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On the occasion of the Republic Day, "Bridge of Hope" NGO president Susanna Tadevosyan awarded with high state award - the Medal of Gratitude, for social and public activities and for major personal contribution, many years’ devotion and fruitful activities aimed at promoting the sphere of education by the President of Republic of Armenia.
A study entitled Study of Educational Needs of Student Representatives of Ethnic Minorities living in Georgia was conducted in 2016. The main objective of the study was to identify school dropouts and its causes among ethnic minorities. According to literature, dropping out of school results primarily from child labour practices and early marriages, specifically in the case of girls. The research shows the negative impact of the process on individuals as well as on the State and society at large.
The Republican Library for the Visually Impaired People has 1,500 Regular Reader.
There are children aged 5-18 years who are provided with food, clothes, necessary medical and rehabilitation services that live in social service institution for children with disabilities number 1 of the State Social Protection Fund under the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population of the Azerbaijan Republic.
Although there are many autistic people in Azerbaijan, the number of institutions carrying out complex activities for them is quite limited. One of the organization working with autistic people in our country is “Assistance to Rehabilitation of Autistic Children” Public Union,” which drew our attention.
We had a chance to get answers for our questions related to this topic by Elnur Mammadov, co-founder and chair of the Organization.
On the 22nd of December 2016, the Regional Theater Festival was held at the Ilia State University Theater in Tbilisi, Georgia.
“Əsa” (“Walking stick”), the first theater in Azerbaijan, which was formed by people both with and without disabilities.
In 2016, with the financial support of the Presidential Reserve Fund of Georgia and with the help of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the museum of repression called “The Footsteps of the Past” was established in the Gymnasium of Kaspi - a little town in Shida Kartli (region of Georgia). The school was established in 1994 and is located in a building of a former militia barrack.
Azerbaijan Student Youth Organizations' Union (ASYOU) and school-lyceum complex of Narimanov district Baku city organized a project under the name “Inclusion of talent”. The project was funded by the Youth Foundation under the President of the Azerbaijan Republic.
School safety is becoming a more and more serious issue of concern because of the rising cases of bullying in schools. The findings collected from the surveys during the last decade show that bullying is one of the most serious problems for school children.
Within the framework of advocacy activity of the Caucasus Network for Children (CNC), Support to Social Development Public Union “Umid” (“Hope” SSD PU) held a series of humanitarian activities in the Azerbaijani cities of Sumgait and Shabran.
Educational Center for Youth (ECY) organized a series of events on advocacy activity of the Caucasus Network for Children (CNC) in the regions of Azerbaijan.
The “Bridge of Hope” theatre troupe recently presented its new “Cipollino” inclusive performance.
On August 2, the member of CNC network “Orran” held a competition for postcards raising awareness of the plight of children with special needs.
From June 25 to 26 in Dilijan, Armenia “Bridge of Hope” NGO (the member of the Caucasus Network for Children (CNC)) in the framework of the project "Speaking about myself", held a seminar for journalists “The coverage of disability issues in media”. More than sixty applications for participation were received of which only 20 were selected.
Every year, the EU Delegation to Armenia, the US embassy, the OSCE, Council of Europe and the UN Armenia offices in Yerevan, honor individuals working to promote human rights, accountable governance, the rule of law, local government reform, women’s rights, inclusion and free speech in Armenia at the Universal Rights Awards ceremony. The ceremony has taken place annually since 2012, and is the first initiative of the international community to highlight the contributions of Armenia’s civil and political rights activists, government officials, media and civil society representatives to the promotion of human rights.
The training on safe schools for multicultural society was conducted in Georgia. The guideline was prepared in Georgian language and translated into Azeri and Armenian languages.
“Community” forum for the active civilians in the North Caucasus region.
The seventh forum “Community” was held in Grozny on the 26-27th of August. The project was launched by the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation in 2015 in order to find, support and promote civil society activists and representatives of NGOs. During two days, the participants discussed the burning issues in the region and looked for the solutions, they also presented the best practices of civil society’s activity in the region and took part in several educational events, aimed to enhance the efficiency of non governmental organizations. for more information: http://xn--90aci0ajbadllemfl7f.xn--p1ai/%D0%B3%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B7%D0%BD%D1%8B%D0%B9
Vocational Rehabilitation Centre for young people with disabilities has been operating since December 2013 in Ramana settlement of Baku city.
Georgia introduced inclusive education into its general education system in the year 2006. As a result, there are now 2100 schools out of which over 1000 general education institutions are engaged in inclusive education.
Combating poverty, ensuring peace and preserving the environment- these are the three major concerns of the Austrian Development Agency (ADA). The Communication Officers of the Caucasus Network for Children (CNC) spoke with Mrs. Barbara Konzet, Program Manager of the Civic Society Program International in Vienna about ADAs activities in the Southern Caucasus.
Within the framework of advocacy campaign on activities of the Caucasus Network for Children (CNC) in July 2016, series of meetings were organized in Baku by members of the Azerbaijan Children Union (ACU).
Our interviewer - an expert in the field of social work, Elmir Valehli, is a graduate of the Faculty of Social Work from Azerbaijan University, Head of the Division on health policy and reforms of the Public Health and Reforms Center under Ministry of Health of the Republic of Azerbaijan. E. Valehli directly participated in realization of several local and international projects as coordinator, trainer and expert.
The CNC board meeting and practical training for communication officers was held from June 12 to 18th in Vienna
Azerbaijan Journalists` Network and Educational Center for Youth under the Azerbaijan Press Council are implementing project Journalistic school - "MediaMən" ("MeMedia").
Conference on “Development and Strengthening of Vocational Education and Training in Azerbaijan” were organized with participation of Ministry of Education of Azerbaijan and The Foundation Rogaland Training and Education Center.
The scheduled board meeting and practical training for communication officers of CNC (Caucasus Network for Children) took place in Tbilisi on March 18-19.
The official ceremony for closing “Let’s challenge the limits” project as well as the first exhibition in Azerbaijan “Careers without restrictions” have been taken place in Baku. The exhibition was held under the motto of “The physical limits are not an obstacle for a successful career”.
The Zero Project has selected “Towards inclusive education in Armenia” as one of the most outstanding innovative policies and practices in inclusive education.
A CONFERENCE ON “THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A FOUNDATION FOR THE INTEGRATION OF DISABLED PEOPLE INTO HEIs OF AZERBAIJAN” PROJECT WAS HELD
Conference was held at Ganja State University in the frame of TEMPUS (ESFIDIP) project “The Establishment of a Foundation for the Integration of Disabled People into HEIs of Azerbaijan”.
“Çərpələng” (“Kite”) Centre which was created with initiative of two young ladies just a couple of months ago, gained popularity not only within children in school and pre-school age, but can not study because of different social and economic problems, children from poor families, children with disabilities and also within young teachers and education specialists. They supported development of this centre enthusiastically. This center was able to form a strong team in a short time period and became famous with its activities.
Educational Center for Youth, a member of the Caucasian Network for Children, the newspaper “Caspian” and the Youth Campaign “My education - my future” held nationwide Youth Enlightenment Forum. The main purpose of the Forum was campaigning on education among youth and focusing attention of people to the problems related to education.
Georgian NGOs “Regional Development Society– Scholarship Fund” and Civic Development Institute (CDI) presented their program aiming at fighting the drop-out of education for reasons of poverty on December 25th.
At its fourth General Assembly CNC members discussed their activities in the field of inclusive education in 2015.
The workshop “How to reduce impact of poverty on education” was held in Borjomi on the dates November 13, 14. The workshop was organized in the frames of “Caucasus Network for Children” (CNC) advocacy program by Civic Development Institute.
The “Bridge of Hope” theatre troupe recently presented its new performance in Yerevan and Tavush Marz.
Azerbaijan Children Public Union, a member of the Caucasus Network for Children (CNC), has started to implement a project, called “Let’s support creative youth” in September 2015. The project is realized with the financial support of the Youth Foundation under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
New style of cooperation between Government and NGO sector: Minister of Education and Science and “Bridge of Hope”, a member of the CNC Network, have invited the Minister’s Steering Committee Meeting to a conference titled “Importance of turning to universal inclusive education in mainstream education sector”.
It’s already the sixth time that “Bridge of Hope”, a member organization of the Caucasus Network for Children (CNC), organized an event jointly with the international organization “Mission East”, based on the financial backup of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.
It is September 1 - the children of Orran are excited to be going back to school.
On October 8, 2015, Orran, one of the member organizations of the Caucasus Network for Children (CNC), held its 10th annual fundraising dinner at the Marriott Armenia hotel.
“Inclusive Decisions for Equal and Accountable Society” (IDEAS), a project supported by he European Union, is being implemented in cooperation with the Center for Innovations in Education (CIE) and British Council.
Say two young ladies, Shafiga Farzalieva and Turan Garayeva, who could make their dream come true within a short period of time and open a special center for preschool children.
Educators play a key role in transforming existing educational systems into inclusive ones. CNC started to develop strategies on how educators can be more efficiently targeted and supported.
“Center for Child Development and Inclusive Education” started functioning in one of the regions of Azerbaijan
A “Center for Child Development and Inclusive Education” was created under the regional office of the Educational Center for Youth (ECY), situated in Agjabedi region of Azerbaijan. The representatives of the ECY reported that the new center was created out of the own internal resources and capabilities of this non-governmental organization. The Administration of the Agjabedi region donated an office for the "Center for Child Development and Inclusive Education" and the activists and volunteers of the ECY provided the technical and the organizational part.
Youth Forum "Towards an inclusive community" took place in Dilijan (Armenia) from 10 to 13 of June.
The day was marked by CNC member organizations “Bridge of Hope” and “Orran” in Armenia.
Fundraising training was conducted from May 6 to 8, 2015. The members of the Caucasus Network for Children (CNC) gathered in Georgia to take part in a 3-day EU application workshop.
The regional conference “Inclusive Education – Education for All” took place in Dilijan (Armenia) on May 11 in the frame of project “CHILD: Community Helping Inclusive Development and Learning”, funded by Austrian Development Agency and OSIAF ESP.
UNESCO Celebrating excellence in education for people with disabilities.
Inclusive Education was the focus of a CNC training seminar in Vienna from November 15 to 18.
On October 28 and 29, the third General Assembly of the Caucasus Network convened in Kvareli, Georgia.
The conference “Together for Inclusion and Education” took place on October 27th, 2014 at Kvareli Lake in the eastern part of Georgia.
In the second week of May (12-16), 14 members of the Caucasus Network for Children (CNC) convened at Interkulturelles Zentrum (IZ) in Vienna to take part in a 2-day project development workshop and afterwards in the first Board meeting of the Network this year.
CNC is pleased to announce that one of its members, "Bridge of Hope" (Armenia) in the face of its leader Susanna Tadevosyan has been selected as one of the two winners (the other winner is from Canada) of: UNESCO Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah International Prize for contribution in promotion of inclusive quality education for persons with disabilities.
Advocacy training for CNC members took place from 22-24 January, 2014, in Tbilisi (Georgia). Representatives of the following organizations took part in the training: Sintem (Russia), Bridge of Hope (Armenia), Society Biliki (Georgia), BUTA (Azerbaijan), Orran (Armenia), Association of Teachers of Ingushetia (Russia). Training was hosted by the association Civic Development Institute.
On January 22-24, 2014, representatives of the CNC member organizations took part in the advocacy training to refresh their knowledge on the topic of advocacy. They discussed new tools and gained new skills necessary for carrying out advocacy actions in the field of inclusive education.
On June-December 2013, a variety of advocacy actions under the slogan “Give Every Child education, Give Every Child a Chance” were carried out by the CNC members in the region of North and South Caucasus.
For further information, please go to CNC Advocacy Campaign
On December 11-13, 2013, representatives of the CNC member organizations gathered for their annual meeting in Istanbul. The CNC General Assembly was the venue to reflect on the experience of the first year of the CNC existence, present information about accomplishments, concerns, and lessons learnt.
In Summer 2013 the first regional CNC summer camp took place in Ureki, Georgia. The event brought together 60 children and 40 trainers/facilitators from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and the Russian Federation.
From November 25th to 28th, 2013, the CNC Board meeting took place in Vienna.