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New worldview, new skills, new way of thinking

Participating in the training, I started to feel that I was developing new positive qualities within me and attaining a new worldview, new skills, as well as a new way of thinking.

Now I speak confidently about human rights.

I didn't know. I couldn’t quite decide what direction to head with respect to my future career until I took part in "Speaking of Myself". I applied for the competition, driven by my interest in expanding my knowledge, and in working with the caring and beloved staff of the program.  

This was a life-changing experience for me.

My name is Tatul Jilavyan, I am 16 years old. I live in the village of Koghb, in a traditional family of 6. I have a 22-year-old brother, Garik, and we both use wheelchairs. We are both infinitely grateful to our parents and grandmother who have always done their best to ensure a good education for us and to make sure that we are fully integrated into society by being involved in organizations that defend our rights.

This festival gave a huge charge of positive and boosted their self-esteem

Three days Dance and Art Festival was organized in Baku for children with disabilities.

“One Question about Education”

Children have an equal right to have access to education. In Georgia not every child is able to get high a quality education. 

Advocacy Campaign - Youth for Better Education

Cooperation between schools and society is a new challenge in Georgia. In 2016, Georgia signed an association agreement with the EU. 

CSD solve important problems of students with disabilities

The TEMPUS Project “The Establishment of Foundation for the Integration of Disabled People into HEIs of Azerbaijan” (ESFIDIP), delivered by the private Khazar University in cooperation with a number of local and European higher education institutions (HEIs), as well as sectoral ministries and civil society organizations (CSOs) of Azerbaijan, has been completed.

Values and Knowledge Education (VaKE)

A professor at the University of Salzburg, author of the model VaKE (Values and Knowledge Education), Dr. Jean-Luc Patry was in Georgia from 26 to 29 of June 2017. 

Childcare centers are being developed in Azerbaijan regions

Through the support of the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of Population of the Republic of Azerbaijan the Azerbaijan Society of Disabled Women is successfully developing childcare centers, where the kids can be in the daytime.

“You Are In Movement! You Are Positive!”

Youth Health Festival was Held Under the Slogan “You are in movement! You are positive!”

Unite towards inclusion for everyone: Regional Summer Camp 2017

In the framework of the project “Speaking of Myself”, from 1 to 7 July, more than 80 children - beneficiaries of the Caucasus Network for Children member organizations - gathered at a summer camp in Kobuleti, Georgia.

Youth with disabilities as “no-degree students”

 Three young people with disabilities are studying  at the  Azerbaijan University as “no-degree students”

Medal of Appreciation for conscientious work

On the occasion of the Republic Day,  "Bridge of Hope" NGO president  Susanna Tadevosyan awarded with high state award - the Medal of Gratitude, for social and public activities and for major personal contribution, many years’ devotion and fruitful activities aimed at promoting the sphere of education  by the President of Republic of Armenia.

“We can everything”: this is the slogan of our life

We are 23 years old Ruzanna and Syuzanna, twin sisters, born in the village Koghb in Tavush  marz. 

“Study of Educational Needs of Student Representatives Of Ethnic Minorities”

A study  entitled  Study of Educational Needs of Student Representatives of Ethnic Minorities living in Georgia was conducted in 2016. The main objective of the study was to identify school dropouts and its causes among ethnic minorities. According to literature, dropping out of school  results primarily  from child labour practices and early marriages, specifically in the case of  girls. The research shows the negative impact of the process on individuals as well as on the State and  society at large.

Twenty thousand copies of literature for 1,500 readers

The Republican Library for the Visually Impaired People has 1,500 Regular Reader.

“These children have become family for us”

There are children aged 5-18 years who are provided with food, clothes, necessary medical and rehabilitation services that live in social service institution for children with disabilities number 1 of the State Social Protection Fund under the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population of the Azerbaijan Republic.

Conference - “Democratic School and Critical Media Literacy”, 2017

On February 11th 2017, in the “Courtyard Marriott” conference, organized by Civic Development Institute “Democratic School and Critical Media Literacy” took place. Teachers, pupils, education experts and NGO representatives from Tbilisi and other regions of Georgia attended the conference. The conference was the part of CNC advocacy action in Georgia. In the frame of advocacy actions Georgian teachers presented methodological materials on media literacy. Materials cover the following topics: gender issue, human rights, democracy, ecology etc. 

“Our biggest success is seeing parents’ tears of happiness”

Although there are many autistic people in Azerbaijan, the number of institutions carrying out complex activities for them is quite limited. One of the organization working with autistic people in our country is “Assistance to Rehabilitation of Autistic Children” Public Union,” which drew our attention.

We had a chance to get answers for our questions related to this topic by Elnur Mammadov, co-founder and chair of the Organization. 

Disabilities – not obstacles for performing in the theater

“Əsa” (“Walking stick”), the first theater in Azerbaijan, which was formed by people both with and without disabilities.

The Regional Theater Festival

On the 22nd of December 2016, the Regional Theater Festival was held at the Ilia State University Theater in Tbilisi, Georgia. 

Gained success by overcoming difficulties

There are now more than 500.000 people with disabilities in Azerbaijan. Our hero, Tural Aliyev, is one of them. 

Speaking of Myself – Empowerment and Networking for Better Inclusion across Regions

At the center of the project „Speaking of Myself – Empowerment and Networking for Better Inclusion across Regions“ is the empowerment of vulnerable children and their families in several regions of Georgia and Armenia. 

Orran is changing the lives of children in Armenia

Orran is changing the lives of children of Armenia in need one child at a time.  The Austrian Development Agency, through Interkulturelles Zentrum is helping Orran to do so.  In a program called "Speaking of Myself" disadvantaged children are gaining skills in leadership, journalism and drama.

Working with the United Nations Human Rights Programme_A Handbook for Civil Society

The Handbook is addressed to the civil society actors who, every day in every part of the world, contribute to the promotion, protection and advancement of human rights.

Organized an exhibition "Inclusion of talent"

Azerbaijan Student Youth Organizations' Union (ASYOU) and school-lyceum complex of Narimanov district Baku city organized a project under the name “Inclusion of talent”. The project was funded by the Youth Foundation under the President of the Azerbaijan Republic.

Kaspi school hosts guests to visit museum of repression

In 2016, with the financial support of the Presidential Reserve Fund of Georgia and with the help of the Ministry of Internal Affairs,  the museum of repression called “The Footsteps of the Past” was established in the Gymnasium of Kaspi - a little town in Shida Kartli (region of Georgia). The school was established in 1994 and is located in a building of a former militia barrack. 

CNC becomes known through humanitarian actions

Within the framework of advocacy activity of the Caucasus Network for Children (CNC), Support to Social Development Public Union “Umid” (“Hope” SSD PU) held a series of humanitarian activities in the Azerbaijani cities of Sumgait and Shabran.

Beneficiaries informed about the activities of the CNC

Educational Center for Youth (ECY) organized a series of events on advocacy activity of the Caucasus Network for Children (CNC) in the regions of Azerbaijan.

School Safety in Georgia

School safety is becoming a more and more serious issue of concern because of the rising cases of bullying in schools. The findings collected from the surveys during the last decade show that bullying is one of the most serious problems for school children.

Almost 20 years on stage

The “Bridge of Hope” theatre troupe recently presented its new “Cipollino” inclusive performance. 

Success Map

Success story of Murad Mammadov

Multicultural Georgia for safe schools

The training on safe schools  for multicultural society  was conducted in Georgia. The guideline was prepared in Georgian language and translated into Azeri and Armenian languages.

This center is unique in Azerbaijan

Vocational Rehabilitation Centre for young people with disabilities has been operating since December 2013 in Ramana settlement of Baku city.

Inclusive Education Practices in Georgia

Georgia introduced inclusive education into its general education system in the year 2006. As a result, there are now 2100 schools out of which over 1000 general education institutions are engaged in inclusive education.

Universal Rights Award ceremony 2016

Every year, the EU Delegation to Armenia, the US embassy, the OSCE, Council of Europe and the UN Armenia offices in Yerevan, honor individuals working to promote human rights, accountable governance, the rule of law, local government reform, women’s rights, inclusion and free speech in Armenia at the Universal Rights Awards ceremony. The ceremony has taken place annually since 2012, and is the first initiative of the international community to highlight the contributions of Armenia’s civil and political rights activists, government officials, media and civil society representatives to the promotion of human rights.

Postcards promoting inclusion

On August 2, the member of CNC network “Orran” held a competition for postcards raising awareness of the plight of children with special needs.  

THE PUBLIC WAS INFORMED ABOUT THE ACTIVITIES OF CNC

Within the framework of advocacy campaign on activities of the Caucasus Network for Children (CNC) in July 2016, series of meetings were organized in Baku by members of the Azerbaijan Children Union (ACU).

“THE GOVERNMENT IS INTERESTED WITH APPLICATION OF INCLUSIVENESS IN EDUCATION”

Our interviewer - an expert in the field of social work, Elmir Valehli, is a graduate of the Faculty of Social Work from Azerbaijan University, Head of the Division on health policy and reforms of the Public Health and Reforms Center under Ministry of Health of the Republic of Azerbaijan. E. Valehli directly participated in realization of several local and international projects as coordinator, trainer and expert.

SECRET OF MY VICTORY

Success story of Orkhan Aliyev

The coverage of disability issues in media

From June 25 to 26 in Dilijan, Armenia “Bridge of Hope” NGO (the member of the Caucasus Network for Children (CNC)) in the framework of the project "Speaking about myself", held a seminar for journalists “The coverage of disability issues in media”.  More than sixty applications for participation were received of which only 20 were selected.  

TRAINING ON INCLUSION FOR FUTURE JOURNALISTS

Azerbaijan Journalists` Network and Educational Center for Youth under the Azerbaijan Press Council are implementing project Journalistic school - "MediaMən" ("MeMedia").

IMPLEMENTATION OF INCLUSIVE METHODS IN VOCATIONAL EDUCATION

Conference on “Development and Strengthening of Vocational Education and Training in Azerbaijan” were organized with participation of Ministry of Education of Azerbaijan and The Foundation Rogaland Training and Education Center. 
 

Scheduled board meeting and training for communication officers of CNC

The scheduled board meeting and practical training for communication officers of CNC (Caucasus Network for Children)  took place in Tbilisi on March 18-19.

THE PHYSICAL LIMITATIONS ARE NOT OBSTACLES FOR THE SUCCESSFUL CAREER

The official ceremony for closing “Let’s challenge the limits” project as well as the first exhibition in Azerbaijan “Careers without restrictions” have been taken place in Baku. The exhibition was held under the motto of “The physical limits are not an obstacle for a successful career”.

Armenian Inclusive education program gets globally awarded

The Zero Project has selected “Towards inclusive education in Armenia” as one of the most outstanding innovative policies and practices in inclusive education.

Together against drop-out of education because of poverty

Georgian NGOs “Regional Development Society– Scholarship Fund” and Civic Development Institute (CDI) presented their program aiming at fighting the drop-out of education for reasons of poverty on December 25th.

CNC General Assembly reviews its work in 2015

At its fourth General Assembly CNC members discussed their activities in the field of inclusive education in 2015.

Child rights in European law - New handbook published

On the occasion of Universal Children's Day (20, November), a handbook on European law relating to the rights of the child was launched by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), the Council of Europe, and the European Court of Human Rights.

The workshop “How to reduce impact of poverty on education” in Borjomi, Georgia

The workshop “How to reduce impact of poverty on education”  was held in Borjomi  on the dates November 13, 14. The workshop was organized in the frames of “Caucasus Network for Children” (CNC) advocacy program by Civic Development Institute.

New research report on education transition for children with disabilities in Armenia

Bridge of Hope, one of the member organizations of the Caucasus Network for Children, published a research report on Education transition for children with disabilities in Armenia.

Read more here

Welcome to the
Caucasus Network for Children

"All children in the Caucasus region have equal access to inclusive education" – This is the vision of the Caucasus Network for Children (CNC). The Network was launched in January 2013 and consists of 15 partner organizations at the moment.

The Caucasus Network for Children brings together civil society organizations working with vulnerable children in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and the North Caucasus region of the Russian Federation (Republic of Ingushetia, Republic of North-Ossetia, Republic of Chechnya).

 

Together for the Rights of Children

The aim of the Network is to advance and safeguard the rights of children from vulnerable groups and their inclusion into education and the life of the community. The CNC member organizations support vulnerable children in a variety of ways from supporting access to education, to providing extracurricular activities, to trainings for income-generation skills. They are open to cooperation with different local and international partners such as local governments, international donors and local businesses.