The Centre for Civil Integration and Inter-Ethnic Relations (CCIIR) was established in 2005 to work on the needs and demands existing in education system of Georgia. The main goal of the organisation is to support the integration and re-integration process of ethnic minority populations of Georgia through empowerment, advocacy, capacity building and education interventions enabling them to be equal participants of social, cultural, political and economic life of the country.
The diverse and multilevel approach includes the development of teaching, learning and methodological resources, university programmes and courses, training courses and workshops for teachers and educators, mobilising local populations, and running awareness raising campaigns, study tours and exchange programs.
The programmes and priority issues that CCIIR address are: multilingual and multicultural educational projects, policy study and analysis, teachers' education, higher education programmes, youth development, literacy and bi-literacy.
Some of the key projects recently implemented by CCIIR:
Capacity Building of Education in Western Georgia
This project was funded by OSCE HCNM. The project aimed at professional development of teachers from Western Georgia. A training programme and training materials were developed in the framework of the project. 22 teachers from Western Georgia, who work with vulnerable youth population received 2-day training on interactive teaching methods.
Preservation of Abkhazian Language by Abkhaz and Georgians (PALAG)
This project is one of the currently ongoing projects that is funded by USAID and implemented since September 2015 by the organisation in cooperation with Abkhaz, national and international partners. The main goal of the project is to rebuild confidence and revitalise respect between the Abkhaz and Georgian peoples while supporting the endangered Abkhaz language, literacy development in Abkhaz language, development of common values in Georgian and Abkhaz youth, development cooperation between Georgian and Abkhaz writers, linguists, teachers and school students, which are equally important for both conflict-affected sides.
The project will move forward:
- To support the cooperation of Georgian and Abkhaz academics and linguists for the preservation and development of Abkhaz language.
- To develop computer software and linguistic tool “Abkhaz Language Corpus Analyst”.
- To develop reading texts on living values. A total of 26 value-based reading texts will be selected (13 reading texts from Georgian youth and 13 from Abkhaz). The selected value based reading texts will be translated from Abkhaz into Georgian and vice-versa. Based on the developed reading texts a Georgian-Abkhaz online dictionary and websites will be developed as well as websites (www.ablingua.ge and www.ablingua.org) and all materials will be uploaded on the websites.
- To organise summer school for young leaders on key values in their life. Young people will experience rich inter-cultural events, will have a chance to communicate with each-other and destroy the stereotypes about the image of enemies. The summer camp will last 13 days (each day will be dedicated to each living value) which makes possible to set long-term friendly relations between the youth and promise a continuum for cooperation.
Promoting Integration, Tolerance and Awareness in Georgia (PITA)
PITA is a 5 year project funded by UNAG and USAID. Partners include 11 NGOs and 14 Youth Centres in 13 cities of Georgia. CCIIR has been working on the following components for PITA program:
- Component 1: Development of strategic and administrative tools.
- Component 2: Research and development.
- Component 3: Professional development of faculty members and administrative staff of the programme.
- Component 4: Youth Component – Establishment of TSU YOUTH CENTER.
Development of Bilingual Literacy in Minority Schools of Georgia
Funded by USAID, World Vision, and Australian AID, the idea of the project was to improve reading literacy in the native language of ethnic minority students of Samtskhe-Javakheti and Kvemo Kartli as well as enhance state language command.
- Supplying teachers and students with sufficient teaching and learning materials; Development, printing and dissemination bilingual levelled textbooks of "Reading Ladder" (total 416 books).
- In order to use technology in teaching/learning process CCIIR has developed a website (reading.ge) with instructional materials for bilingual levelled reading texts. The innovative computer software was developed based on levelled texts for primary grades students of non-Georgian schools.
- Capacity building of ethnic minority schools through teachers professional development. Total of 433 primary school teacher (Minority Language/Reading Teacher) of 216 minority schools participated in the program and had an opportunity for professional development.
Go and Participate
Tis project was funded by USIAD and IFES. The project aimed at raising civil awareness among young ethnic minorities and supporting their engagement in public life.
Project participants were ethnic minority students who entered university in 2010-2011 as a result of higher education policy. From among 600 students 30 leaders were chosen, who were trained to plan and implement civil activities/projects.
Within the framework of the project CCIIR has developed and published – “Go and Participate”- a guide for young people. The guide is an important recourse in Georgian language for non native as well as for native speaker young people, who are active citizens in their communities. The guide presents practical samples as well as provides young and active citizens with useful materials about local and international organizations, who work with youth. The presented materials help young people to plan their future with collaboration to the different kind of organisations.
Development of an International Model for Curricular Reform in Multicultural Education and Cultural Diversity Training (DOIT)
Funded by TEMPUS program and the European Commission, this project aimed to enhance the quality of educational programs for promoting multicultural education, human and children’s rights and cultural diversity through a multi-faceted programme that would bring about curriculum reform in its partners' Higher Educational Institutions in Israel and in Georgia.
- Design and piloting of courses for BA, MA students and in-service teachers;
- Workshops for faculty;
- A programme extra-curricular classroom activities for students aimed to promote positive inter-cultural relations, and a portal that facilitated joint work and dissemination.
Last updated: August 2016