Cooperation of Estonian and Georgian experts- Preventing violence in schools and promoting female entrepreneurship

Development cooperation project: “Cooperation between Estonian and Georgian NGOs - the sharing of Estonian experience in protecting children and supporting female entrepreneurship in the autonomous republic of Adjara”.
 
In August 2019, the second development cooperation project carried out by ENUT in Adjara will be completed. The aim of the project was to highlight the problem of school violence and to offer rural women entrepreneurs training in business. 
 
Psychotherapist Merit Lage conducted six training sessions in Adjara and shared experience/info collected in Estonia on how to build up bullying free school environment. As a result of the trainings, the network of school leaders, teachers and municipal officials was strengthened and they continue to detect and prevent bullying. 
 
The bullying preventing information centers were opened in four municipalities: Adjara- Kobuleti, Shuakhevi, Khulo and Batumi, where newsletters on the topic of “No Bullying” are now available for teachers, parents and students. 
 
In the business training courses organized by Estonian experts for women in rural areas in Adjara were introduced how to prepare sustainable business plan, methods of success teams, and mentoring. The meeting took place in Batumi, with the help of representatives of Association of Women Entrepreneurs in Batumi. Georgian languages materials were distributed that give advice to amateur entrepreneurs.
 
In May, there was a study trip for seven Georgian colleagues. They were briefed on the various models for the prevention of school violence (KiVa program) which have shown positive results in Estonia, the rehabilitation centre of children with special needs (Laagna Elementary School) and the program “Caring Class”. Meeting with the Saue municipal covernment and the Estonian Centre of Eastern Partnership were also held, where Georgian colleagues learned about cooperation of the local government, educational institutions, and women’s involvement in entrepreneurship in Estonia. Mainor Business School introduced various education programs that are offered to students, and then moved onto the e-Estonia Briefing Centre to hear the success story of e-Estonia. The day was concluded at the International House of Estonia, where the guests were informed on its services for foreigners moving to Estonia.