A Legacy of Education: Alumna Builds School in the Republic of Georgia

Ms. Nanuli Didmanidze, director of the Kakhaberi Public School in the Republic of Georgia supervises the construction of a brick masonry addition to her secondary school. This addition was inspired by visits to vocational schools during her participation in Legacy’s Community Connections program for Community Empowerment and Rural School Administration in the Republic of Georgia.

A leader in education reform in rural Georgia, Nanuli was particularly impressed with her visit to the Burton Center for Arts and Technology in Roanoke, Virginia.   She decided to duplicate this model in her school, as the idea of vocational education is a new concept for her region.

Educational reformers in Georgia are prioritizing the decentralization of secondary schools. As part of this process, schools around Georgia now have independently elected school boards and directors. Schools are allowed to manage their own budgets and generate income from other activities. A central component of the decentralization is that it enables local communities to play a greater role in the function of their schools.

Nanuli and her fellow delegates are from the mountainous communities of the Keda and Khelvachauri districts of the Adjara Autonomous Republic in the Republic of Georgia.  Each delegate returned home with tool and innovative plans for improving their education system and empowering local community members to participate in the education system.

Opening the new vocational center at the Kakhaberi Public School

2 Responses to "A Legacy of Education: Alumna Builds School in the Republic of Georgia"

  1. liadmin says:

    Thank you for your interest in Legacy’s work. It sounds like you have a lot of experience yourself in this region of Georgia. The Legacy program you ask about was a capacity building and leadership training program for educators from Georgia. One of these educators, Nanuli Didmanidze, used the training and the small-grant money that Legacy gave her to build improvements to her school and start a vocational training program. Legacy does not directly offer vocational training programs, but trains and supports local leaders, like Nanuli, who do.

  2. Richard C. Letendre says:

    I am a Peace Corps volunteer from the United States serving in Batumi. I have a great interest in the construction industry in Georgia, having worked for over 40 years as a consultant electrical engineer before retiring at the end of 2010. While researching building codes and documents required for construction permits in Georgia, I have arrived at the opinion that training programs in Georgia to prepare tradesmen for construction projects are seriously inadequate. I visited the vocational center in Kobuleti and, of I understood correctly, there are approximately 27 of these facilities throughout Georgia. I am very interested to learn more about the vocational education program that you have established in the Keda and Khelvachauri districts of the Adjara Autonomous Republic. It appears that you have set a goal to raise vocational education to the next level.
    Have you included programs to train electricians, plumbers and HVAC (heating, ventilating & air conditioning) tradesman?

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