Delegation of the European Union to Georgia

Teachers from Pankisi discover the EU

13/02/2019 - 08:20

A group of 20 teachers from schools in Pankisi Gorge travelled to Belgium on a study trip that gave them first insights into the reality of the European Union.

During four intense days spent in Brussels the group of teachers met with representatives of several European institutions and used this opportunity to ask questions about European policy and about opportunities offered to Georgian citizens through EU support.

"I would have never imagined that I would appear at the headquarters of NATO, at the European Parliament, this is absolutely unbelievable", said Lamara Margoshvili during her first visit to Brussels, a statement shared by many of the teachers during the visit.

The teachers visited a school in Brussels to gain insight into their Belgian colleagues' reality and take home fresh ideas and approaches to teaching. Furthermore, the group undertook an excursion to the picturesque town of Ghent, bought many boxes of Belgian chocolates and shared traditional Kist songs at the Museum of European History.

On their return, they were welcomed by Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze who highlighted the importance of the teachers' experience for their students. With the group safely returned from Brussels, Ambassador Carl Hartzell is planning to undertake a visit to Pankisi in the near future, together with Keti Tsikhelashvili, State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality.

About the project

20 principals and teachers from schools in Pankisi Gorge have received training in how to teach Europe at their schools. They attended a two-day seminar in Tbilisi providing them with first-hand information on Georgia's chosen path of European integration. In February 2019 the group of teachers travelled to Brussels on a study trip, where they met representatives of European institutions. Thanks to this project, students in Pankisi Gorge will be able to receive accurate information about the European Union and its relations with Georgia.

The project is funded by the European Union and implemented by the LEPL Information Center on NATO and EU and the Office of the State Minister of Georgia on Reconciliation and Civic Equality. Other supporters of the Project are the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Georgia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


For further information please contact:

  • Mikolaj Bekasiak, Delegation of the European Union to Georgia,
  • Davit Kakulia, Office of the State Minister of Georgia for Reconciliation and Civic Equality, +995 577 110556

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