Tbilisi, 5 September 2019. The Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria to Georgia, the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport and UNICEF will partner to ensure the most vulnerable out-of-school children and adolescents have access to quality education in Georgia. The relevant agreement was signed today by the Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria to Georgia H.E. Dessislava Ivanova and UNICEF Representative in Georgia, Dr. Ghassan Khalil.
The Bulgarian Development Aid in partnership with the Ministry and UNICEF will support out-of-school children in six selected day-care centers as well as children at risk of school dropout in 15 selected schools throughout Georgia to re-enter the formal education system. The partnership will help these children to acquire necessary skills and quality learning outcomes that will allow them to get ready for the labour market and realize their full potential.
The project will support the following activities:
- Exchange of knowledge between Georgian and Bulgarian educational professionals on existing good practices of involvement of out of school children in formal education.
- Development of the pilot curriculum with standards, teaching and learning resources for inclusive second chance education.
- Training of teachers in targeted schools and caregivers in day care centres in supporting vulnerable children in getting access to education.
All children and adolescents have the right to quality education. In Georgia, there are many children, especially from the most socially and economically marginalized groups, who do not have access to compulsory education. According to the national study on Child Labour in Georgia, conducted in 2016 by the National Statistics Office, almost 11,200 children aged between 5-17 (2% of total age group children) are out of school. There are a number of factors causing school dropout. While 27 per cent of children drop out after completion of compulsory secondary education, 22 per cent of students drop out due to low motivation to learning and weak educational outcomes. The children who are either drop outs or at high risk of not being in school include children with disabilities, children living and working on the streets, children from ethnic minority groups, children in public care, orphans, IDPs, stateless children, refugees, and children from very remote areas.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
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