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Opportunities for education
Access to a high-quality education isn’t always a given – for many students, opportunities to further their education are limited. But not for these students in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Students from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine come together to study and receive a quality education as part of the Eastern Partnership European School Scholarship Programme.
Designed and funded by the European Union (EU) and administered by UNOPS, the scholarship programme is now in its second year.
“My priority has been to help young people in the countries neighbouring the European Union by providing them with more opportunities, developing their skills and fostering their employability,” says Johannes Hahn, former EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations.
As part of the project, the students also live together in a dorm, constructed using technical assistance and guidance from UNOPS.
Initially a pilot, it is set to be expanded, with plans to build a new school – in cooperation with the government of Georgia – that will continue to provide quality European educational opportunities to even more students.
“The launch of the European School in Georgia is an excellent example of our commitment to bring tangible benefits to the lives of citizens,” says Commissioner Hahn.
In this three-part series, meet some of the students who are currently taking part in the scholarship programme as they prepare to become the leaders of tomorrow – and to give back to their home countries.