The Forum “Challenges of Child Welfare in Georgia” Is Held at the Initiative of the President of GeorgiaThursday, 19 January 2017 10:30
The forum “Challenges of Child Welfare in Georgia” was held at the Presidential Palace. The forum was opened by the President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili.
The forum aims to identify and discuss the problems in the field of child welfare, in order to promptly determine necessary solutions and offer them to the decision-makers.
The President has thanked the diplomatic corps, international partners, and donors, participating in the forum, who help our country overcoming hardships through their resources. He has also thanked the government and those agencies who have taken serious steps in improving the social and health conditions of children.
"What could be better, more adequate and important than the care of the older generation on the future generation, in order our children to be live in a more protected environment. Numerous problems still exist in this regard, which require our coordinated and active response.
The fact that according to the UNICEF’s data, one in six children lives in poverty; the challenges that handicapped children face in terms of social integration; the fact that in many occasions children work like elders; or the fact that many children still live outside – these are all problematic issues.
These problems exist in every society; however, societies are measured according to how able they are to overcome and solve these hardships.
I see the willingness of the government of Georgia and the executive and legislative structures to face these problems and take steps to overcome them.
Unfortunately, the objective reality exists, full of economic problems, certain taboos, and clichés, which complicate the process of overcoming these challenges.
Our today’s gathering aims to unite us and to further strengthen our spirit of overcoming challenges and improving children’s rights, conditions of daily lives, and social integration process.
I will also be very actively involved in solving these problems in the future”, - stated the President.
The welcome speeches at the opening were also delivered by the Advisor to the President in Ethnic Minority Issues Mrs. Sopio Shamanidi, the Public Defender Mr. Ucha Nanuashvili, the Deputy Minister of Labour Health and Social Affairs Mr. Valeri Kvaratskhelia, the Chairperson of Education, Science and Culture Committee Mrs. Mariam Jashi, the Deputy Minister of Education Mrs. Lia Gigauri, and representatives of international and local organizations, working on children’s rights.
The welcome speech was also delivered by the First Lady of Georgia, Mrs. Maka Chichua who has thanked the President for this initiative.
"I have been very actively involved in this issue for several years; I constantly study and know many things that we need to do to overcome children’s problems. I will overcome these problems only with you. We must fight to ensure that we take serious, solid, and satisfactory steps. We will only manage this through the involvement of the government and the active participation of those institutions that need to be more engaged, namely the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs, and each of us”, - stated Mrs. Chichua.
As she further noted, the forum aims to identify all problems and to discover ways of resolving them. Today the working groups will be established that will work on the above mentioned problems.
At the forum, the issues, recognized through practice and research in the field of child welfare were discussed, such as – deinstitutionalization of child care system, alternative systems of care, the services for children outside the government plan, the services of child protection, custody and care, exploitation of homeless children, violations against children, children left outside the education system, child labor, the support systems for children with disabilities and their parents.
The opening was also attended by the Head of the Administration of the President of Georgia Mr. Giorgi Abashishvili, the Secretary of the National Security Council Mr. Davit Rakviashvili, and advisors to the President.
The President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili has held a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, Mr. Vladimir Makei.
At the meeting the parties have discussed Georgia-Belarus relations and the prospects of further strengthening cooperation. The importance of strengthening economic and trade cooperation between the two countries was also highlighted.
The President has congratulated Mr. Makei on the occasion of opening the Embassy of Belarus in Georgia. President Margvelashvili has further underscored the significance of deepening relations between the two countries and the existence of the diplomatic corps of Belarus, accredited in Georgia.
The conversation has also touched upon the prospective visit of President Margvelashvili in Belarus, scheduled for the next year.
The parties have also discussed the recent regional situation and the President informed Mr. Makei about the recent developments in the occupied regions of Georgia. In turn, Mr. Makei has once again affirmed his support of Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The meeting was also attended by the Head of the Administration of the President of Georgia Mr. Giorgi Abashishvili, the Secretary of the National Council Mr. Davit Rakviashvili, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Mr. Mikheil Janelidze, the Secretary of the President for Foreign Affairs Mr. Tengiz Pkhaladze, the Political Secretary of the President Mrs. Pikria Chikhradze, and the members of Mr. Makei’s delegation.
Mr. Makei has visited Georgia on December 20, as a part of the two-day official visit. As a part of his visit, the official opening ceremony of the Embassy of Belarus to Georgia will also be held.
The President of Georgia declared 2017 the year of education.
As Giorgi Margvelashvili said at the 9th Parliamentary session, education is the freedom and only the educated person can reach the interior, social and political freedom.
"I agree with the Prime Minister, the country's main priority should be the education. I believe that with joint efforts, we will go to the educated and free society with freedom independence", - said the President.
Giorgi Margvelashvili stated, that Georgian authorities will have to start the changes.
After publishing final protocol by Central Election Commission the President of Georgia will convene the first session which will be opened by him. Giorgi Margvelashvili will deliver a speech. This statement was made by the Press Speaker of President Eka Mishveladze today, at press conference.
As for the Autonomous Republic of Adjara, according to her, after publication of SEC’s summary protocol, President will appoint Supreme Council first session.
18 of November is the time when CEC should publish the results of the 2016 parliamentary elections.
The newly appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Estonia to Georgia, Mrs. Kai Kaarelson has awarded credentials to the President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili. Following the official ceremony of awarding the credentials, the President held an introductory meeting with the Ambassador.
The sides have discussed the current friendly relations between Georgia and Estonia and the plans for the future cooperation. The discussion has also involved the importance of the exchange visits between the two countries. On behalf of the President of Estonia, H.E. Kersti Kaljulaid, Mrs. Kai Kaarelson thanked the President for his sincere congratulatory letter on the occasion of her election and for his kind invitation to Georgia.
The newly appointed Ambassador has once again expressed her support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia, the country’s non-recognition policy, and the European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations. The President wished success to the Ambassador in her future career.
The President of Georgia held a public lecture on the importance of elections, voter turnout and civic duties in Akhaltsikhe, Samtskhe-Javakheti State University. Giorgi Margvelashvili was hosted by the Rector Merab Beridze. They discussed projects financed by reserve funds of President of Georgia.
According to the Presidential Administration, in the frames of collaboration memorandum, Internetization of academic and administrative corpuses has made since 2014. Medical conference was also hold.
According to reports, Giorgi Margvelashvili answered student’s questions on Euro Integration of Georgia, attitudes to the electoral process, activeness of President in pre election period and project implemented and planned by him.
Levan Bodzashvili will be the Acting Security Council Secretary of Georgia. He was the Deputy Security Council Secretary when Irina Imerlishvili was on post. Bodzashvili has also begun his job.
According to the Presidential Administration, Levan Bodzashvili will be the Acting Security Council Secretary until the President of Georgia appoints new Secretary.
According to reports, the President of Georgia has already issues an order.
Giorgi Margvelashvili sends a letter of condolence to the President of Israel due to the loss of Former President of Israel H.E. Mr. Shimon Peres
It is with great sorrow that I have learnt about passing away of the former President of Israel, H.E. Mr. Shimon Peres. This is the great loss for the humanity and the entire world. On behalf of the Georgian people and on my own behalf, allow me to extend to You, to the government and to the friendly Israeli people my deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy. H.E. Mr. Shimon Peres was outstanding leader who played historical role to achieve stability and security in the most challenging period for Israel. He was a great politician who dedicated his life to the peaceful resolution of the conflicts and was awarded with the Nobel Prize for forging peace. I believe that Israeli people will always remember his tireless efforts towards stability of his country. Let me outline that Georgian people also lost a great friend, who played important role in the enhancement of historical friendship between our nations. I am deeply convinced that his remarkable legacy will stay alive for many decades and will be honored by the generations to come. I would also kindly request You to convey my deepest condolences and solidarity to the family of H.E. Mr. Shimon Peres. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
Sincerely, Giorgi margvelashvili
The President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili has sent the congratulation letter to the freshmen students, on the occasion of the beginning of the new academic year and urged them to participate in the upcoming Parliamentary elections.
“Soon you will face another important occasion in your lives – the parliamentary elections. Your civic engagement and your voice have the equal importance as your knowledge. You have successfully passed the academic exams and I believe that you will take your civic action with the same responsibility”, - was stated in the letter of congratulation of the President.
The Presidential letter with the similar content has also been sent to the first-graders of the University of Gori, whom the President has personally met today.