Building democratic societies through schools
Moving towards democracy in society through democracy at school – that is the idea guiding the ongoing project “School of democracy”, implemented by Kropyvnytsky regional center of youth and children's creativity in Ukraine together with the school Batumi Ganatleba in Georgia.
The project started after the 2015 Summer Academy in Poland and continued throughout the academic year. During the project’s various stages, students, teachers, parents and representatives from local authorities learned more about human rights and raised awareness of duties and responsibilities that every human being has in a democratic society.
The project’s organizers, students and teachers from Kropyvnytsky (previously Kirovograd) in Ukraine paid a visit to their partners in Batumi, Georgia, following a visit from Georgia to the school in Kropyvnytsky a few months earlier. Ukrainian and Georgian youth took part in a training on human rights led by the 2015 Summer Academy alumni Ms Lili Koridze (Georgia) and Ms Olena Arutiunian (Ukraine).
The students from the two countries arranged an intercultural evening with support from Ganatleba principal Ms Ketevan Goshkheteliani and a parent council representative Ms Ana Esadze. A joint sightseeing tour to historical places and a introduction to Georgian culture and cuisine made the Ukrainian team realize that the two countries have a lot in common.
The aim of the training was to underline that it is up to young active citizens to transform the present status quo and build a better future based on democratic principles, rule of law and intercultural dialogue.
Plans for further cooperation were discussed during the meeting as well. Both of the educational institutions plan to continue their work in promoting Education for Democratic Citizenship, Human Rights Education, and Intercultural Understanding.