On World Children’s Day, UNICEF recognizes the critical role teachers play in achieving inclusive, quality education for all
TBILISI, Georgia, 20 November 2021 – On World Children’s Day, UNICEF believes that teachers in Georgia have made a crucial contribution to ensuring continuity of learning and supporting the mental health and wellbeing of their students.
In this crisis, teachers have shown great leadership and innovation in ensuring that no child is left behind. Teachers have worked individually and collectively to find solutions and create new learning environments for their students to allow education to continue. Their role advising on school reopening plans and supporting students with the return to school should also be acknowledged.
"Now is the time to reimagine education and achieve equal access to quality learning for every child in Georgia." - Ghassan Khalil
“Every teacher under this pandemic is a hero,” said Dr. Ghassan Khalil, UNICEF Representative in Georgia. “They had to adapt to new realities, new ways of teaching, new technologies and this was not easy. We commend educators for the central role they have played, and continue to play, in responding to and recovering from this pandemic. UNICEF continues working closely with the Ministry of Education and Science and with academia to support teachers in building digital and pedagogical skills to apply innovative teaching methodologies. Now is the time to reimagine education and achieve equal access to quality learning for every child in Georgia.” Khalil added.
To recognize the work of teachers amid the pandemic, UNICEF celebrated World Children’s Day in one of the schools of the city of Borjomi, in the Samtskhe-Javakheti region. UNICEF Representative Ghassan Khalil visited the school #3 of Borjomi which joined the UNICEF’s global ‘Kids Takeover’ campaign and students themselves became school principals and teachers. A round table discussion was organized between UNICEF Representative and schoolchildren to discuss child rights and share their experience and vision for their future.
UNICEF Georgia’s Instagram and Facebook pages were taken over by youngsters from all over the country, posting their photos and videos, and sharing stories and concerns. Some of the topics raised by the children on social media included unequal access to quality education, internet and electronic devices.
World Children’s Day is UNICEF’s global day of action for children, by children, marking the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on 20 November 1989.
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 www.unicef.org/georgia/