Enhance youth participation and engagement to create positive changes at individual, family and community levels

In 2015, World Vision Georgia (WVG) expanded its number of school-based youth clubs to 45, uniting more than 1200 youngsters. 6000 youngsters were involved in various non-formal education activities with the aim of enhancing and empowering their voices both within their communities and at the national level. In 2015, WVG ran a number of projects supported by the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia in an ongoing effort to roll out its overall approach to build sustainable and high-impact results through strategic partnerships at community, local and national levels. One of WVG’s major achievements in 2015 was the opening of a Youth Center in Samtskhe-Javakheti ADP (Adigeni Municipality) with the support of the local Municipality. The Kakheti ADP successfully implemented the ‘Civil Voice and Action’ advocacy campaign and lobbied for a public debate as a supplemental educational service in 4 public schools in Kakheti. Besides the Kakheti ADP, the procedure was also supported by the Georgian Institute for Debate and Education. Debate club members, school students, teachers and parents were also actively involved in the process of identifying the needs of the community in the education system, finding ways to deliver them to the decision-making body, and findings ways to solve them. Promoting non-formal education through outdoor activities was one of the priorities for the youth programme in 2015 as well. A variety of sporting activities, summer camps and hiking trips were encouraged amongst youth and more than 500 youngsters participated in outdoor activities in the summer of 2015. A lot of progress was made towards the building of capacities amongst youth in an effort to establish better environments of accountability within local and national authorities. Through a number of projects, skills were identified and enhanced that enabled youth to demand more from relevant authorities and seek more open and participatory policy development approaches that will ultimately impact on their own well-being.