Spring seminars of Diversity School 2017 are finished

Spring seminars of Diversity School 2017 are finished

29/12/17 Iris Group news /
Spring seminars of the Diversity School 2017 are finished. The seminar gathered 50 participants from different regions of Georgia in a very beautiful mountainous resort Sairme. The first stage of the program was covered with two separate meetings of 25 participants. First one held on May 6-14 and second one on May 20-28. During these eight active working days with trainers participants discussed and got more information about various topics, such as identity, diversity and civic activism.

“Till the program I had not ethnic Georgian friends, but now I’ve got so many of them and I’m happy with this “diversity” that I have. I started thinking differently about various topics. It really was one huge step towards my goals.
Also, before the school I had not much information about ethnic or other minorities. But now I feel like I know so much about this topic; I also learnt what does identity mean, realize that I’m important not only for my community, but also for my country and for the world too,” Tsovinar Hakhverdian, Diversity School program participant. 

The participants also worked on their own ideas and developed social-type of initiatives. The initiatives are still to be improved and will get final shape of projects on the next meeting, Project Management Seminar, which will be held in July.
In addition, they have already written project proposals and overall, 21 applications are received for granting by Iris Group. Jury consisted of coordinators and facilitators has already started reviewing process. Chosen project groups and participants will be invited at the next meeting.

“First of all, I learnt thinking… thinking from different perspective. I evaluated myself, my values and priorities; improve skills of effective communication and team-working. Once again I reanalyzed problems and values of my society. I deemed myself as a citizen and a human more deeply now.
We had amazing  energizers  and seminar format. We also worked on our project ideas.
My project group’s aim is to raise awareness of the teenage girls. I am from Sagarejo and it is crucial issue there. So I feel great responsibility to make my project the best.
I feel that I’m part of the big family, feel like I was in the fairy tale. Every day, every second of this tale was full of warmness. I miss every day from there that will never come back but soon will repeat”, Magda Saginashvili, Diversity School program Participant.



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