Tbilisi, 26 June 2023 (TDI): A five-day Human Rights Summer School has brought together over 25 young people across Georgia in the town of Kvareli on June 19-23.

The five-day Human Rights Summer School fosters their understanding of fundamental principles of human rights, equality, and social inclusion.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), in collaboration with the Training Centre of Justice of Georgia and with support from the European Union (EU) organized the event.

The training aimed to empower the youth and equip them with the necessary knowledge to promote human rights in their respective communities.

The program included a special blend of educational activities, including team-building exercises and cultural events to engage the participants.

In addition, there were insightful discussions specialized on the rights of minorities, combating disinformation and hate speech, the role of youth in civic integration, the protection of gender equality in societies, and the elimination of violence and discrimination.

During the program, the Ambassador of the European Union to Georgia Pawel Herczynski notes “Education empowers young people with the necessary knowledge and tools to become effective advocates for human rights.”

The Ambassador further said the European Union supports the Human Rights Summer School in resonance with the EU’s commitment to promoting equality, justice, and inclusion for all societies.

Meanwhile, the UNDP Resident Representative Nick Beresford notes, “We are excited to see the enthusiasm and dedication of young people in becoming human rights advocates and driving transformative change within their communities and their country.”

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Furthermore, the Senior Human Rights Advisor for the South Caucasus Presence of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Vladimir Shkolnikov was also present at the event.

Vladimir Shkolnikov emphasized the important roles of young people in defending and promoting human rights and just society as change agents.

The annual Human Rights Summer School is an offshoot of Human Rights for All, a $3 million EU-funded flagship programme implemented by two UN agencies, UNDP and OHCHR.