1 March 2019. Sagarejo, Georgia. Children in 15 Georgian schools are learning through innovative education methodologies thanks to the ongoing partnership programme between UNICEF Georgia, the Government of Estonia, and the Government of Georgia. H.E. Kai Kaarelson, Ambassador of Estonia to Georgia, and Dr. Ghassan Khalil, UNICEF Representative in Georgia, visited school #4 in Sagarejo to meet with children and teachers, and to attend model lessons that use the innovative approaches and digital resources developed within the framework of the partnership.
The three-year programme continues an earlier collaboration with the Estonian Government to build a highly skilled national teaching workforce and to improve the quality of learning for children.
At the general education level, a teacher training toolkit on educational innovations was developed, which became an exemplary resource for the New School Model initiative of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport.
The teacher training tool-kit comprises the following components:
- Teachers’ guidelines and training modules in eight primary grade subjects offering innovative pedagogical approaches for integrated lessons in compliance with the national curriculum.
- Teacher Instruction and Coaching Module as part of the teacher training programme.
- Assessment of students and teachers’ performance and outcomes in primary grades.
- E-learning/digital programme for primary grade students as a supporting instrument for curriculum implementation. The programme will be accessible through the Ministry’s online portals as of Spring 2019. It is designed for formal and non-formal educational purposes and aims to support the development of competencies in children in literacy, ICT skills, creativity, cooperation and communication.
The tool-kit with innovative modalities was introduced and successfully tested in the 15 partnership schools in Tbilisi, Zestaponi, Rustavi and Sagarejo municipalities.
250 teachers from 15 partnership schools participated in intensive professional development training followed by supervised teacher coaching by Georgian and Estonian trainers who helped them translate this knowledge into classroom practice. A number of study tours to Estonia were organized, with the participation of 50 school principals and teachers, so that partnerships with Estonian schools could be established and experience with Estonian colleagues could be shared.
In 2019, as per the decision of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport, these innovative teaching methodologies and resources will be rolled out in 50 New Model Schools with the Government’s plan to gradually extend them to other schools reaching nationwide coverage by 2020.
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 http://www.unicef.org/Georgia.