Spring 2020 – the period of a pandemic caused by the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) turned out to be especially fruitful for the school students in the Borjomi and Aspindza municipalities. As Mariam Zazadze, Association Rural Development for Future Georgia’s (RDFG) certified career consultant tells us, Vocational Education Trainings (VET) were conducted in 4 youth groups (almost 40 people) from the public schools in the cities of Borjomi and Aspindza, also in the villages of Akhaldaba and Orshori. Considering the reality caused by the pandemic, the training courses were adapted to an electronic model, using the online platform Zoom or Facebook messenger in particular cases.
Tako Tumanishvili has also been certified as career trainer by the RDFG and has conducted the youth trainings during this period. As Tako recalls, first, she faced some difficulties in adapting the teaching process to a remote model as some of the students did not have appropriate equipment to engage in the mentioned activities. But finally, almost everyone managed to solve the problem and undergone the trainings:
“It was an interesting challenge for each of us, including trainers. From my point of view, this is a valuable experience that will change the model of teaching and learning forever. As for the topics, they were related to VET and personal development and were very interesting and useful for the school students. I think we managed to contribute to the young people’s decisions about their educational and professional choices, and our trainings will assist them in managing their future careers”.
Professional Orientation and Career Guidance Project aimed at raising awareness about vocational education and career growth among school students (14-18 years old, at least 350 young people). The Project was implemented by RDFG, in the framework of the USAID Zrda Activity in Georgia and EU-funded ENPARD Programme and supported by the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia. The target municipalities of the project were: Tetritskaro, Bolnisi, Marneuli, Ninotsminda, Borjomi, Adigeni, Aspindza, Kaspi, Gori, and Zugdidi.
USAID Zrda Activity is a five-year program designed to promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth in target regions (Shida Kartli, Kvemo Kartli, Samtskhe-Javakheti, Mtskheta-Mtianeti, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, Kakheti) by improving MSME growth, increasing productivity of rural households, facilitating market linkages between producers and buyers and promote local economic development by establishing and strengthening networks. As a result, Zrda will create jobs and increase sales for MSMEs and incomes for households, bolstering the resilience and livelihoods of the target communities. Zrda targets communities in proximity to the administrative boundary lines and communities with ethnic minority populations.
Nina Kopaleishvili – Communications Officer, RDFG
Revaz Javelidze – Networking/Youth Engagement Team Leader, RDFG