A Georgian Government commission on Monday reviewed support programmes for conflict-affected communities living adjacent to the country’s Russian-occupied Abkhazia and Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) regions, from projects for ensuring access to education to students to rehabilitation of residential homes damaged adjacent to the latter region during the 2008 war between Russia and Georgia.
Members of the Temporary Commission for Addressing the Needs of Conflict-Affected Communities met in a remote format to review topics including the operation of an online registration platform for ensuring access to higher education for students from the communities, The State Ministry for Reconciliation and Civil Equality said.
Members of the Temporary Commission for Addressing the Needs of Conflict-Affected Communities held an online meeting on Monday. Photo: Reconciliation Ministry press office.
Launched by the Education Ministry for the 2022-2023 academic year, the platform simplifies applications for scholarships and “efficiency of process management” for educational programmes.
Construction and renovation projects for rehabilitating residential homes damaged by the 2008 war in the central Georgian village of Zardiaantkari - located near occupied Tskhinvali - were also discussed by Commission members.
The meeting also reviewed the Government's priorities as part of its reconciliation and engagement policy between communities divided by the conflicts on the territory of the country, as well as other “existing needs and challenges” for residents of the affected localities.