Tbilisi, 5 May 2017. A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed today between the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, the Government of Estonia, UNICEF and Foundation INNOVE to launch a three year partnership aiming to transform pre-school and general education in Georgia.
The Estonian Ministry of Education and Foundation INNOVE in partnership with UNICEF Georgia will support the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia in applying approved national curricula in the primary grades in selected schools and in introducing full-fledged (BA and MA level) programmes in state universities of Georgia for pre-service training of preschool and general education teachers to enter into profession. This cooperation will consist of technical support, capacity development and exchange of experts and experience sharing.
To further benefit from the experience of the Estonian education system, which proved to be exemplary for the EU and other countries, Foundation INNOVE will bring curriculum experts and academicians from Estonian universities to provide support to the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia and national universities.
The partnership also includes study tour of Georgia school directors and teachers from the selected schools to Estonia to learn about the Estonian practices and policies related to the school curricula, monitoring and quality control. Other areas of cooperation will cover support in: a) social and education policies and strategies to attract bright students into the teaching profession; b) mechanisms for effective teacher support including formative assessment; c) creation of a conducive teaching and learning environment; and d) helping low-performing students.
The new partnership will contribute to Georgia’s on-going process of alignment with the relevant European Union standards and best practices as per the EU - Georgia Association Agreement. The program is supported by Development Cooperation Fund of Estonia.
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