The project was initiated in 2008 by the OSCE Mission to Georgia by the analogy with Erasmus student exchange program, implemented in Europe. The aim of project was an integration of non-Georgian youth in Georgian society as well as the destroying of existing stereotypes. The main obstacle to integration in society is absence or limited knowledge of the state language.
In 2008 - 2011 years the project was implemented in Javakheti and Adjara. In 2012 the pilot component of Kvemo Kartli and Kakheti is introduced into the project.
Will be selected students, who go for a few months to study and live in other regions of Georgia and stay in Georgian families. The host families will be selected based on the recommendations of the directors of schools participating in the project. Families will be selected considering student's age and gender. Generally the students will be placed in the families of future classmates. One student will be placed in each family in order to speak Georgian at home as well. The selection of students will be conducted on the basis of competition (test and interview).
During 2008 - 2012 years of our donors were - The OSCE Mission in Georgia (2008), Olof Palme International Foundation from Spain, which works on democracy and education (2009 - 2012), the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities (2009 - 2012) and the Open Society - Georgia Foundation (2011 - 2012).
Since 2008, 20 participants of the program passed the national exams and study in Georgian institutes.
The project is supported by the Ministry of Education and the regional educational resource centers.
In 2013 the project is financially supported by the UK Embassy, the Open Society - Georgia Foundation and Olof Palme International Foundation (Spain).
Student exchange program “Argonauti”
Student exchange program “Argonauti” was initiated and financed in 2008 by OSCE Mission to Georgia by the analogy with Erasmus student exchange program, implemented in Europe. The aim of project was an integration of Armenian youth of Javakheti into Georgian society as well as the destroying of existing stereotypes. The main obstacle to integration in society is absence or limited knowledge of the state language. Accordingly, the idea of the project was to select 10 students in Javakheti of 11th grade (in Georgian schools is 12 grade studies) and send them to study for one trimester to Georgian schools and live in Georgian families. When at the preliminary meetings was asked a question, where children would like to go, all unanimously named Adjara.