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[14-10.2019-EN] Weekly overview of educational affairs in Georgia (in English)

25/10/2019 – 31/10/2019

EDU.ARIS.GE
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According to Ms. Irina Abuladze, Deputy Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport, a concept is being worked out, according to which the schools will be divided by stages. In line with the international practice, elementary and secondary schools will be separate. However, with existing multi-storey buildings of schools, it would be difficult to implement this concept. When designing new buildings, this approach will be taken into account.

Preschool Education

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On October 25, the Committee on Regional Policy and Self-Government of the Parliament of Georgia heard a report on the construction and rehabilitation of the infrastructure of public schools and nursery schools.

According to the report, construction of 8 kindergartens was financed from the local budget in 2019, with a cost of 4,412,000 GEL, while rehabilitation of different type was performed in 213 kindergartens, for what 6,321,000 GEL were spent. The remained cost of the work was allocated from the fund for projects to be implemented in regions. In 2019, in total, the construction of 14 kindergartens commenced and rehabilitation was performed in 259 kindergartens. The amount spent on rehabilitation and construction of kindergartens amounted to 19 million GEL.

General Education

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The information requested by EDU.ARIS.GE from the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport states that as of October 10, the information system has identified 1,425 new teachers to which subject classes have been assigned for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Most new teachers entered Tbilisi schools (301 new teachers in 115 schools). Next comes Imereti Region, where 145 public schools received 212 new teachers. The fewest teachers have entered Racha-Lechkhumi schools, with 22 new teachers in 16 schools.

The Ministry has not responded to EDU.ARIS.GE’s question: After leaving retirement teachers, which schools could not fill vacancies and could not assign the empty hours to other teachers?

According to unspecified information, there are many schools where due to lack of teaching, relevant subject lessons are not/cannot be taught.

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On October 26, the Millennium Challenge Corporation announced the Millennium Innovation Competition for 2020. Students (born 02.04.2001-01.04.2017) are eligible for it. The deadline for applications is November 25, 2019.

The goal of the competition is to identify, through a national competition, three winning teams of schoolchildren presenting innovative projects in the fields of technology, engineering and natural sciences.

The first-place winning team will travel to NASA, USA in the summer of 2020. Second and third place winning teams will also participate in STEM programs and/or be awarded various prizes.

Vocational Education

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According to media reports, more than 7,000 students are leaving school after completing the basic stage. This trend is mainly apparent in the regions. In 2018-2019 academic year, after the basic stage 7033 young people left school and 1858 of them continued their studies in vocational schools. It can be said that (almost) every fourth youngster who has left the school continues studies in vocational schools.

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On October 29, the Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport Minister, Mr. Mikheil Batiashvili and EU Ambassador to Georgia, Carl Hartzell officially opened the second phase of the program “Education for Employment” (Skills4Jobs) where the current situation, challenges and prospects of vocational education in Georgia were discussed in line with the labor market relevance. In this regard, the EU and the Government of Georgia are launching a new five-year program with a budget of € 48.85 million (approximately 156 million GEL).

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On October 30, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, the Embassy of Finland in Georgia and the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia held a joint seminar on Inclusive Education, Social Entrepreneurship and Employment, where all the challenges were discussed which are related to the rights of people with disabilities, their education and employment and actualization.

In order to ensure the right to education and employment of persons with disabilities, the participants shared experiences. The participants were introduced to the best Finnish models of education and employment. A discussion was held with local and international experts.

Higher Education

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On October 28, the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia and the US Webster University signed a Memorandum of Understanding enabling Webster University to implement its programs in business, communications, technology and other fields in Georgia.

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On October 30, the Georgian Parliament approved in a second reading the legislative initiative for access to master’s programs for low-risk convicted inmates.

As reported, the precondition for this legislative initiative was created by a 23-year-old convict, who successfully passed the exams for MPA program at Ilia State University. When amendments are made to the law, he will be able to get involved in the education process from January.

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On October 28, the Order of the Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia on the Approval of the State Program for Issuing Governmental Grants for Master’s programs to Foreign Citizens in 2019-2020 was published in the Legislative Herald of Georgia. The annual budget of the program is set at 45,000 GEL. A foreign citizen will be awarded a grant for master’s program in the amount of the cost of the accredited master’s educational program of the higher education institution, but not more than 2 250 GEL.

A foreign citizen and dual citizen enrolled in the accredited Education Program of the postgraduate studies as a result of the 2019 General Master’s Examinations is eligible for state funding if he or she is not included in the Absolute Ranking of Candidates for Master’s Degree Documents.

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On October 30, representatives of 46 universities from 11 European countries and 44 universities of Georgia participated in the ERASMUS + Contact Workshop held at the TSU. Such meetings become a prerequisite for further cooperation.

Within the Erasmus + EU program, 30 institutional cooperation projects have been implemented, 110 postgraduate fellowships, 4775 scholarships for Georgian students and professors, 2725 scholarships for students and professors from Europe have been issued.

Other News

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The Educators and Scientists Free Trade Union of Georgia (ESFTUG) is hosting a three-day Roundtable on the Involvement in the Social Transformation of Trade Unions at the European and International Level, organized by the European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE), with representatives from 25 countries participating.

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