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On 20-21 December, within the framework of a joint initiative of the Office of the State Minister of Georgia on Reconciliation and Civic Equality and LEPL Information Center on NATO and EU, teachers and principals from Pankisi Gorge participated in a seminar on Europe, European values and Georgia's relations with the European Union at the Administration of the Government of Georgia.
The training is part of a larger outreach programme that will include a study trip to Brussels in early 2019.
During the opening ceremony of the two-day training representatives of the Georgian Government and the European Union emphasised the importance of reaching out to the community in Pankisi Gorge.
In the opening ceremony, Carl Hartzell, Ambassador of the European Union to Georgia stated: "The European Union tries to reach out to all citizens of Georgia, wherever they live. I was very happy to meet this group of dedicated teachers from Pankisi Gorge, who are interested in learning more about the European Union and EU-Georgia relations, and to take this knowledge back home to their students and communities."
The training programme for the two-day seminar currently taking place in Tbilisi includes first-hand presentations from Government representatives working directly with the European Union. Teachers will gain insights into the history of the European Union as well as the current status of Georgian-European relations and future perspectives. Furthermore, participants of the seminar will work with the handbook "Europe in my lesson" and take part in interactive training on modern teaching methodology.
About the programme
20 principals and teachers from schools in Pankisi Gorge will receive training in how to teach Europe at their schools. Over two days they will attend a seminar in Tbilisi that will give them first-hand information on Georgia's chosen path of European integration. In February 2019 the group of teachers will travel to Brussels on a study trip, where they will meet representatives of European institutions. Thanks to this training, students in Pankisi Gorge will be able to receive accurate information about the European Union and its relations with Georgia.
The project is organized by the LEPL Information Center on NATO and EU and the Office of the State Minister of Georgia on Reconciliation and Civic Equality with the financial support of the European Union. Other supporters of the Project are the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Georgia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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