Fostering education is an integral element of all our work. Georgia is a developing country and it is vital to acknowledge the real needs of each community, considering the difference between the rural and urban areas. Limited access to good quality educational opportunities and the lack of steady jobs reflects the sustainable development of communities a lot, especially in small towns and villages. As we believe that education is a core element to overcome rural poverty and ensure sustainable communities, we initiate various services for the empowerment of young people.
RDFG actively works with youth to raise awareness about the value of education, thus supports government with complementary projects, along with independently promotes vocational education and career growth programs among young people and implements various non-formal educational activities. RDFG’s skills development and educational programs and training are tailored to meet young people’s interests, encouraging them for being well-prepared for the local workforce. We assure the youth that education is the way to individual well-being and financial resilience.
We work with youth communities to promote and support micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), providing them with necessary knowledge and skills for launching and running sustainable MSMEs for ensuring stable livelihoods.
We are fully committed to supporting traditional educational methodologies and promote modern innovative approaches of non-formal teaching and learning, including skills development, knowledge gaining, and problem-based learning. We prepare youth for the workforce through cross-sectoral programming to bridge the gaps between educational opportunities, the labor force, and the private sector needs. To achieve its goals, RDFG is working with governmental bodies, donor organizations, and private sector representatives.
Advancing Quality of Education
RDFG’s sustainable development goal is centered on quality education – one that defines the future of any human being, hence, supports young people in becoming economically independent and develops sustainable livelihoods. We believe that inclusive quality education leads to the empowerment of youth, thus, contributes to the public welfare. While providing access to quality education, RDFG concentrates on equity and equality, modern teaching and learning methodologies, digital skills development, and service sustainability. We use the results-oriented approach, considering the relevance to the country’s labor market’s needs.
While implementing programs and activities in the educational sector, RDFG actively cooperates with the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia.
Promoting Vocational Education
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:
- 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 and 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 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 youth and adults found interesting jobs and eventually have become financially independent.
Youth Entrepreneurship Support through Non-Formal Education
YFCs are supported by the RDFG Farmer Field School expert staff and serve to equip students with knowledge on modern agricultural methodologies and allow them to apply these skills at demonstration plots established on their schools’ land. This aims to enable youth to recognize rural agriculture as a viable livelihood option and contribute to the reduction of labor migration of youth to the cities, where they should take on any available jobs, often to the detriment of their health and safety.
YFC teaches advocacy, civic participation, leadership skills, and agricultural innovation, so youth can revitalize their communities’ civic and economic future.
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 adaption, 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 plan. Activities include dissemination of information on climate change, emergency properness, and environmental 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. Around 800 youth engaged in DRR Youth Clubs in various regions of Georgia.
RDFG’s entrepreneurial camps (Bootcamps) are focusing on teaching youth business skills and introducing them to the successful implemented business ideas. The training sessions are implemented based on the adapted United Nations Industrial Development Organization’s (UNIDO) entrepreneurial-training manual and are led by our trainers, acting as mentors.
Youth in the Bootcamps is getting acquainted with the business model Canvas which is strategic management and a startup template for developing new or existing business model. They are working on improving their own business projects and are attending training from actual entrepreneurs, to see what it is like to start a business and to strengthen their entrepreneurial mindset.
As usual, Bootcamps culminate in pitch competitions. Afterwards, young people’s pitches are assessed by the evaluation committee and the winners get funding for implementing their business projects.
RDFG contributions to the development of the rural digital economy, thus is concerned with the impacts of digital technologies upon various aspects of rural life. We help rural SMEs to gain from an effective engagement with e-commerce, particularly for companies operating in remote locations.
Within the fast pace of digitalization, RDFG fosters youth 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 the importance of access to the internet and life-long e-learning training and materials.
RDFG works on digital literacy and young people’s capacity building, ensuring that each member of youth communities is developing the following skills:
- Collect, process, and use digital content.
- Learn and develop digital skills.
- Communicate, collaborate, and participate digitally.
- Digital identity, digital well-being, and security.
- Technical proficiency.
- Create, innovate, research.
RDFG’s professional orientation and career guidance trainers are raising awareness about professional orientation and career growth among school students. We help young people to make decisions about their educational and professional choice, assist them in managing their careers. As a result, beneficiaries gain knowledge on how to match their own skills with available professions on the job market.
This initiative, among other results, enhances the development of the state reform in the field of professional orientation and career consultation and is fully supported by the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia.