Within the framework of EDKK project, implemented by RDFG, second phase of community project application process has started. Koda, Tsintskaro, Shaumiani, Dmanisi and Sagarejo Young Farmer Center’s students have another chance to contribute in solving their community problems. The EDKK team organized a workshop to inform and motivate them. The workshop was hosted by the Innovation and Technology Agency of Georgia, Technopark.
At the beginning of the meeting, YFC children had an excursion at Technopark. They were introduced the working space and the laboratories of the agency, where innovative ideas are implemented. Technopark representative informed children about the new co-funding program of the agency and encouraged them to get involved in the program.
After the excursion, YFCs moved to the conference room, where Guram Dolidze, business trainer conducted the workshop about filling in the application form of community development projects. Children divided in working groups and discussed each component of the application form with trainer in details. They also spoke about the needs of their schools and communities and shared experience and knowledge, that they gained while working on the previous community projects.
“The meeting was great. The information was given sequentially. We had a chance to fill in the project application form and get feedback from the trainer. Besides children from different YFCs could evaluate each other’s strength and abilities, that raised their motivation and initiated them to work not only for their own well-being, but for their school, community and village – Said Nino Niauri, Sagarejo Young Farmers Center volunteer.
The deadline for community projects applications is March 28, 2018. The winners will be revealed by the competent jury.
One of the main objectives of the project Economic Development through Agricultural Assistance for IDP Farmers in Kvemo Kartli and Kakheti regions (EDKK) is to encourage young people to get involved in agro-entrepreneurship and community development. To fulfil this aim, Young Farmers Centers (YFCs) were created to teach young people leadership skills, new farming techniques and community engagement in order to cultivate future farmers and active citizens. YFCs bring together local and IDP students.
EDKK project is funded by German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and supported by World Vision Germany.