Adolescence

The Issue

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The Issue

© UNICEF/GEO-2004/00339/Giacomo Pirozzi
Young participant of the football tournament among schoolchildren, Chiatura, Georgia

Many adolescents, whose parents are overwhelmed with the task of basic survival, are left to cope on their own, exposing them to threats of crime, violence, abuse, and drug and alcohol addiction.  Social services to help young people navigate these realities are largely absent. 

Although Georgia’s transitional period has opened new doors and has created new opportunities for young people, in reality, young people have minimal opportunities to realise their potential in life. 

Children in Georgia have limited opportunities to participate in decision-making processes. Children’s confidence in their ability to improve their communities—and their willingness to put forth the effort required — are low.

Sport programmes and recreation facilities are largely neglected, especially in remote areas of Georgia where children lack basic equipment and facilities to enjoy sport activities.

 

 
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