A new partnership initiative to support young people during COVID-19 launched in Georgia
Tbilisi, 15 May 2020. Young people will benefit from additional activities and programmes aimed at adolescent development and engagement thanks to the new partnership between the Kant Academy and UNICEF Georgia.
A Memorandum of Cooperation was signed today by the Kant Academy, a leading non-formal education platform for adolescents, and UNICEF Georgia. The partnership aims to build the resilience of adolescents in coping with challenges, especially with the emerging needs during the COVID-19 pandemic and will focus on improving their knowledge-base and transferrable skills, as well as promoting a healthy lifestyle.
"We aim to create new opportunities for young people for them to stay active, to learn new skills." - Ghassan Khalil
“The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the daily realities of young people, depriving them of their participation in social and educational endeavours, causing a great deal of uncertainty. By signing this memorandum, together with our partner, we aim to create new opportunities for young people for them to stay active, to learn new skills, to find new platforms for their development and for enhanced awareness, and find ways of overcoming the challenges stemming from the COVID-19 crisis,” said Ghassan Khalil, UNICEF Representative in Georgia.
As part of the partnership, to understand the current needs in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, consultations with young people will be initiated. Based on these needs, modules will be developed for adolescents’ personal and professional development. In addition, more than 40 online events will be organized with the aim of establishing online networks among adolescents, enabling them to talk about their concerns, and to share their experiences with one another. The partnership includes organization of online trainings for young people and support for peer-to-peer education.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org/georgia/