Tbilisi, 15 March 2017. Memorandum of Understanding is being signed between the Estonian Government and UNICEF to launch a three year programme to strengthen quality and inclusiveness of the national education system in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Science. The programme aims to enhance children’s learning and behaviour in preschool and general education including children from ethnic minorities in Georgia.
The Estonian education system proved to be an exemplary for the EU and other countries that was also demonstrated by the highest learning achievements of Estonian students in PISA 2015. With the aim of sharing experience and providing technical support, the Government of Estonia and UNICEF will support the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia to improve the quality of preschool and general education, in particular to:
- Build a highly skilled national teaching workforce to ensure quality education for children, and
- Create a learning environment that supports achieving quality learning outcomes for children.
The partnership programme between 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 will focus on the following activities:
- Bachelor and Master level programmes will be designed and introduced in Georgian state universities for pre-service training of preschool and secondary school teachers to support their successful entry into profession as well as in-service training for the working teachers;
- New National Curriculum for primary grades introducing innovations, new learning approaches and digital technologies in education process will be launched in some of the pilot schools. The new curriculum will later be scaled up in all schools across the country.
Education system in Georgia has undergone many reforms during the past two decades. While reform measures have proved to be progressive, challenges remain in the area of access to quality education, teaching and learning processes and students’ performance. Building a highly skilled, motivated, and supported teaching workforce is one of the key pillars of achieving high learning outcomes for children in schools. The role of universities is vital in producing a new cadre of qualified preschool and secondary school teachers to enter teaching profession.
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.