Our Mission

The mission of NGO “Education Development and Employment Center” is identifying the challenges in formal and informal education and employment, resolving the problems through sustainable models and implementation.

Our Values

Equal
Opportunities

Justice

Transparency

The Right
to Make
Free Choices

Partnership

Programs

Our Team

Chairperson of the Board

Executive Director

Financial Manager

Organizational Development Advisor

Program Coordinator

Public Relations Manager

Social Media and Communication Coordinator

Commercial Project Coordinator

Program Coordinator

Career Guidance Specialist

TimeBank Expert

TimeBank Expert

Project Coordinator

Program Coordinator

Program Coordinator

Office Manager

Administrative Assistant

Logistics Manager

Business Consultant

Business Consultant

Peace Corps Volunteer

Career Guidance Specialist

Career Guidance Specialist

Driver

Cleaning Lady

Daycare Center Teacher

Daycare Center Teacher

Daycare Center Psychologist

Daycare Center Teacher's Assistant

Daycare Center Teacher's Assistant

Daycare Center Driver

Daycare Centers Teacher

Daycare Center Teacher's Assistant

Daycare Center Teacher's Assistant

Daycare Center Driver

Daycare Center Teacher

Daycare Center Teacher's Assistant

Daycare Center Driver

Daycare Center Teacher

Daycare Center Teacher

Daycare Center Administrator

Daycare Center Psychologist

Daycare Center Teacher’s Assistant

Daycare Center Driver

History

The Education Development and Employment Center is an independent organization which was formed on the basis of Kutaisi Community Youth Center, established by World Vision Georgia in 2004 to support deinstitutionalization reform by the Government of Georgia. The aim was to prevent child abandonment by placing them in foster care and alternative care services. The community center administered pilot Small Group Homes, where children who were brought from large institutions lived in a family-like, caring environment. The center supported vulnerable families, assisted with finding sources of income, and reaching economic self-resilience.

The Education Development and Employment Center, as an independent organization, was established on January 10, 2008, with the goal of improving social-economic conditions of youth, increasing community engagement, allowing citizens to become rightful members of society, and contributing to improved social-economic conditions in the region. In 2017, the center rebranded itself, and now serves its members and beneficiaries with a new image and a new drive.

Today, the Education Development and Employment Center works throughout the country to support civil society development, education, child protection, and economic development. With its head office located in Kutaisi, EDEC runs regional offices in Zugdidi, Gori, Terjola, Samtredia and Saguramo.

The organization has accumulated invaluable experience through working in rural and urban areas on protection of rights, provision of education, employment, small and medium business development, support to social entrepreneurship, advocacy and public awareness. With its portfolio encompassing over 50 successfully implemented projects, employing over 50 staff members, EDEC is now a strong institution.

2020

Development of methods to overcome distance education challenges during COVID-19 crisis.

2019

Development and implementation of dual vocational education programs

2018

Establishment of “Time Bank”, the international volunteering platform adapted to the Georgian language

2017

Instruction of mechanisms for support and development of a culture of volunteering

2016

Support to social entrepreneurship

2015

Capacity building of homeowner’s associations

2014

Development of IDP livelihoods support services

2013

Introducing an employment model based on individual abilities of people with special needs

2012

Youth activation and engagement into civic life

2011

Introducing civic participation-based budgeting model in Kutaisi

2010

Increased civic education in schools

2009

Development of services for children with disability

Who we work with

Target groups

  • Civil society organizations (COOs)
  • Local self-government
  • Central governmental
  • Private sector
  • Population of Georgia

Beneficiaries

  • Youth
  • Job seekers
  • Internally displaced persons (IDPs)
  • Conflict-affected persons
  • Socially vulnerable persons
  • Persons and children with disabilities (PwDs)
  • Children with special educational needs (SEN)
  • Representatives of ethnic minorities
  • Mothers of multiple children
  • People below poverty line

How We Work

Empowering People

By educating, providing career opportunities, mentoring and advocating, we empower the society and particularly the vulnerable communities who face lack of social, economic, legal, technological and environmental resources, or limitations due to disability.

Building Synergies

In order to achieve greater impact, we build synergies across public, non-profit and private sectors. By strengthening the links and combining the resources, we strive to improve public services and increase access to them.

Creating Opportunities

We are dedicated to creating opportunities and to making our community stronger by doing so. We look for the organizations and companies which share our values, objectives and passion, and find ways to collaborate in order to not just solve today's problems, but to empower the people who will solve tomorrow’s biggest challenges.

Innovating

By researching and adapting the international best practices, we implement innovative approaches and programs to improve quality and effectivity of educational process, career services and public services.

Awards

2021

The Certificate of Gratitude for productive partnership by the project Promoting Integration, Tolerance and Awareness (PITA) and the UN Association of Georgia.

2021

The Certificate for the fruitful cooperation within the civic education projects funded by the USAID granted by PH international

2021

The Certificate of Gratitude by the Partners of the Georgian Special Operations Military Service and the US Army Special Forces Unit for outstanding support

2019

The Certificate of Gratitude for the active cooperation within the projects implemented with the Department of Culture, Sports, Education and Youth of Kutaisi City

2019

The Best Partner Award granted by the Department of Employment programs of Social Service Agency
The Certificate for winning the grant competition of the social enterprises awarded by the “Fund Tree of Life”, Bank of Georgia

2018

The Certificate for the contribution to the implementation of the program “The Volunteer of Georgia” by the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports

2018

The Certificate of Gratitude for the mutually beneficial and fruitful collaboration with the Kutaisi Municipality Mayor

2017

The Certificate for the fruitful cooperation within the civic education projects funded by the USAID granted by PH international

2017

The Certificate for the fruitful cooperation within the civic education projects funded by the USAID granted by PH international

2017

The Certificate for being the most active partner granted by the Network of Centers for Civic Engagement (NCCE)

2016

The Certificate of Gratitude granted by the Kutaisi City Hall for active collaboration with the Kutaisi Municipality

2016

The Certificate Granted for being the best partner in 2016 by the Department of Employment of the Social Service Agency

2014

The Certificate of Honor of the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia to the Director of EDEC Lika Kiladze for Outstanding Support

2014

The Certificate of Gratitude for participation in the festival – From “Apkhazia to Apkhazia! Rich Past – for Honorable Future” granted by the Ministry

2010

The Letter of Gratitude for productive collaboration

2007

The Certificate of Honor granted for the achievements in the field of children and youth by the Youth Affairs Department of Kutaisi City Hall.

Donors and Partners

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