EU-funded project strengthening Georgia's schools in fighting child abuse sums up successes in a conference

EU-funded project strengthening Georgia's schools in fighting child abuse sums up successes in a conference

On Tuesday 24 May at 10:00 a closing conference of EU-funded project “Safe School, Safe Childhood” will take place at the Hotel Courtyard Marriott in Tbilisi. The event will be opened with welcome speeches by Ms Lia Saralidze, Executive Director of the Public Health Foundation of Georgia, Mr. Stephen Stork, Deputy Head of the Operations Section at the EU Delegation to Georgia, and Maia Gedevanishvili, Head of Child Rights Center in the Office of Public Defender of Georgia.

This EU-funded project aimed to equip Georgian schools with better instruments to protect children from violence and was implemented by the Public Health Foundation of Georgia in partnership with Defense for Children International Netherlands (DCI-ECPAT NL) and Children Support Center Lithuania (PVC).
During the project, an educational program “I am learning, thinking and acting – child protection and safety lessons” was elaborated, along with a child protection policy and procedures for schools. The Educational program and procedures were piloted in three partner schools.

Children, also their parents contributed greatly to the educational program and child protection policy and procedures. The project has important local partners and supporters: Tbilisi Public School #123, Batumi Public School #2, Batumi private school “Gorda”, Office of Resource Officers of Educational Institutions, Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of Adjara Autonomous Republic, Social Service Agency and its Adjara branch, Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University. 

Conference venue and date: May 24, 2016, 10:00 am– 16:00 pm. Venue: Hotel “Courtyard Marriot”, Freedom square 4, Tbilisi, Georgia 

Event organizer: Public Health Foundation of Georgia. Address: 4, Edisher Magalashvili Street; Apt. 1; Tbilisi 0186, Georgia. Tel: (032) 2 421 422;

Contact persons: Lia Saralidze, Executive Director (e-mail: l_saralidze@phmdf.ge) and Davit Khuchua, Project Coordinator (e-mail: d_khuchua@phmdf.ge)

 

“Safe School, Safe Childhood”
school’s role in safeguarding children from abuse

May 24, 2016
10:00 -16:00
Agenda
 
10:00 -10:30                                                                          

Registration

10:30 -11:00

Opening remarks


- Lia Saralidze, Executive Director, Public Health Foundation of Georgia
- Dr. Stephen Stork, Deputy Head of the Operations Section at the EU Delegation to Georgia
- Maia Gedevanishvili, Head of Child Rights Center, Office of Public Defender of Georgia
- Lia Gigauri, Ministry of Education and Science, Deputy Minister
- Pier Ferry, Chief of Child Protection, UNICEF Georgia
- Mari Tsereteli, Head of Guardianship, Custody and Social Programs Department of LEPL Social Service Agency
- Ausra Kuriene, clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, Director and founder of NGO Children Support Center in Vilnius, Lithuania.
- Myra ter Meulen, expert in youth care and child protection, DCI-ECPAT NL

11:00 – 12:30          

- Experience, results and recommendation of the project “Safe School, Safe Childhood” – Lia Saralidze, Ketevan Tavartkiladze, Natalia Mchedlishvili, Ketevan Margalitadze, Davit Khuchua, Rati Tsintsadze (PHF)

- Schools role in child abuse prevention – Tamar Losaberidze, Director of the #123 Public School and Tamta Katamadze, Deputy Director of Batumi Public School #2,

- “What we Learned” - child participation session– Public School #123, Tbilisi

Discussion

12:30 – 13:00 Coffee/tea break
13:00 – 15:00 Presentations:
- Safe School experience in Lithuania - Ausra Kuriene, Children Support Center Lithuania

- School’s role and multi - sectoral collaboration for prevention of child abuse in NL - Myra ter Meulen, expert in youth care and child protection, DCI-ECPAT NL

- Importance of multi-sectoral collaboration to protect children from abuse - Mari Tsereteli, Head of Guardianship, Custody and Social Programs Department of LEPL Social Service Agency

Discussion
National Curriculum and child protection issues at schools; Role of Mandatory service; Recommendations for implementation of child protection policy and procedures in schools.
15:00 -16:00 Concluding remarks and Dinner

 

Conference venue and date: May 24, 2016, 10:00 am– 16:00 pm. Venue: Hotel “Courtyard Marriot”, Freedom square 4, Tbilisi, Georgia

Event organizer: Public Health Foundation of Georgia. Address: 4, Edisher Magalashvili Street; Apt. 1; Tbilisi 0186, Georgia. Tel: (032) 2 421 422;

Contact persons: Lia Saralidze, Executive Director (e-mail: l_saralidze@phmdf.ge) and Davit Khuchua, Project Coordinator (e-mail: d_khuchua@phmdf.ge)

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