Centre for Civil Integration and Inter-Ethnic Relations (CCIIR) - non-governmental, non-commercial organization was established in 2005 and since then it has been working on needs and demands existing in education system of Georgia. The main goal of the organization is to support the integration and re-integration process of ethnic minority population of Georgia through empowerment, advocacy, capacity building and education interventions enabling them to be equal participants of social, cultural, political and economic life of the country. The diverse and multilevel approach including development of teaching, learning and methodological resources, training courses and workshops for teachers and educators, development of university programs and courses, mobilization of local population and awareness raising campaigns, study tours and exchange programs - this is an incomplete list of those interventions the organization is undertaking regularly. Today the organization is one of those 16 analytical organizations and one of those three organizations focusing of education issues which are operating in Georgia and which signed an Ethical and Quality Standards Document. The document presents comprehensive standards to guide the work of Georgian think tanks and establishes principles to ensure that the think tanks meet the highest possible professional standards.
Up to today the organization has implemented more than 40 projects, developed 10 teachers professional development programs, created teachers’ bilingual and second language education programs, published more than 150 academic, methodological, instructional materials, textbooks, created E-platform for improvement of reading literacy of ethnic minority population of Georgia, implemented comprehensive researches in general and tertiary education and elaborated policy papers and facilitated positive legislative and regulative amendments through advocacy for positive changes in the country. The organization owns publishing house and possess broad network of partners throughout the country.
The CCIIR’s vision is to ensure equal access to education and achieving positive state development.
Formation of civic awareness in the society and human rights are fundamental issues for all democratic states. The main principle of democratic societies is participation/involvement of its citizens in states life. The mission of the organization is to facilitate the process of formation of active citizens, who will be informed about the situation in the state and will be able to participate in public life actively (state governance, creation economic and cultural goods and etc).
CCIIR Aims To:
• Develop and implement projects and programs striving at civil integration and comprehensive inter-ethnic relations
• Protect and advocate rights of ethnic minorities, refugees, repatriated, deported, internally displaced and disadvantaged population
• Strengthen tolerance and respect to diversity, support inter-cultural dialogue
• Support educational reform and stress minority rights during this process
• Facilitate growth of well-educated young people with strong civic conscience
• Promote and encourage life-long education, early and adults’ literacy
• Facilitate the process of formation of language policy, support bilingual education and advance state and minority language teaching processes
• Building human capacity of minority and other marginalized population and empower them for participation in decision-making processes
• Fight for peace building and reconciliation, ethnic conflict prevention
Target Groups of CCIIR
CCIIR targets two major ethnic minority groups of Armenian and Azerian, who are underprivileged and marginalized groups and compactly resided in Kvemo Kartli and Samtskhe-Javakheti regions of Georgia; minority public schools and sectors where the language of instruction is not Georgian but Azerian and Armenian; minority students and Georgian HEIs; national policymakers etc.
CCIIR Programs & Priorities
CCIIR’s works towards achieving programs through multiple priority areas. Since 2005, CCIIR has researched, developed and implemented programs with the aim to address the following priority areas:
1. Multilingual Education
2. Teachers’ Education
3. Higher Education Programs
4. Youth Development
5. Literacy and bi-literacy
6. Policy study and analysis