The official opening ceremony of the Kaspi ALE center was held on December 20, 2022, in the Kaspi municipality (Shida Kartli region). The center was established with the support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in close cooperation with the Kaspi municipality.
DVV International Georgia has been engaged in the establishment of Adult Education centers in Georgia since 2006. The centers are based on the experience and methodology of German volkshochschule (VHS) adopted to Georgian reality and the population's needs in lifelong opportunities and constant development. For the moment, Adult Education centers are successfully functioning in Akhaltsikhe, Akhalkalaki, Koda, Shaumiani, Senaki, Jvari, Leliani, Keda, Chokhatauri, Ambrolauri, Kharagauli, Khoni, and Bolnisi providing diverse educational programs and activities which increase the quality of life of residents and contribute to increased employment and improved social and psychological atmosphere in the communities. Community-based AE centers are flexible and respond quickly to changing needs and new demands of individuals and society in the era of globalisation, digitalisation, demographic changes, and ongoing technological development. Based on a holistic understanding of Adult Education, the centers offer a multicomponent Adult Learning Package (ALP), including Personal Development Program; Vocational Education; Cultural Education; Civic Education; Financial Literacy; Youth, Sports, and Health Education. From 2006-2022 the centers reached over 200 000 beneficiaries.
Kaspi ALE center is the 14th institution DVV International Georgia Country Office established.
The opening ceremony was attended by Ms. Sarah Zielonka, First Secretary and the Head of Economic and Press Affairs at the German Embassy to Georgia; Ms. Tamar Kitiashvili, Head of the Skills Agency; Mr. Vakhtang Maisuradze, Mayor of Kaspi Municipality, Georgian Adult Education Network (GAEN), representatives of international and local CSOs and Kaspi community members. The guests could visit spaces intended for the workshops and courses in IT, sewing, culinary, pottery painting, and foreign languages.
In her speech, Ms. Zielonka stressed the role of Adult Education in Georgia and thanked DVV International for its efforts. She also mentioned the importance of Adult Education in the development of Georgia and its way to joining the European Union. Doctor Thomas Lichtenberg, DVV International Regional Director for the Caucasus and South-East Europe, highlighted the significance of opening the Kaspi ALE center and wished success for it. Kaspi Municipality Mayor, Mr. Maisuradze, thanked DVV International for opening the center in Kaspi, and he expressed his readiness to support the center's activities and for future cooperation.
Local media covered the opening ceremony of the Kaspi AEC.