Estonian President learns about how Georgia’s schools succeed in introducing digital technologies in education process

01 November 2017
The President of the Republic of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid, Minister of Education and Science of Georgia Alexander Jejelava and UNICEF Representative in Georgia, Laila O. Gad
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The President of the Republic of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid, Minister of Education and Science of Georgia Alexander Jejelava and UNICEF Representative in Georgia, Laila O. Gad

1 November 2017. Tbilisi, Georgia. The President of the Republic of Estonia H.E. Kersti Kaljulaid paid a visit to one of the schools of Tbilisi to learn more about the support of the Estonian Government to strengthen quality and inclusiveness of the national education system in Georgia. A three year programme has been launched earlier this year in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Science and UNICEF. 

The President was accompanied by the Minister of Education and Science Alexander Jejelava, Ambassador of Estonia in Georgia H.E. Kai Kaarelson, UNICEF Representative in Georgia Laila Omar Gad and prepresentatives of the participating schools and universities. 

The President of Estonia had a discussion with teachers and children at the school and handed over ICT equipment (laptops, projectors and screens) to the partner schools throughout the country to introduce digital technologies in teaching process. 

The current programme continues earlier collaboration with the Estonian Government to build a highly skilled national teaching workforce and create a learning environment that supports achieving quality learning outcomes for children.

🇪🇪 As you remember, on November 1 the President of the Republic of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid paid a visit to one of the public schools of Tbilisi to learn more about the support of the Estonian Government to strengthen quality and inclusiveness of the national education system in Georgia. ✅ A three year programme has been launched earlier this year in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Science and UNICEF. Find out more: http://bit.ly/2AFhOLV

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So far, the following progress has been achieved:

  • Needs assessment of the pilot schools was conducted to identify the gaps and define further interventions.
  • Teachers and school administrators in 15 partner schools have been trained by experts from the Estonian INNOVE foundation about innovative teaching techniques and implementation of the new National Curriculum. Number of educational resources such as guidelines, training-modules, ICT-based instructions have been developed to support the process. 
  • 15 school principals visited Estonia to share experience of their Estonian colleagues and establish relations with the Estonian schools.
  • Workshops with participation of the Estonian experts, nine State Universities, Ministry of Education and Science and the National Center for Educational Quality Enhancement were carried out with the aim of developing the framework document for MA programmes for teachers’ pre-service training.

The partnership programme among the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, the Ministry of Education and Research of Estonia, Innove (professional foundation in Estonia), UNICEF and Georgia’s state universities and pilot schools focuses on the following activities:

- To design and introduce Bachelor and Master programmes in Georgian state universities for pre-service training of preschool and secondary school teachers;

- To launch in the selected 15 pilot schools the new National Curriculum for primary grades introducing innovations, new learning approaches and digital technologies in education process. The new curriculum will later be scaled up in all schools across the country.

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Maya Kurtsikidze

Communication Officer

UNICEF Georgia

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