UNICEF continues to support parents in providing better care for their children amid the COVID-19 pandemic
TBILISI, Georgia, 11 January 2021 – Parents are improving their communication with children affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as a result of the ongoing initiative carried out by UNICEF, with support from USAID.
The project will continue to provide the parents of children of all ages with specific recommendations on how to negotiate different issues with children using positive communication and to strengthen parents’ ability to support their children’s online schooling.
The project, implemented in partnership with the organization Parents for Education, will engage experienced professionals to advise parents on how to reduce conflict situations with children and resolve the challenges of isolation through dialogue. This includes issues related to managing time and space effectively and increasing children’s motivation to study.
"We are happy to continue our strong partnership with USAID and provide parents with specific recommendations on how to help their children to cope with the challenges related to the pandemic." - Ghassan Khalil
“COVID-19 has upended life for children and families around the world,” said Ghassan Khalil, UNICEF Representative in Georgia. “School closures and other social distancing measures have disrupted daily routines, threatening children’s ability to play and learn, and placed additional stressors on parents. From the onset of the pandemic, UNICEF has launched a number of initiatives to support parents, and we are happy to continue our strong partnership with USAID and provide parents with specific recommendations on how to help their children to cope with the challenges related to the pandemic,” added Khalil.
"We will provide parents with additional knowledge and tools for navigating with their children the difficult conditions created by the pandemic." - Adam Schmidt
“USAID has responded rapidly to the pandemic in Georgia,” said Adam Schmidt, Director of USAID/Georgia’s Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance Office. “Through our partnership with UNICEF, we have provided direct assistance to public institutions and kindergartens around the country. Through this initiative with Parents for Education, we will provide parents with additional knowledge and tools for navigating with their children the difficult conditions created by the pandemic.”
Online live webinars with prominent child psychologists and educators will give parents the opportunity to receive advice on negotiation skills as well as responses to their specific questions.
Social media content, explainers, and short video blogs will be available as information sources for those parents who cannot attend live webinars but are still keen on receiving information on parenthood challenges and solutions to their problems. Quizzes will assist parents in learning about positive parenting.
In August 2020, with support from UNICEF, Parents for Education started the first phase of the project to help parents improve communication with their children overwrought by the restrictions caused by the pandemic. Within four months of the project’s debut, more than 200,000 parents from across Georgia improved communication with children and learned how to keep their children safe online.
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/