Schools for ethnic minorities in Kvemo Kartli start teaching history and geography in Georgian
The new project of the Ministry of Education and UNICEF envisages integration of ethnic minorities into the education system of Georgia
“Our main objective, as well as the main goal of the “Education for All” is ensurance of the accessabile and quality education for all. This would be impossible without involvement of the ethnic minorities living in Georgia into the ongoing reforms in the country and especially those being carried out in education sphere. – said Giovanna Barberis, UNICEF Representative in Georgia. “the above project is an integral part of the reform undertaken by the Ministry of Education and Science and which envisages teaching of hostory and geography in georgian language in all schools for ethnic minorities on the whole territory of Georgia by 2009-2010”.
The project aims at introducing new teaching standards and methodologies; developing a terminology database (for the terminology related to the hostory and geography courses) and adapted teaching materials; training of teachers from ethnic minority schools; development of the georgian language text books for ethnic minorities.
140 teachers of history and geography from 89 schools for ethnic minorities in Tsalka and Marneuli districts will participate into the project. 2100 students will be able to learn the above courses in the state language as a result of the project.
Teaching of the state language for ethnic minorities living in Georgia has not been adequately considered by the state authorities that has resulted in having the whole generations of ethnic minorities not capable of communicating in georgian. Failure to know the state language left these groups completely out of the social-economic life of the country. They have had limited access to a quality education and a little possibility to participate into the ongoing reforms.
“UNICEF will contunue to support the Ministry of Education and Science in implementation of the education reforms in the country. I do hope the above project will contribute to the integration of the ethnic groups into the life of the country and will make possible that ALL children living in Georgia excerise their primary right – to receive a quality education” – Giovanna Barberis said.
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