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Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) has opened second edition of the Emerging Leaders School (# ELS2021). The opening ceremony was held online at all four target locations – Kutaisi, Zugdidi (December 12), Tbilisi and Gori (December 19).
Just like in 2020, the Emerging Leaders School 2021 unites 120 young, active professionals from different fields from Tbilisi and the regions of Georgia – Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, Shida Kartli, Mtskheta-Mtianeti, Imereti, Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti.
During next 6 months, they will attend trainings on a variety of topics in an interactive format and participate in groups working on social-political issues.
On the online opening ceremony participants were greeted by Renata Skardžiūtė-Kereselidze, the Deputy Director of GIP, Khatuna Kunchulia, representative of USAID Office for Democracy, Human Rights and Governance and Joseph Larsen, Senior Development Outreach Advisor, as well as the regional coordinators of the project -Marika Vacharadze (Kutaisi), Eka Minjoraia (Zugdidi) and Nino Dalakishvili (Gori).
Upon completion of the opening ceremony, a series of trainings began in ELS. The topics of the first training session were:
- Involvement of Young People in Democratic Processes – Levan Tsutskiridze, trainer
- Civil Society – Essence and Necessity – David Aprasidze, trainer.
The initiative – Emerging Leaders School (ELS) is being implemented within the framework of the project “Promoting Youth Transformational Leaders in Georgia” by Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) with the financial support of USAID/Georgia and in partnership with CRRC Georgia. The project aims at raising youth awareness on political processes and democratization as well as developing their leadership skills and enhancing their participation and representation in public life.
Trainings in ELS will continue in online format for now. The format will be adjusted according to the epidemic situation and the consequent regulations in the country.