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Estonia has been helping Georgia in vocational education development for the last 10 years

10.10.2017

On 6th of October, the international project within which Estonia shared its experience and best practices in the sphere of vocational education with Georgia was completed. This has been the third vocational education project that Innove has implemented in Georgia within the past 10 years.

During the past 10 years, Estonia has been helping Georgia in modernizing its vocational education in order to make sure that it remains sustainable and meets the needs of the labor market. The various projects implemented within this timeframe mainly focused on training for teachers and school administration as well as curriculum development: 24 new modules for the upgrade of curricula were created in collaboration with teachers from Estonia.  In addition, successful practices of employers’ and vocational schools’ cooperation (of which Estonia sets an excellent example) were shared, and various options for the promotion of vocational education domestically and internationally were introduced.

Last week, the meeting of Georgian and Estonian partners who had been working together on the latest project ‘Transfer of Estonian Best Practices to Support the Competitiveness of Georgian Vocational Education and Training Sector’ took place in Georgia. The two-year venture concluded with a seminar in Batumi held for all the parties who had taken part in the project: 17 heads of vocational schools from Georgia and Estonia and Foundation Innove, which had spearheaded the project, represented by Katri Targama, Lea Orro, Aili Kõiv and Kaie Piiskop. In addition, invitations for the official completion ceremony on 4 October went out to the Estonian Ambassador to Georgia, Kai Kaarelson, Georgian Deputy Minister of Education, Ketevan Natriashvili, Minister of Education, Culture and Sport of the Adjara Municipality, Inga Shamilishvili and adviser in the Estonian Ministry of Education, Erkki Piisang. The participation of the representatives of employers from Estonia and Georgi was expected as well. The cooperation project for vocational education was financed by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

"We have worked with Georgian vocational schools and the Ministry, and we are pleased to hear the words of appreciation from both sides. The highest recognition was that the Deputy Minister of the Georgian Ministry had thanked us for long-term cooperation by flying from Tbilisi to Batumi (the flight is 5 hours!) just to stay with us for an hour. The Deputy Minister also expressed a desire to continue vocational education projects, " described Lea Orro the atmosphere of the event.

All projects in the field of vocational education in Georgia have been completed, but the countries’ cooperation in the sphere of education will continue. Estonian experts will be assisting their Georgian counterparts in matters concerning general education.

Additional information about Innove’s international projects can be found on the
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