On October 4, the Samtskhe-Javakheti Youth Forum was held in the town of Akhaltsikhe, Georgia, to support the coordinated work necessary for youth development and effective implementation of youth policy in the region. The forum was organised by Akhaltsikhe Municipality together with international non-governmental organisation World Vision Georgia in the framework of the EU4Youth programme.
The Youth Forum provided a platform for all youth organisations in the region to share their experience, bringing together dozens of young people to enhance their participation in society and help them overcome the challenges faced by youth.
The event was attended by the leadership of the Regional Governor's Office and all six municipalities, youth organisations and educational institutions working in the region, the leadership of the Prime Minister's Youth Agency and the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure, and representatives of the Committee on Sport and Youth Affairs of the Parliament of Georgia.
The goals of Samtskhe- Javakheti Youth Forum were to:
1. Promote youth activities at the regional level;
2. Facilitate the sharing of experience among youth working in the Samtskhe-Javakheti region;
3. Enhance cooperation between central government and local authorities in youth policy;
4. Support inter-sectoral dialogue.
The EU4Youth – SAY YES Skills for Jobs project aims to contribute to jobs and self-employment among young women and men aged between 15 and 35 in Armenia and Georgia, particularly those with fewer opportunities and from vulnerable groups, by carrying out a series of activities focused on education and training, advocacy and youth work. It is implemented in Georgia by World Vision Georgia.