The Ministry of
Education and Science of Georgia, with the view of civil integration of ethnic
minorities, is carrying out the integrated policy. Although a number of steps
have been taken in the direction of the Georgian language teaching, still, ignorance
of the state language remains one of the problems among ethnic minorities living
in Georgia, which may substantially hinder their full participation in
political, cultural, economic and social life of the country.
Within the framework of Integration
of National Minorities Strategy, the National Center for Teacher Professional
Development has been implementing various activities since 2009 for promoting the
state language teaching and civil integration of ethnic minorities living in Georgia.
The comprehensive measures are being conducted which promote equal access to
education for ethnic minorities, promote the state language and preserve
national minority languages and cultural identity.
2016, the Center has been carrying out the Professional
Program for Ethnic Minority Teachers,
which unites the
programs implemented by
the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia in the previous years - "Teach Georgian as a Second
Language" (2009-2015) and "Georgian Language for Future Success"
(2011-2015) aimed at promotion of the state language teaching
and civil integration of ethnic
minorities living in Georgia.
Aim of the Program
is designed for promotion of non-Georgian school / sector teachers’ professional
development and improvement of teaching / learning in order to enhance the
quality of the state language teaching. In addition, the program is focused on
(2016-2019) the preparation of local non-Georgian school teachers for subject examination
and teaching them the state language.
Georgian language courses
The Georgian language trainings are conducted by program assistant-teachers. At this stage, Georgian language courses proposed under the
program involve 738 teachers of non-Georgian school / sector, including 290 A1
level and 448 A2 level teachers.
Under the program and for provision of information resources
(2016-2019), Teacher Induction, Professional Development and Career Advancement
Scheme Guide, self-assessment questionnaire and the other scheme supporting documents
and training materials have been translated (in Russian, Armenian and
Azerbaijani languages), printed and distributed to non-Georgian general
education institution / sector teachers.
For partial solution of the issues related to non-Georgian
school human resources, within the program, 3 groups of teachers were
dispatched to non-Georgian schools in the regions settled mainly with ethnic minorities
(Samtskhe-Javakheti, Kvemo Kartli and Kakheti):
- Georgian as a second language teacher- consultants
- Georgian as a second language and social science
subjects (history and geography) assistant teachers (135);
- Bilingual assistant teachers who are graduates of
the 1 + 4 program and unlike the monolingual assistant teachers work with local
teachers at any school subject provided in the national curriculum (14).