MULTILINGUAL EDUCATION IN GEORGIA PROJECT
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.
MULTILINGUAL EDUCATION IN GEORGIA PROJECT:
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
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.
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.
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