[Saakashvili enjoying interacting with Georgian school children]
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili met with the participants of the Georgian Language for Future Success program on the Mother Language Day on April 14. The program, initiated by the President last year, aims at enhancing the knowledge of Georgian language among the ethnic minorities living in Georgia.
The Faculty of Humanities of Ivane Javakhishvili of the Tbilisi State University will host the exhibition on the Day of Mother Tongue, which is celebrated annually on April 14. The exhibit entitled “The Mystery of Georgian Script” will run from April 11 to 20.
The aim of the state programme is to encourage native Georgian speakers (with a Bachelor Degree) to spend a school year in Georgian regions that are predominantly populated by ethnic minorities, staying with families there and teaching Georgian language at schools, while becoming eligible for a full state-funded scholarship for a Master’s Degree at the end of the programme.
Directors of 77 Azerbaijani schools take part in a seminar to study the state Georgian language, held in Kutaisi. Sources in Georgian Education Ministry told Kavkaz Press that Deputy Minister of Education and Science Koka Seperteladze attended the seminar today.
Participants of the project “Georgian Language for Future Success” initiated by the President, are taking up an intensive training course, 24 Hours reports. The training course includes the following modules: modern methods of learning and development, cultural diversity and bilingual learning.
The fact that the government has taken over the translation and publishing of textbooks designated for ethnic minorities has become an issue of great concern for Georgia’s ethnic minorities; namely the two largest, Azeri and Armenian, communities as it hinders native-language and identity education. The community representatives complain that the textbook translation is done poorly.
The new school building designed for 240 students, will have new equipments. The school will have a laboratory and a gymnasium. A “Language Centre” will also operate at school, where the director, teachers of schools for ethnic minorities will have an opportunity to study the Georgian language.
Kunz was in a program called Teach and Learn with Georgia, an initiative of that nation’s government to bring the language of computers and international business to its people. He lived with a host family, getting his own room in their very small space, while teaching English to fifth- through 11th-graders.
...The two ministers discussed the security of information technology in Azerbaijani schools in Georgia, the future organization of joint schools competitions and the teaching of the Georgian language in Azerbaijan and the Azerbaijani language in Georgia.
"Of course, Azerbaijanis should first know their native language, and then Georgian, which creates equal opportunities for them in the country. This applies to all ethnic groups in Georgia," he stressed.
“Since 2007, when first iPhone was released, there has been a need to have an Armenian keyboard. iTunes accepted the app yesterday and during the day it was downloaded by 16 users, 4 of them are Armenian iTunes users,” Margaryan said.
On April 8, 2011 the U.S. State Department released its 2010 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. In the country report on Georgia, similarly to the last year’s report, the facts of violation of the rights of the Armenians of Javakhk have been presented in an incomplete and distorted manner.
On April 14 at the Presidential Palace, President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili, Dmitri Shaskin, Minister of Education, and Lado Vardzelashvili Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs introduced new initiatives to enhance learning of Georgian in regions of Georgia.
The youth organization of the National Democratic Party will stage a protest on Mother Language Day tomorrow. The party’s press office informs that Young National Democrats will place posters in Tbilisi saying: “Let’s take care of mother language”.