On April 24, DVV International Georgia opened a new Adult Education Center in Kharagauli Municipality of the Imereti Region.
This is already the 11th Adult Education Center established by DVV International Georgia since 2006 when the project commenced. The centers are actively engaged in the life of the communities they are located in and annually, on average 20000 people receive different educational services supported by DVVI, international donors, and local self-governments (e.g. number of beneficiaries in 2018 reached 24000).
The opening ceremony started with the speech of the Honorable Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Georgia, his Excellency Hubert Knirsch who visited Kharagauli specifically for this event. “Georgia and Germany cooperate in many fields including culture, economics, and education and I am extremely pleased that we have yet another example of such cooperation in Kharagauli,” - said Ambassador Knirsch. “This opening is of huge importance for the locals, as well as, for the development of the region itself. Such relations are important to Germany as well, since here we make new friends, establish new relations and form new stages of cooperation. I have seen how such centers established in Georgia by DVV International are functioning and I know that they will significantly benefit the local inhabitants. Students of these centers will acquire the knowledge they need. Such educational centers have a long tradition in Germany where the 100th anniversary of the establishment of learning centers was marked. The idea behind that was to have good schools, good universities, and public education centers throughout the country to serve the citizens,” - the Ambassador noted.
DVV international Regional Director for the Caucasus, Turkey, and South-East Europe, Mrs. Maja Avramovska, Country Director of DVV International Georgia, Mrs. Lali Santeladze, and Mayor of Kharagauli Municipality, Mr. Nikoloz Topuridze also welcomed the audience. They underlined the importance of supporting the concept of Lifelong Learning and education for people of all ages. It was noted that AE centers in Georgia shall play an important role in the development of local communities and the whole country, similar to Volkshohschulen (VHS) in Germany.
The guests pledged continuing support to Kharagauli AEC, as well as to the other AE institutions established by DVV International in Georgia.
The opening was widely reflected in different media including radio, TV, newspapers, and social media: