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‘Young European Ambassadors’ Reach out to Georgian Youth

Between 26 February and 2 March, 27 ‘Young European Ambassadors’ (YEAs) from Georgia and the EU are participating in a series of activities aimed at engaging with the country’s youth on the EU’s partnership with Georgia.

Organised in cooperation with the Delegation of European Union to Georgia, the activities will include a visit to a school in the Tserovani Internally Displaced People (IDP) settlement and Tbilisi State University to discuss issues relevant to young people such as EU-Georgia partnership and cooperation, shared values, culture and opportunities offered by the European Union to Georgian youth.

YEAs will share personal experiences with high school pupils and university students to better understand the European Union, its history, shared values and structures and the opportunities it offers to young people in Georgia. As many of the YEAs are themselves beneficiaries of EU-funded programmes, including Erasmus+ and EVS, students will get the chance to ask them questions and exchange views directly in a friendly and informal setting in English and Georgian. Each presentation is followed by a short EU quiz during which pupils and students get to test their knowledge.

The YEAs are also to meet with officials from the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations and the European External Action Service to exchange information on the EU-Georgia partnership and promote young people’s engagement in outreach and civic actions.

Being a Young European Ambassador from Georgia is a huge opportunity,” said YEA Geno Kutashvili. “Sharing information about the EU and its amazing programmes is important and valuable, especially in Tserovani IDP settlement, because the EU is the key to freedom and a chance for development.”

The YEAs will also meet with local youth partners including the Erasmus+ National Office, the Erasmus Student Network, the Young Diplomats’ Club of Georgia, the Europe-Georgia Institute and the Caucasus Youth Nexus to exchange ideas and best practices on youth activities in Georgia.

The ‘Young European Ambassadors’ have engaged in similar dialogue driven activities in Moldova in November 2016 and 2017, Armenia in May 2017 and Azerbaijan in September 2017 where they had the opportunity to conduct interactive learning sessions about the EU and its relations with the Eastern Partner countries aimed at high school pupils, university students and youth organisations. This is the first of many such dialogue-driven activities to be organised in Georgia.

The ‘Young European Neighbours’ youth network was launched in June 2016 by the ‘EU NEIGHBOURS east’ project. It focuses on strengthening cooperation between young people aged 15-25 and youth organisations from the EU and Eastern Partner countries. The network serves as a communication platform to facilitate the mutual exchange of ideas, information and experience related to the EU, as well as to promote youth engagement in social actions. Following two open calls for applications, over 200 young people from the EU Member States and the Eastern Partner countries have been selected to act as ‘Young European Ambassadors’. A new wave of applications will open in summer 2018.

 

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