Events / 2006


December 2006


CIMERA organizes a workshop on "History Teaching in Georgia and the Representation of Minorities" on December 12, 2006 at the Sheraton Metechi Palace, 20 Telavi Street, Tbilisi.

Workshop participants will include: textbook authors, history teachers from Armenian and Azeri schools in Georgia, representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, foreign and local historians, as well as international and local NGOs dealing with minority issues.

The aim of the workshop is to discuss integrating the history of minority groups into mainstream History teaching in Georgia.

During the first part of the workshop, CIMERA will present the findings of a research project, conducted between September and November 2006, focusing on the representations of minorities in current Georgian history textbooks. In the afternoon, propositions will be drafted and discussed with the goal of improving the representation of minorities in Georgian history textbooks, and forming a basis for teaching history integrating all sectors and groups of the Georgian society.

Workshop program

Further information about the project:

The event is financed by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

November 2006


A gamebook with more than hundred didactic games for multilingual teaching has just been published. The book will be distributed to all teachers and schools of the Multilingual Education in Georgia Project and to other educational institutions in Georgia

October 2006


With the beginning of the school year, teaching in two or three languages has started in the sixteen first grade classes participating in the Multilingual Education project. Drawing, handicraft, sports or natural science are entirely taught in Georgian. In Kvemo Kartli region, the following schools are involved: Marneuli 2nd school, Jandara public school, Kvemo Saral public school and Akaurta village school. In Samtskhe-Javakheti, the project schools are: Akhaltsikhe 2nd school, Skhvilisi village school, Akhalkalaki 1st school, 2nd school, 3rd school, 5th school, Ninotsminda 1st school and Gorelovka village school.

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CP7: Language Policies and Education in Multilingual Societies.
Edited by C. Bachmann

Tbilisi, Georgia, March 2, 2006

(190 p, in English and Georgian).
ISBN: 2-88490-011-X

The conference gathered together representatives from the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia and other state officials, education professionals and civil representatives of Kvemo Kartli and Samtshke-Javakheti regions, foreign multilingual education experts and international organizations. The aim of this conference was to bring fresh insights into issues relating to the current educational reform in Georgia by presenting language education policies implemented by other multilingual societies. The volume presents the papers of the conference.

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June 2006


Informational Seminars

Ten informational seminars were held from May 24th to June 13th in Kvemo Kartli and Samtskhe Javakheti regions. During these seminars, parents, teachers and representatives from the local administration and from local NGO's received in-depth information on bilingual education models and methods. Information booklets designed to answer the most frequently asked questions regarding multilingual education were distributed to the two hundred participants. These booklets were created with consideration given to previous experiences in Kyrgyzstan, and printed in Azeri, Armenian, Russian and Georgian language. At the end of the seminars, parents were asked to fill in a language biography questionnaire.

Information booklet in Russian

Methodological Trainings

The first five-day module of methodological training was developed and conducted from June 18th to 22nd in Akhaltsikhe, July 3rd to 7th in Marneuli and July 10th to 14th in Akhalkalaki and Ninotsminda towns. A total number of 45 teachers took part in the trainings organized by the Project Director and the two regional coordinators. In Marneuli, the training was conducted by Inga Pavula, a Latvian expert from Latvia, who has worked in the field of multilingual education in Central Asia and the Baltic States.
The seminar module was based on experiential learning and adult training principles. Teachers received a compiled handbook with particular ideas and handouts for classroom activities as well as theoretical material on bilingual education.
During the trainings, materials for the forthcoming project' gamebook were introduced and revised to fit to the Georgian context.

The project director with the regional coordinator during the teacher training in Samtskhe-Javakheti

Multilingual education expert Inga Pavula in Kvemo Kartli

Teachers jointly apply a method for structuring the lessons thematically.

Teachers in Akhalkalaki are playing one of the games of the project gamebook.

Steering committee

Close cooperation with Georgian authorities is assured through regular meetings of the steering committee composed of the Project Director and the two regional coordinators, representatives from the Ministry of Education and the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities. The purpose of the steering committee is to share information on project' activities within the schools, to agree on practical implementation issues in the course of the project and to participate in the monitoring and evaluation of the children's language skills.

March 2006


CIMERA organizes a conference entitled "Language Policies and Education in Multilingual Societies” to be held in Tbilisi on March 2, 2006.

The event will gather representatives from the Georgian Ministry of Education, foreign multilingual education experts, civil society representatives from Kvemo Kartli and Samtskhe-Javakheti regions, as well as international organizations.

Among the key speakers are the Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Georgia Ms. Bela Tsipuria, and the Director of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities Mr. John de Fonblanque.A two-day workshop will follow the conference.

For more information on the event:

Link to event announcement

Link to conference programme

Link to Workshop Programme

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