UNICEF statement on endorsement of pre-school mandatory standards
7 November 2017. Tbilisi, Georgia. UNICEF welcomes the adoption of the national mandatory standards and technical regulations on pre-school education by the Government of Georgia.
The elaboration of the national standards was the requirement of the Law on Early and Preschool Education that was developed with the support of UNICEF and adopted by the Parliament last year.
The following national standards and technical regulations were approved by the Government last week:
- 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;
We do hope that the Government will soon approve the Technical Regulations for Buildings, Infrastructure, and Material and Technical Resources of Institutions as well as the Rule for Authorization of kindergartens that will ensure realization of the Law on Early and Preschool Education.
By the end of 2018 each kindergarten, state as well as private, will have to undergo authorization as per the new mandatory standards. UNICEF provided technical support to relevant ministries to elaborate draft standards and technical regulations.
The standards will promote establishment of child-centred educational process that supports child development in response to child’s interests and needs, creation of safe and child-friendly environment; improvement of water, sanitary and hygiene conditions; provision of adequate nutrition for children.
Municipalities are responsible for ensuring implementation of the standards in preschools and thus should allocate the required budget for 2018 and the following years. To introduce the standards, the municipalities will have to create new places through building new kindergartens, rehabilitation of existing pre-school institutions or seek for alternatives to ensure that all children have access to preschool education; and improve quality of education with main focus on continuous professional development of personnel of preschool institutions.
UNICEF will continue to support the development of an effective early and preschool education system in Georgia.
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