DVV International Grant Program Innovation in Adult Education 2016
DVV International is implementing the Grant Program “Innovation in Adult Education” since 2013. The aim of the grant program is to support local organizations with innovative approaches in Adult non-formal Education. Annually the four most successful projects are selected among the applicants. Though the projects are small-scale, they make changes within the communities, create more opportunities for the beneficiaries and improve the quality of their lives.
The following projects were selected in 2016:
Gender and Early Marriage
The local NGO Alliance for Social Development aims at promoting gender equality with the project “Gender and Early Marriage.” Two-day trainings by professional trainers are conducted with seven groups in the Kvemo Kartli region and in Tbilisi.. The main topics of the trainings are domestic violence and early marriage – the two widespread problems in Georgia. Ethnic minorities among which the problem is the most severe are the focus group of the project too. The project will have around 120 direct beneficiaries who will later spread the information further to their community members. Two trainings have already been conducted in Tbilisi, five more are planned during the summer. Forum Theatre, Drama-in-Education (DIE); Theatre–in-Education (TIE); Live-Action Role Play (LARP), Playback Theatre as proven innovative tools are facilitating the learning process and make its outcomes applicable. These methods stimulate the beneficiaries’ active involvement and their reflection in sensitive and complex issues such as human relations, feelings and emotions, pain and happiness.
Increase Visually Impaired People's Accessibility to Adult and Non-formal Education
The involvement of visually impaired people in non-formal Adult Education is a challenge in Georgia. Trainers do not know how to integrate blind and partially sighted people in the training program, there is no guideline in Georgian language for them; people with visual disabilities refuse to participate in the activities since the program is not adjusted to their needs. In order to address these problems the organization “Mariani” plans to create a trainer’s guideline, which will combine practical activities and examples of inclusion of blind and partially sighted persons in the activities of non-formal adult education. Besides, a training module will be created and a appropriate training of trainers will take place. The guideline will be distributed among the youth organizations and all interested persons in electronic format for free. The above-mentioned project will support the creation of an inclusive environment for Lifelong Learning for visually impaired persons; it will simplify the planning and the implementation of Lifelong Learning for adult education experts; the fear and frustration caused by the lack of knowledge and skills to work with visually impaired persons will be minimized.
The guideline is available on the following link: /sites/dvv-georgia.oa-aktuell.com/files/guideline.pdf
Filled with Theatre Spirit
The organization “Studio 99” plans to make a documentary film about Lifelong Learning among the actors of the Lagodekhi Public Theatre. The artists despite of difficult conditions and poor equipment continue performing, learning and developing. The documentary will be an illustration of theatre's daily life: rehearsals, performances, premieres. It will feature the actors, within and outside the theatre and illustrate the power of arts which unites people of different age and social conditions and diversifies their village lives.
Training and Employment of Geodesists
An increased interest in the construction industry in Georgia created a demand for professional staff in this field. The aim of Education and Employment Center’s new project is to train 10 persons in land measuring. Intensive training courses will be held 6 times per week and will last for four months. The courses are constituted of both: theoretical and practical teachings. During the theoretical courses the trainees will learn the following computer programs: ARCHICAD, ARCHSIS, AUTOCAD LAND DESC, AUTOCAD CIVIL 3D, PHOTOSHOP. As for the practical course, the course participants will work in the field and make small land drawings. After the accomplishment of the project, successful project participants will be employed by the partner organization.