CCIIR started the implementation of the program “Conflict Prevention” in the framework of the project “Supporting Multilingual Educational reform in Georgia” funded by OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM). The project will be implemented by Centre for Civil Integration and Inter-Ethnic Relations (CCIIR) in close cooperation with the Teachers Professional Development Centre, Curriculum and Assessment Centre and Program Department of the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, as well as with the Regional Education Resource Centres and Language Houses of the Ministry. The two policy experts seconded by the HCNM will be involved in the implementation of the project, sharing experience from their respective countries. The project started in May 2011 and will continue to December 2011. The overall purpose of the project is to improve the quality of education in minority schools of Georgia. The specific objective is to assist the Georgian government with the implementation of its MLE policy through the development of methodological materials and the training of key education officials and teachers. The target group is Minority schools of Georgia and the following activities will be implemented by CCIIR in the framework of the project:
To develop students language portfolio for grades 1-12 (self-assessment tool for students).
To develop methodological guide “Language assessment and teaching, which will include recommendation package and test samples how to assess language competence of bilingual program students;
To issue four volumes (5-8) of quarterly trilingual informational-methodological journal “bilingual education”
To develop textbook “Reading Leader” for grades 1-6
To train local staff of Educational Resource Centers (ERC) and Language Houses (LH) as well as other experts as consultants of multilingual schools in language assessment and testing
To train 150 teachers of minority schools implementing multi-lingual education in content and language integrated learning for grades 7-12.
To train 50 teachers of 50 pilot schools in language assessment and testing
To train 50 teachers of 50 pilot schools in development reading skills through “Reading Ladder”
To develop educational materials for Georgian language courses
To conduct Georgian language courses for minimum 156 teachers from 26 schools in Kvemo Kartli and Samtskhe-Javakheti