1. Description of Our Team
Georgian-German school “a-z” decided to take part into your project “Doors to Diplomacy” . Mrs. Manana Sekhniashvili suggested us students of 8th class Ann K., Nika S., Elene A. and Giorgi G. to work on this project. We decided to make project about national minorities who live in Georgia. After choosing theme of project we shared duties. Giorgi G. and Nika S. had to look after technical side of our project. Ani k. and Elene A. had to get informations about national minorities of Georgia in different books and get interviews from representatives of communities of national minorities. Our teachers Mrs. Manana and Mrs. Tamar, really helped us to fulfill our goals. They helped us in designing Web Pages, dealing with people, obtaining information. Mrs. Manana made us aware of “Doors to Diplomacy” competition.
2. Summary of Our Project
At first we began thinking what to make our project about. Because there are many national minorities in Georgia (some German, Jew and Turkish children study in our school too). Our decision was like this: Project had to be about tolerance. It will concern national minorities living in Georgia. Not few national minorities live in Geogia, that’s why we decided to make our project about minorities among minorities living in Georgia, who were first to settle down here, who experienced many difficulties with Georgians and still can’t leave “native country” , who adapted to Georgian culture without losing their own one and had impact on Georgian culture. We made choice in favor of German , Jew, Greek, Polish, Turkish, Ukrainian and Kurd people.
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:more than 50%
B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:none
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:not sure
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:2-3
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Of course we had some problems because we had to work on project and at the time fulfil our studying duties , also this time coincided with winter, some members of our project were ill, we were left without internet for some time. It was also difficult to reach agreement with representatives of national minorities because of their busy schedules. But we could overcome all these problems and bring project to the end.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
This project was very interesting for our community and for our school. During work we felt great support from our friends. During meetings with the communities Daniela Wittman and Mariam Shukhoshvili were with us. Also Saba Natroshvili helped us. We’re thankfull to them. We also want to thank teachers of dancing and singing of our school. Thanks to out headmasters Tamar Sarajishvili and Marina Andronikashvili. All representatives of all the schools which took part into our charity concert.
6. How did your activities and research for this Doors to Diplomacy Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
After choosing project theme, we began connecting with representatives of national minorities. We wanted to play our roles as diplomats. We found their literature and information about their culture. Of course we had many questions and decided to meet them. We visited Mrs. Zaira Davarashvili who’s the head of the Jewish house of Tbilisi. We also met head of polish community Mr. Sasha Rusetki, President of German community Gary Auxt, head of Greek community Mr. Poti Chitlow, President of Culture Center named after Odisei Dimitriadi, Mrs. Madonna Savidi. President of Organization Georgian-Jewish center of women Eva Babalashvili, General Director of radio “Ja-Ko”, Mr. Jamlet Khukhashvili. Interviews passed successfully. Our wish was to play diplomatic role and introduce tolerant nature of people living in Georgia to the world. Our team work gave us big results and we gained experience. We added information received from interviews to themes we found in books and in internet, what made us full presentation about their live, activities and culture.