Awareness-Raising on the Importance of Education
RDFG’s sustainability vision is centered on quality education – one that defines the future of any human being, aiming to support communities in becoming economically independent, to develop sustainable and diversified livelihoods, and thus contribute to peaceful communities.
While providing quality education, RDFG concentrates on equity and equality, modern teaching and learning methodologies, and service sustainability. We ensure the results-oriented approach, considering the relevance to the country’s labor market’s needs.
We believe that ensuring inclusive education leads to the empowerment of youth and contributes to the public welfare.
While implementing programs and activities in the educational sector, RDFG actively cooperates with the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia and other interested parties.
Employment Shuttle is a conceptually innovative model supporting the social inclusion and employment of the people at risk of social exclusion. This is a group of proactive unemployed people, who with the help of a coach, work to encourage the labor inclusion of all members of the team. The main principle of Employment Shuttle is the active engagement of the programme beneficiaries in this process, who with the help of a coach, are planning the activities that will assist them in their personal development and job search process.
The programme aims to support the unemployed people to develop the necessary employability skills and help them integrate into the labor market: Self-awareness, self-esteem, and motivation to define their objectives and achieve the set goals. Define the professional goals and utilize the current and potential abilities to increase their employability prospects.
Vocational education is the backbone of every developing nation. Considering the local labor market’s demand and the expertise of the governmental and non-governmental organizations, including donors, VET experts, local and foreign specialists of vocational education, the Policy of the Development of Vocational Education was developed by the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia. The main purpose of the document is to support the priorities set by the Government of Georgia to:
- Foster country’s social-economic growth and overcome poverty.
- Support human resources on the local and national level and meet the labor market demands.
- Ensure accessibility to the vocational education for any citizen, supporting the most vulnerable people and their integration in the civic society.
Considering the above-mentioned document along with the local labor market’s current demand, RDFG works with communities living in rural areas, raising awareness on vocational education, and providing them with various vocational training and programs. We support youth and adults in choosing the profession they would be comfortable with and provide financial resources for implementing relevant vocational education courses on the local level. As a result, hundreds of program beneficiaries found interesting or them jobs and eventually have become financially independent.
Farmer Fields School (FFS) is an experiential training methodology grounded in the principles of adult education. This is an approach based on people-centered learning, it focuses on group learning by discovery, experimentation and observation, group analysis of results and making better decisions. Farmer Fields School participants learn how to improve skills through observing, analyzing, and trying out new ideas on their own fields, contributing to improved production and livelihoods.
For ensuring Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) education among youth, RDFG supports formal education along with non-formal education. We technically assist educational institutions in curriculum development, are involved in standards development and adoption, and introduce new models and technologies. As for the non-formal educational initiatives, RDFG applies DRR youth club approach in schools, engages young people in community development activities, runs awareness-raising campaigns, and advocates end by youth.
RDFG establishes DRR clubs and facilitates disaster risk reduction measures for schools and communities, raise awareness about natural hazards, environmental protection, and climate change issues.
Members of the clubs develop the concept of the Youth Clubs, responsibilities description, and club action plans. Activities include dissemination of information on climate change, emergency properness and environment protection in their communities through the distribution of leaflets and posters, visits in different schools, and kindergarten. Simulation exercises are conducted with the participation of the Emergency Management Agency and other institutions involved in crisis management system.
Digital Literacy and E-Learning
Within the fast pace of digitalization, RDFG fosters rural communities in the development of collaborative and creative skills to cope with the modern challenges, adapt them to their workforce, startups, businesses. We are working on digital literacy, emphasizing that access to the internet is the fundamental right of any human being and convincing youth and adults in the benefits of e-learning training and materials.
Nowadays, e-learning is far more affordable as compared to physical learning and offers a very efficient way to deliver lessons remotely, especially in timed of crisis like last pandemic. This type of teaching and learning fully eliminates the need for space for educational activities and the cost of transportation. But there are some challenges, as well. The current infrastructure of our country – access to the internet and appropriate gadgets in every family, especially in smaller towns and villages, pose huge problems.
Considering the value and need of electronic educational technologies, RDFG provides remote services to all its beneficiaries, including e-learning materials and training in target municipalities. Notably, the process of the services’ digitalization was hastened with the spread of the COVID-19 as the world faced the challenge requiring the provision of effective teaching methodologies operationally and remotely.
The cycle of the RDFG’s electronic teaching/learning interventions includes:
- Assessment of the needs of rural communities and generally rural economy in terms of digitalization.
- Thinking of strategies for delivering remote services, including financial resources for equipping them with internet and smart gadgets.
- Finally – provision the full package for receiving online services and attending e-learning activities.
Business Planning/Financial Management
No matter what a startuper or MSME initiator is going to establish, he will need to explain why his business is necessary and how it will differ from its competitors. That is why the business plan is necessary, as it represents one’s unique idea and convinces others in its importance and potential sustainability. On the other hand, financial literacy is the possession of skills that allows entrepreneurs to make smart decisions with their money. Financial literacy helps individuals become self-sufficient and work further for their financial stability.
RDFG provides youth and adults with business planning skills and financial literacy with special focus on women led business. This includes company description, market and marketing analysis, sales strategy, budgeting, debts, emergencies, etc. Our goal is to provide entrepreneurs with the respective training in business planning and financial literacy so they can handle their money better and can guarantee the sustainability of their future enterprises.