General Education

Quality education is critical for the development of both individuals and societies

Child at school
UNICEF/Geo-2017/Khetaguri

The Challenge

Quality education is critical for the development of both individuals and societies, helping to pave the way for a successful and productive future. Despite significant achievements in recent years, the Georgian education system continues to face many challenges.Georgia’s expenditure on education is lower than that of other countries with the same GDP per capita. The low quality of education is a major challenge for children of Georgia. Georgian students underperform in International Student Assessments.

About two thirdsof 15-year old students in Georgia do not meet baseline standards in reading, science and mathematics.

Poor student performance can also be seen in the high dropout rate from secondary education and students’ difficulties to meet the demands of the labor market later on. The quality of education is especially undermined by the low qualification of teachers and the ineffective system of teacher deployment and management. 

Girl in classroom
UNICEF/GEO-2018/Blagonravova

The Solution

In partnership with the Government of Estonia and Poland, we support the Government of Georgia in strengthening the quality and inclusiveness of Georgia’s national education system. 

This partnership aims at designing and introducing Bachelor and Master programmes in nine Georgian state universities for pre-service training of pre-school and secondary school teachers.

In the framework of this partnership, the new National Curriculum for primary grades was launched in 15 partner schools, introducing innovations, new learning approaches and digital technologies for education.

The resulting model of implementation for the new national curriculum will later be rolled out to all schools across the country.

As a result of this partnership, children in Georgia will acquire skills and competencies needed to thrive in a fast-changing world of globalisation and technological advancement, and will have equal access to educational innovations.

We also work with the Ministry of Education,Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia and other development partners to make Inclusive Education a reality in Georgia. The legal and administrative framework for Inclusive Education has been strengthened and about 7000 children with special educational needs and disabilities have been enrolled in mainstream schools. 

We further supported improvements to the Education Management Information System by collecting data on Out of School Children and Children at Risk of School Drop Out. However, the data needs more systematic analyses to define the factors of school dropout.