Children in Adjara will benefit from a quality and inclusive education – a new partnership initiative is launched
Batumi, Georgia. 3 June 2022 – More than 300 children and 100 teachers in Adjara will benefit from strengthened inclusive education culture in schools of Keda and Kobuleti municipalities with support from UNICEF and the Government of Norway.
As part of the three-year partnership programme of the Norwegian Government, UNICEF and the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, a Memorandum of Cooperation was signed between UNICEF and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of the Adjara AR, which envisages the establishment of inclusive education resource centers in two schools in Keda and Kobuleti municipalities by September 2022.
The resource centers will provide non-formal, after-school educational services to children with special educational needs and disabilities to ensure children’s inclusion and active participation into education and improved learning outcomes.
The project envisages renovation of adapted infrastructure of the inclusive education centers at the model schools, including set-up of educational and recreational spaces for individual and group work and coaching of teachers and other school personnel on the delivery of the inclusive education programmes to children with special educational needs.
Strengthened inclusive education in the public schools of the Keda and Kobuleti municipalities will be based on children’s interests, increasing their self-confidence, integration in the society, and their engagement in the school process.
Currently, public schools in the municipalities in Adjara are lacking after-school inclusive programmes, which limits the opportunities of children with special educational needs for their full inclusion into the school environment and full inclusion. There is an acute need for creating services in schools, which would prepare pupils and their teachers for smooth and academically sound inclusion.
The three-year joint programme of the Ministry of Education and Science, the Government of Norway and UNICEF is aimed to strengthen quality and inclusiveness of the national education system.
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