Tbilisi, March 31, 2018. A two-day information meeting with representatives of municipalities from the western Georgian regions about the responsibilities envisaged under the law on Early and Pre-school Education as well as on the new state standards on early and pre-school education is being held in Tbilisi. The meeting is organized by the Interagency Coordination Council about Early and Preschool education and UNICEF.
The purpose of the meeting is to assist municipalities to better understand the provisions of the law, state standards and responsibilities imposed upon them. The first regional meeting for the municipalities from Eastern Georgia was held in December 2017.
In 2016 the Parliament of Georgia adopted the law on Early and Preschool Education triggering reformation of the system. Its purpose is to ensure improvement of access to preschool service, equal opportunities and quality for all the children.
The law determined mandatory state standards and authorization system for preschool institutions however, at a local level responsibility for preschool service, management, financing and monitoring will still be laid upon the municipalities.
On October 27, 2017 the Government of Georgia approved 4 out of 5 state standards/technical regulations (The State Standards of Early and Preschool Education, Professional Standards for Caregiver Pedagogues, Technical Regulations on Organization of Nutrition/Meals and Establishing Nutritional Value Norms for Institutions; Technical Regulations on the Rules of Observing Sanitary and Hygiene Norms at Institutions) and as per requirement of the law, the Technical Regulations for Buildings, Infrastructure, and Material and Technical Resources of Institutions is expected to be approved as well.
To ensure supervision and monitoring of implementation of the abovementioned law and state standards of preschool institutions, in 2017 the Legal Issues Committee of the Parliament established Interagency Coordination council of preschool education composed of representatives of legislative and executive authorities and civil society. The four-year reform covers years 2016-2020.
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