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Promoting Integration, Tolerance and Awareness Program (PITA) in Georgia
Project implementation period: 2015-2020
Goal of the project: The project includes a variety of activities to strengthen national integration in Georgia. In particular: enhancing interaction between minorities and the Government of Georgia; functioning youth Civic Centers on the basis of non-governmental organizations; strengthen non-governmental organizations to lead civic engagement and diversity management issues; supporting educational, exchange and other programs to deepen relationship between young people from different regions, using regional and national media resources to raise awareness of society and encourage national discussions.
Direct beneficiaries age group 18-25. Activities include: Renewing work of Youth Centers, mini-grants for youth, local civil activism by young people, annual meetings and conferences, regional exchange programs, orientation trainings for employment, cooperation with private sectors and academy, trainings and seminars, simulations, youth campaigns.
At this moment, more than 1000 youngsters from 18 to 25 ages old are involved in PITA’s youth component. Under the umbrella of youth component 14 youth centers are operation throughout the whole Georgia: two in Tbilisi (on the basis of Ilia State University and Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University) and per in the following cities: Kutaisi, Zugdidi, Ozurgeti, Batumi, Gori, Telavi, Dmanisi, Gardabani, Marneuli, Ninotsminda, Akhalkalaki, Akhaltsikhe.
There are sub-clubs established in the youth centers with the following topics: human rights, gender equality, a healthy life, the environment, education, culture and diversity, research and advocacy, volunteerism.
Beneficiaries of the project:
Minorities, youth of diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds.
United Nations Association of Georgia (UNAG) (საქართველოს გაეროს ასოციაცია (UNAG)) and Local partner organization in the City of Gori: Welfare and Development Center (კეთილდღეობისა და განვითარების ცენტრი)