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.
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 the 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, social services development, 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 the protection of rights, provision of education, employment, small and medium business development, support for social entrepreneurship, advocacy, and public awareness. With its portfolio encompassing over 50 successfully implemented projects and employing over 50 staff members, EDEC is now a strong institution.
Development of methods to overcome distance education challenges during COVID-19 crisis.
Development and implementation of dual vocational education programs
Establishment of “Time Bank”, the international volunteering platform adapted to the Georgian language
Instruction of mechanisms for support and development of a culture of volunteering
Support to social entrepreneurship
Capacity building of homeowner’s associations
Development of IDP livelihoods support services
Introducing an employment model based on individual abilities of people with special needs
Youth activation and engagement into civic life
Introducing civic participation-based budgeting model in Kutaisi
Increased civic education in schools
Development of services for children with disability
Who we work with
- Civil society organizations (COOs)
- Local self-government
- Central governmental
- Private sector
- Population of Georgia
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.