The Parliament of Georgia is launching an educational campaign to teach young citizens about parliamentary democracy, prepared with the support of the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The new educational initiative, ‘What do we know about parliament?’, offers fifth-, sixth- and seventh graders a possibility to learn in an attractive way about the roles, functions, and history of the Georgian Parliament. It also introduces tools and mechanisms that citizens can use to engage in parliamentary work.
The new educational module contains colourful textbooks for children and detailed guidebooks for teachers. In the upcoming academic year, the Ministry of Education and Science will pilot the module in 50 public schools, reaching around 3,000 students in Tbilisi and the Kakheti, Kvemo Kartli, Mtskheta-Mtianeti and Shida Kartli regions of eastern Georgia.
“The EU remains a strong partner of Georgia in building parliamentary democracy,” EU Ambassador to Georgia Carl Hartzell said. “Citizen engagement, which starts with awareness and information, is one of the cornerstones of democratic development. The new educational initiative by the Parliament aims to promote civic education and bring Parliament closer to youth.”
The EU and UNDP are supporting civic education at schools as part of their broader programme ‘Consolidating Parliamentary Democracy in Georgia’, to assist Georgia to consolidate its democratic gains and to build the institutional development of the Georgian Parliament.
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