Kids Interviewing Kids - Problem Forest of Gori
Youth Participation can not be fulfilled without the youth needs assessment. We can't take further actions without knowing where are the young people, what are their needs and their most acute problems, how they feel and what kind of changes they are demanding. This is why 50 participants of the youth exchange #Triangle4youth headed to the public, private and sport schools, universities, local non-governmental organisations and initiative group, youth center in the IDP settlement and finally, to the streets to interview randomly selected pedestrians..
Amazing news! Our research will affect the youth policy document of Gori!
the venue was visited by the professional local sociologist and researcher, Mr. Soso Mezvrishvili, who conducted the latest research about the community needs in Gori. He announced that analyzing needs of the young people from Gori is essential to formulate evidence-based and efficient youth policy. He also mentioned, that our research will be attached to his own research and Gori youth policy document will be based on the outcomes of this combined methodology.
We created different questionnaires for these target groups. Questions related to the participation of young people in the community life, their involvement in local projects, voluntary work in Gori, issues affecting youngsters, public spaces and amusement places in town. We required the respondents to be friendly and open, therefore, we started interviewing them with questions like: 'what do you like to do in your free time? What are your interests? what are top 3 problems that affect you? If you were a mayor, what would you do?' We had 12 interview groups in total, at least one Georgian person accompanying each of them. Interviews were being recorded and documented.
Later, we came back to the venue, created an open space and shared the experiences. The results were diverse and participants in groups drew the problem trees. However, lack of information and communication between the youth and the public authorities, lack of entertainment, lack of public open spaces for meetings, discussions and just for having fun, boredom and sometimes, apathy for the future were the key findings among the huge problem forest.
The next step is to make an objective tree offering solutions. It has to be done as soon as possible, because our meeting with the mayor is coming soon!