2 April 2020. Tbilisi, Georgia. UNICEF, the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia and the Government of Estonia continue their partnership to revise the national curriculum of upper secondary school pupils in grades 11-12 in compliance with international experiences and best practices that will equip students with skills, attitudes and competencies for life, employment and further education. The Estonian INNOVE Foundation will be supporting the whole curriculum revision process during the next 1.5 years.
"We thank the Estonian Embassy for their close and effective collaboration to improve the quality of children’s learning in Georgia” - Ghassan Khalil
"We thank the Estonian Embassy for their close and effective collaboration to improve the quality of children’s learning in Georgia”, says Dr. Ghassan Khalil, UNICEF Representative in Georgia. “The Estonian educational model represents child-centered and competency-based curricula as well as innovative and interactive teaching that creates a great learning environment for every child. We will continue our strong partnership to support the Government in applying the same educational approach in all Georgian schools."
The partnership envisages defining policy and goals for upper-secondary education, providing connections to further education and employability, improving the organization of the teaching and learning process, ensuring the distribution of mandatory and elective subjects, developing subject standards and programmes, improving assessment mechanisms for better measurement of student competencies, and helping adolescents to be better prepared for life, employment and further education. It is critical that the curriculum responds to the needs of contemporary education requirements and supports Georgia’s young generation to function effectively in an increasingly competitive national and international environment.
The Estonian education system proved to be an example for the EU and other countries as demonstrated by the highest learning achievements of Estonian students in PISA studies in Europe.
"We are glad that our experience is relevant in Georgia and that we can contribute to something as significant as the field of education” - Kai Kaarelson.
“We are very happy that the fruitful cooperation between the Government of Estonia, Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Georgia and UNICEF Georgia is continuing. Estonia has been successfully modernizing its own educational system for the last 15-20 years and we are glad that our experience is relevant in Georgia and that we can contribute to something as significant as the field of education”, says H. E. Kai Kaarelson, Ambassador of Estonia to Georgia.
The current project is a logical continuation of the previous partnership of 2014-2016 which revised Georgia’s national curriculum for basic education (grades 1-9) in line with international and Estonian best practices.
Along with the revision of the National Curriculum, in 2017-2019 teachers from 20 pilot schools across the country underwent training and studied innovative learning approaches. This included study visits of Georgian education practitioners to Estonia to observe and learn from the Estonian model first-hand.
The use of technology and innovative teaching in the classroom has changed the way lessons are run in the twenty pilot schools, making classes interactive, fun, and interesting. The approach laid a foundation for the New School Model of the Government of Georgia.
Fully-fledged MA programs were designed and introduced in nine Georgian state universities for pre-service training of prospective general education teachers to support their successful entry into the 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.
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