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.