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Estonia Helps Relieve War Traumas of Children in Georgia


The Foreign Ministry is supporting the counselling of children who suffer from war traumas as a result of the armed conflict in Georgia. The project is being implemented by Tallinn University, which is organising creative learning rooms for the children of the Ushapat village school in Georgia. Within the framework of the project the children will be introduced to painting, ceramics, photography, sculpture, and land art.

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that the goal of the project is to alleviate the situation of children following the armed conflict in Georgia and support their self-discovery through creative activities. “Education specialists emphasise that participation in artistic activities strengthens a child’s self-esteem. This is particularly important if a child has post-conflict stress,” said Paet. “Through the joint creative activities being implemented in co-operation by Tallinn University and Tbilisi University, we hope to expand the worldview of children in Georgia,” he added.

Tallinn University’s international relations department, art institute, and Baltic Film and Media School are all involved in the creative co-operation project. The project will run from the fall of this year until the spring of 2011. The project will result in a documentary film that will follow what takes place in the creative learning rooms.

The Foreign Ministry is supporting the project with nearly 430 000 kroons from the Foreign Ministry’s budget for development co-operation and humanitarian aid. Georgia is one of Estonia’s four development co-operation priority partners.

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