The children who are under the state care face acute problem of employment, this concerns the children who leave the care system after the age of 18, and have to start living independently. Because most of them are poor or from families with bad habits (some have no homes, or may have violent parents) they hardly have a chance of support after the age of 18 and they have to earn the living on their own. Thus, getting a job becomes twice as important.
Organizations providing the service of small family homes or foster care providers, where these children live, try to support their professional education, self-determination, professional orientation and employment. However in addition to that, there is a need to create the motivation and social skills improvement required for their employment, such as effective communication, conflict and anxiety management, self-presentation, which will help them in communicating with their future employers.
The aim of the project is to enable up to 30 children living in Kakheti region living under state care, to improve the social skills required for employment, and then transfer this knowledge to the vulnerable children living in Shida Kartli region (60 children in total). To increase the number of skills needed for employment of the target group. To do this using an innovative method - forum-theatre. The forum-theatre intends to stage a 15-minute script in a building, or a street. After the performance there is a discussion on the problems shown in the script. The children will identify problematic issues, that hinder the employment. After that the script is repeated, and the children can replace the “actors”, take part in solving the problem and change the undesired script.
The project will be held in three stages and will consist of the following activities:
Activity #1 Preparatory meetings for the forum-theater
In order to prepare the form-theater preparatory meetings with the participants are needed.
Activity #2 Peer education and increasing the influence of the project
On the second stage the children will stage the forum-theater in the town of Gori with the involvement of the children under state care. 4 forum-theaters will be held in total, and up to 60 children will take part in the project.
Activity #3 making a video
Within the scope of the project a video will be made which will show the social skills needed for employment - the shots of the forum-theater held in Gori, that has to illustrate to the audience those main drawbacks and mistakes that young people make while searching for work.
The sustainability of the project is caused by several following factors:
1. Access to the target group and office space in Kakheti region
2. The partners in the town of Gori, who also ensure the participation of children outside family care in the events and will allow us local space.
3. Both sides continue working on the development of children and youth so the equipment purchased within the scope of the grant will be used to continue the activities in the future
4. Human resources - the trainer/coach who has forum-theater technique.
Equal gender opportunity:
Children boys as well girls will take part in the project
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