At the center of the project „Speaking of Myself – Empowerment and Networking for Better Inclusion across Regions“ is the empowerment of vulnerable children and their families in several regions of Georgia and Armenia.
One of the first common projects of the Caucasus Network for Children (CNC) has come to an end: CHILD – Community Helping Inclusive Learning and Development – was successfully implemented by the CNC organizations Bridge of Hope and Orran in Armenia and the Georgian partners Union Beryllus and Liberta, who are affiliated members of the Network. The CNC partner in Georgia, the Civic Development Institute, was responsible for organizing the first advocacy conference on the topic of inclusion on regional level. The Austrian NGO Interkulturelles Zentrum was in charge of the overall project coordination.
End of October Kvareli lake in the Eastern part of Georgia is a quiet place. However, this year it was different. Around 40 experts and practitioners in the field of inclusive education from all over the Caucasus gathered on Monday, 27 October to advocate for better inclusion of disadvantaged children and youth in education in the Caucasus region.
CHILD – Community Helping Inclusive Learning and Development - is a project funded by the Foundation Open Society Institute (FOSI) and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) in cooperation with The Austrian NGO Interkulturelles Zentrum (IZ). The two year project started in mid 2013. Its mission is to promote access to and mainstream inclusive services and settings for children and families from different ethnic backgrounds suffering from post-conflict trauma, poverty, disability, and/or difficult family situations.