The Civic Education Lecturers Association (CELA) was founded on April 16, 2014. However, as a professional network, CELA has been around much longer. In 2011, with the support of a USAID program within the framework of ITEP, IFES initiated a course on Democracy and Citizenship at 6 institutions of higher education in Georgia. Later, the course has been launched at other 28 Georgian universities. The need for the course arose as a result of a lack of civic education courses at Georgian higher education institutions. In four years, the teaching of the Democracy and Citizenship course has succeeded in raising civic engagement among the students through student projects and other related activities that have positively impacted local communities.
Objectives of the Civic Education Lecturers Association are:
The Civic Education Lecturers Association implements activities to Support civic education teaching and researching in Georgian higher universities:
Strong network of civic educators/professors (more than 50);
Strong network of alumni (more than 2500);
Partnership with 28 higher education institution in Georgia;
U.S. Agency for International Developments;
International Foundation for Electoral Systems