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Thursday, December 16
Alasania founded regional office in Senaki

Leader of the Free Democrats, Irakli Alasania, has founded the party's regional office in Senaki. During his visit to Samegrelo he met his supporters in Senaki theatre and introduced them to the plans his party is currently developing, Akhali Taoba writes.

Alasania said that the party’s priorities in the regions should be agriculture and employment of the local population. He underlined that for development of agriculture in the country, it is necessary to allocate subsidies. “We are going to raise this issue for the government and demand that it be solved as soon as possible,” Alasania said.

David Bakradze Reads Andersen Fairy Tales to Students

Chairman of Parliament, David Bakradze, and Education Minister Dimitri Shashkin visited public school #51 yesterday as part of the Ministry-initiated Project “Friend of a Book”, 24 Hours reports. The Parliamentary Chairman talked to 2nd grade students about the importance of literacy and read Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales to them. He answered the children’s queries afterwards and presented them the books. Bakradze stated that the action is symbolic and it aims at stimulating reading amongst children.

“It is very significant in our times that children are computer-literate and get information on the Internet, but a book reading culture mustn’t be rejected. That’s why I agreed with the Education Ministry initiative to show children the importance of printed production”, Bakradze said.

The MES Minister Shashkin told journalists that the main goal of the action is to ensure that children make friends with books. “While facing world globalization, it is very important that a book stays the main ally for children. Leaders and politicians should read them books that they themselves used to read in their childhood”, the Minister added.

The Project presentation was held in public school #1 in November. According to the concept, writers, opinion leaders and other volunteers read literature pieces to students before having follow-up discussions.