (YFC) teach leadership skills, new farming techniques and community engagement in order to cultivate future farmers and active citizens. Too many youth are leaving their communities to pursue economic opportunities in the cities; YFC works to reverse this trend by teaching advocacy, civic participation and agricultural innovation so youth can revitalize their communities’ civic and economic future.
This was the first in a series of RDFG’s trainings of educators from Koda, Tsintskaro, Shaumiani, Dmanisi and Sagarejo. The training covered topics such as the role of non-formal education in schools like student clubs; identifying problems and solutions; and the roles youth, administrators and teachers play in the educational setting. The training series will share tools educators can use to work closely with the club to nurture student success, and ensure the YFC continues into the future.
The Young Farmers Centers are a part of the Economic Development through Agricultural Assistance for IDP Farmers in Kvemo Kartli and Kakheti regions (EDKK) project. EDKK, a two-year project funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and supported by World Vision Germany, started in January 2016.