Chai Khana media.code is a Digital and Media Literacy Initiative for young people affected by the conflicts in the South Caucasus. Within the framework of this educational initiative, intensive training was conducted for 50 adolescents from Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and the villages of Shida Kartli, where the families affected by the 2008 war live. The aim of the project was, on the one hand, to display what young people know about the media and digital literacy in the conflict regions of the South Caucasus, and on the other hand, to fill this knowledge gap; ...Read More
Ulvia Karimova, an Azerbaijani student, has been living in Marjanishvili, an old district of Tbilisi, with her daughter for several years. She devotes this photo report to the idea of diversity built by the coexistence of Georgians, Turks, Azeris, Arabs, Armenians, and Russians living in the area.
The history of Salome and Teona's friendship is a clear example that boundaries and limitations are just concepts constructed by humans. This audio dialogue tells the story of how they became friends in Gali, on the stage of adolescence when you trust no one and nothing.
"You will build a ruined house with this, but you will not be able to bring people back. War leaves wounds in everyone's heart" - these words by Armenian photographer Arthur Vartanian are the main message to Armenians and Azerbaijanis affected by the Karabakh conflict. Sakina Mamadova's article tells us more about the peace support from Azerbaijan and Armenia.
Irakli was four years old when he fled Georgia to Russia with his parents and older sister due to the ongoing hostilities in Abkhazia. The expulsion was followed by integration difficulties into new and foreign societies. This text tells us about the constant feeling of exile, and shows the challenges seen through the eyes of one of its members.
The COVID-19 pandemic covered all spheres of public life. Closing the borders has doubly hurt people whose movement was restricted by long-running political or ethnic conflicts. In March 2020, the Enguri bridge, which divides Samegrelo and Abkhazia, was closed indefinitely. This record, based on the experience of a Gali student, describes the difficulties of returning to families across the bridge.
Preparing for university entrance exams is probably one of the most stressful times for adolescents. Both emotionally and rationally, it is a new phase in their lives. This comic, created by graphic design and journalism students, depicts Gali entrants' long and dangerous journey from their homes to the university gates.
A total of 50 young people have participated in the project. Among them were:
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Intensive training aimed at developing the following digital and media literacy competencies:
Shavshvebi IDP settlement
Shavshvebi IDP settlement
Digital Communications Trainer
Social Media Platform Management Trainer
Cyber Security Trainer
Multimedia Journalism Strainer