On 15 September, NIMD Georgia celebrated the International Day of Democracy with the official launch of a Democracy School at the Telavi State University. For this special occasion, the first lecture was given by Levan Tsutskiridze, NIMD Representative in Georgia, who spoke about the history of modern democracy.
The target group of this educational programme consists of local government, media, NGO and political party representatives, as well as students. They will undergo an extensive 6-month training in theoretical and applied skills. The subjects cover a wide range, from project management to local self-government; and from advocacy to democratic systems of government and human rights.
The Telavi Democracy School capitalizes on NIMD’s experience across the globe in supporting active citizens by equipping them with tools to perform better and contribute to an integral and democratic society.
Lessons learnt from this programme are used by NIMD to further expand the project into other regions of Georgia - an effort aiming at building a thriving network of local democracy hubs with the constant turnover of hundreds of beneficiaries.
In the course of the programme, the school graduates are expected to hatch their own community initiatives which NIMD will seek to support together with an expanding network of alumni and stakeholders.
Inspired by the successful launch of the project in Telavi, NIMD Georgia plans to open a second Democracy School in the town of Kutaisi in the beginning of 2012.