Estonia-UNICEF programme launched to support educators with distance teaching at 100 schools in Georgia
TBILISI, Georgia. 2 September, 2020. Elementary school teachers, school administrators and educators from 100 schools in Georgia will be trained in distance teaching and learning concepts and practices as part of an agreement between the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Georgia, the Estonian Embassy and UNICEF Georgia.
The programme aims to improve the quality of education for children of Georgia and will organise distance and on-site training, peer-training and coaching for educators on the quality of teaching and learning.
The programme will cover 100 public schools throughout Georgia, including remote and mountainous areas, and will be focused on sharing the Estonian experience in distance teaching to contribute to the professional development of the educators. Elementary school teachers will be trained in competency-based teaching and learning methodology. Administrations of these schools, and representatives of local Education Resource Centers, will be trained in educational environments and school management. The participant schools will be trained in the possibilities to create and maintain networks via different platforms to support dissemination and exchange of knowledge, practice and cooperation ideas. The programme also includes a study tour to Estonia for selected teachers and administrators to exchange experiences and learn about Estonian best practices.
"We are grateful to the Government of Estonia for their tremendous support to enhance quality education in Georgia." - Ghassan Khalil
“Following the COVID-19 pandemic, distance learning has become one of the primary tools for children and educators to share knowledge and continue the educational process. UNICEF commits to support teachers and educators of Georgia in gaining skills and guidance that are very much needed during this emergency. We are grateful to the Government of Estonia for their tremendous support to enhance quality education in Georgia,” said Dr. Ghassan Khalil, UNICEF Representative in Georgia.
The programme starts in September 2020 and will last for 2 years. The project is fully financed by the Government of Estonia.
The partnership initiated in 2014 between UNICEF, the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, and the Government of Estonia aims to build a highly skilled national teaching workforce, as well as to improve the quality of learning for children. The main components of the partnership included the revision and improvement of the National Curriculum, the introduction of Estonian teaching and learning methods in schools of Georgia, and the establishment of university training courses for Georgian educators.
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.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org/georgia/