Why should we invest in children?
23 July, 2018
Why should we invest in children?
The children are our future. We all probably agree with this, to some extent. It is a cliché but yet a crucially important reminder that our future lies in the hands of our children. In this article a number of questions are raised, for instance, what are parents doing to ensure that their children reach their full potential and contribute to
a better world? Also,what are policy makers and politicians are doing to ensure delivering effective social policies?

Parenthood comes with a great responsibility and it is something that the Georgian parents may not have quite appreciated before having children. Georgian young potential parents are not taught how to be parents or to manage and deal with the number of responsibilities that family life brings. As a result the reality of parenthood can be something of a shock to the system.
geotv.ge

Prince George attending his first day of school, Photo courtesy: www.royal.uk

Based on my observation, parents and children are alienated in Georgian society. Amidst a busy life parents sometimes forget to connect and focus on their children. Parents should be encouraged parents and more awareness raised generally among the population that despite heavy obligations of work and earning a living it is important that they try and devote quality time to their children whether it be by talking to them or going on family outings and activities so as to produce more family cohesion and to make and emotional connection, thus contributing to a stronger and happier and affluent society.

Social problems are always systematic. One of the reasons why parents do not spend quality time with their children and lack emotional connection in Georgia is an issue that is deeply rooted in an unfriendly family policy.

According to the Labour Code of Georgia, Chapter VI, Articles 27-29, Order #01-43/N (which was last amended in June 2017) by the President of Georgia, mothers employed by government institutions were allowed to take 730 days maternity leave of which only 183 calendar days would be paid. The maternity allowance only one time to be given to mothers during this period would be 600 GEL (roughly 280 euros). In cases of complications during the childbirth or having twins mothers are entitled to take 200 calendar days of maternity leave and a maximum of 1000 GEL (equivalent of roughly 300 euros) as a onetime incidental allowance. The amount of the Maternity payment can vary by agreement between the two parties, employer and employee.
geotv.ge
Family time, Photo courtesy: www.en-tribu.com

Article 28 entitles mothers to 550 calendar days of leave in the case of adopting a newborn (under the age one). They are also entitled to receive an adoption allowance up to a maximum of 1000 GEL which is paid for a period 90 days.

In Norway both parents are eligible for parental benefit if they have been employed and had a pensionable income for the last 6 of the 10 months prior to the start of the parental benefit period. In the gender-neutral and egalitarian society such as Norway parental leave is a normal part of life.
Fathers also have an obligation in the upbringing of their child. After every birth, both parents benefit from a two-week leave and then divide up the 46-week parental leave paid at 100%, or alternatively, 56 weeks paid at 80%. A Child in Norway spends their first year with both of their parents. To encourage men to take care of their children, a special 10-week quota is reserved for them. If they are reluctant to take parental leave, they lose the 10 weeks Use-it-or-lose it paternityleave is a commonly used scheme in Scandinavia. This time cannot be transferred to the mother. As a result, in Norway 90% of fathers take at least 12 weeks paternity leave. Norway used to be a society where the distribution of roles was clear-cut, but the family oriented social policy forced more fathers to take part in raising their children. (Retrieved from www.nav.no)

As we compare the legislations and policies of these two countries, it is easy to see that the Georgian Labour Code does not place any importance on paternal leave and the shared parental responsibility. A father’s contribution to a child’s upbringing process is extremely important. However this is not presently reflected in the approach of Georgian society to a father’s entitlement to paternity leave. Most of the time women working in the public sector prefer taking a shorter parental leave period than they are entitled to under the Labour Code because the allowance or benefit they receive is substantially less than what they would have received by way of earned monthly income through work. Consequently, balancing work-family life becomes impossible for the most of these women.
geotv.ge
Family, Photo courtesy: www.mypositiveparenting.org

Some Georgian women who work for international organizations are luckier because INGOs view parental leave as the right of a woman. Mothers are therefore given a chance to take a longer period of paid leave which guarantees them a stable income for the family. This also benefits mothers as they are able to spend a longer stress free period of parental leave with their newborns.
Interventions and policy choices made today will determine our tomorrow as childhood deprivations have in the long run irreversible effects on their future capabilities.

The first photo courtesy: www.telegraph.co.uk

Author: Nino Jibuti

Related stories:

Family friendly places to visit in Tbilisi

Mencare – the campaign for gender equality and happy family

Peace Corps Georgia volunteer makes khinkali for her family in the U.S.

A journalist who’s been living for years with her four dogs says that “It’s a an ordinary family with only one difference – they cannot speak ”



Print
Other Stories
Kim Kardashian wore Demna Gvasalia to announce a new initiative at the White House
Kim Kardashian and President Donald Trump have a new plan to help former inmates tackle unemployment.
Kakha Kaladze and Anouki Areshidze family portrait
Kakha Kaladze, Tbilisi mayor and his wife Anouki Areshidze, Georgian designer got married in a religious ceremony a couple of days ago.
US concerned about the threats against the LGBT community
The US Department of State is deeply concerned about the threats voiced against the LGBT community
Invited on stage Georgian boy performs with Black Eyed Peas
Black Eyed Peas, an American musical group performed at Black Sea Arena in Shekvetili,
Kurt Volker marries Georgian journalist Ia Meurmishvili
Kurt Volker, United States Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations and Georgian journalist of Voice of America Ia Meurmishvili got married.
Interior Ministry rejects LGBT activists’ request to hold ‘Tbilisi Pride’ - Ombudsman
A meeting has finished between the organizers of the “Pride” and the representatives of the Public Defender’s office.
Black Eyed Peas: ‘Thank you so much, Georgia’
Black Eyed Peas, an American musical group performed at Black Sea Arena in Shekvetili,
Georgian businessman Levan Vasadze addresses US President Donald Trump
LGBT activists gathered at the Administration of the Government of Georgia on the 14th of June
Georgia 99th peaceful country by Global Peace Index 2019
The results of the thirteenth edition of the Global Peace Index (GPI) have been revealed.
Georgian 9-year-old Kesaria Mgeladze wins European Chess Championship
Georgian pupil Kesaria Mgeladze became the winner of the European School Chess Championship 2019.
U.S. Embassy to Georgia publishes Trumps’ post about LGBT Pride Month
The Embassy of USA to Georgia has published President Donald Trump’s twitter post about LGBT Pride Month on their Facebook page.
Woman recognizes her house in the photos of Abkhazia
Ambebi.ge has recently published an article accompanied with a photo taken in the village of Ilori, Abkhazia by the Russian photographer Iuri Koltirev (Юрий Колтырев).
Georgian 6-year-old Davit Tatvidze wins European Chess Championship
Georgian pupil Davit Tatvidze became the winner of the European School Chess Championship 2019.
Female staff added to Black Sea lifeguard crew
This year female lifeguards will also join the crew to ensure your safety in Georgia’s seaside resorts.
Kim Kardashian, Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez wearing Balenciaga
The photos of Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez wearing Balenciaga have recently gone viral.
The Next Mozart? 9-year-old prodigy from Georgia
A 9-year-old Tsotsne Zedginidze is a newly discovered piano prodigy from Georgia.
Georgian actor Merab Ninidze to appear in the Final Season of Homeland
Georgian actor Merab Ninidze has recently announced that he will appear in the final season of the American television drama series "Homeland".
Miss Georgia 2011 Janet Kerdikoshvili got married
Famous TV producer Noe Sulaberidze and Miss Georgia 2011 Janet Kerdikoshvili got married.
British Ambassador to Georgia quotes Ilia Chavchavadze
Justin McKenzie Smith, a British ambassador to Georgia quoted the famous words of Ilia Chavchavadze,
Georgian constructor builds the first electric bicycle
Georgina self-taught bicycle constructor Beka Januashvili built a first Georgian e-bike having no analogs in the world.
Georgian photographer who captures the first moments of childbirth
Nino Inadze is a first Georgian photographer who captures the very first moments of childbirth.
Fire in Lilo settlement in Chinese market has been localized
A fire broke out in so-called Chinese market in Lilo settlement, on the outskirts of Tbilisi and destroyed about 1000 sq.m. area, part of the goods burnt out.
Why do people move to Georgia to start business?
Georgia is becoming more and more attractive for neighbours and worldwide not only from touristy point of view, but also from business purposes.
Three people die in helicopter crash in Kazbegi
Three people died in helicopter crash in Kazbegi
Katy Perry wears earrings by Eloshi, Georgian brand
There are lots of Georgian fashion designers whose products are popular among celebrities.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
GEL Exchange Rate
Convertor
23.06.2019
24.06.2019
USD
1
USD
2.7798
2.7798
EUR
1
EUR
3.1442
3.1442
GBP
1
GBP
3.5220
3.5220
RUB
100
RUB
4.4129
4.4129
Other Stories
World famous British singer Jessie J has decided to wear clothes made by Anouki Areshidze, Georgian designer and wife of the mayor of Tbilisi.
Bassiani, one of the most popular underground clubs not only in Georgia but throughout Europe as well, has opened today
An amazing video made in Georgia by tourists from the Philippines have gone viral on the internet.
Over the recent two days May 12-13 Tbilisi city saw a peaceful protest rally in the center of the city.
Hundreds of people took to the main street Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi to protest the raid in Tbilisi’s popular night clubs.
Two bear cubs listed as endangered on the red list were handed over to Tbilisi Zoo,
Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze and Deputy Tbilisi Mayor Ms. Sophio Khuntsaria have gifted a food stand
Pamela Anderson, famous Canadian American actress and model has appeared in the chic sunglasses by internationally acclaimed Georgian designer George Keburia.
A ski lift accident in Georgia’s eastern Gudauri resort,in particular at Sadzele 5 lift, has left 8 people with injuries.
The ski lift in Gudauri winter resort in Georgia has broke down in the aftermath of which several people have been injured.
GEL Exchange
USD
1
USD
2.7798
EUR
1
EUR
3.1442
GBP
1
GBP
3.5220
RUB
100
RUB
4.4129