EU Mobile Info Centre Begins its Travels around Georgia
The EU Mobile Info Centre, the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia’s information campaign on wheels, launched its 2015 tour on March 31 with the aim of providing Georgian citizens with easy access to information about co-operation between Georgia and the European Union. During the year, The EU Mobile Info Centre is going to visit more than 140 schools and meet with youth, students and the rural population.
The EU Mobile Info Centers tour started with Tserovani School №3. Tserovani, with an IDP population of 6,433 representing 1,954 displaced families, is the largest of the 38 settlements built by the Georgian Government to house families who were displaced by the August 2008 war. So providing information about the EU activities in this region is most important for the future of this new generation in particular.
“The population here naturally knows and is informed about EU activities, but the details which were presented today will be very helpful, especially for the younger members. And the Municipality will always support such events,” said Gocha Zeikidze, Deputy Governor of the Mtskheta-Mtianeti Region of Georgia.
The Head of Operations Section at the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, Kaido Sirel, also attended the inaugural ceremony. Together with Deputy Governor Zeikidze, Sirel played with the EU map puzzle and colored the coloring book with flags of EU Member States together with primary school pupils. The coloring book had been specially designed for the EU Mobile Info Centre campaign.
To high schools students, the EU Mobile Info Centre provided information covering a wide range of areas including EU activities in Georgia, and disseminated a special Georgian language edition of the book “Let’s Explore Europe.” They also got to watch a documentary film about the European Union, titled “Travel to Europe.” Moreover, the students also took part in the quiz “How well do I know Europe?” The representative of the EU Delegation and the Governor as a jury revealed the winner just after the additional questions and then presented them with special memorable gifts bearing the EU symbol to Georgia.
“Today, we met Europe and I want to note that the European Union now includes 28 countries, but some of them at one time were in the same situation as Georgia now. This also applies to my country: I am from Estonia, and, as we know, earlier it was in quite a different Union (The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics). Now we are working to get Georgia moved closer to Europe and I hope that in the future we will again be in one, much better, Union. And informing citizens, especially young people, should certainly contribute to this,” said Sirel.
The children themselves noted that the event was fun and interesting and they are looking forward to having an opportunity to be involved in other EU projects.