Non-Formal Education (NFE) in the National Youth and Children Palace of Georgia
For us Non-Formal Education is the way to help our students develop life skills, as well as become independent and active citizens.
In parallel with the classroom-based study, there are more than 600 activities at the Palace, where students can be involved in public debates, speaker programmes, film screenings and discussions, exhibitions, performances, etc. In some cases, our students organize activities on their own, as well.
During 76 years there have been many projects the Palace can be proud of, and it is difficult to distinguish any specific one, but the one that has the longest history is Educational-Creative Conference. The 71st edition of the project was held at the Palace in 2017. The aim of the conference is to identify creative abilities, talents, as well as research and analytical skills of adolescents and thousands of students (up to age 18) from the whole country take part in it every year.
Annually the Palace accepts 4200 students, each of them usually joining at least 2 learning groups.
Focusing on emotional and social competences we are developing, we want our students to be independent and ready for life challenges. Giving freedom of choice of what to learn and constantly receiving feedback from them is the best way for us.
In our opinion, the most important competences in the context of global issues are critical thinking, leadership and digital competences.
The National Youth and Children Palace is the hugest non-formal educational institution in Georgia and it has a leading role in the field among public institutions. One of the most important reasons why we work at the Palace is our belief that we are part of something very important and have the power to contribute to development of young people. Our goal is to modernize not only Palace, but also our partner institutions similar to Palace.