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2017 - the year of education

By Tea Mariamidze
Thursday, December 22
President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili stated that 2017 would be the year of education in Georgia at a meeting with rectors, education officials and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) working in the field.

The meeting was held at the Presidential Palace, and was organized by the President’s Administration.

Joint projects implemented by the President’s Administration with various educational institutions were discussed at the meeting, and it was noted that education is a priority in Georgia.

The President’s Administration stated that in total, they signed memorandums with 13 institutions and financed 20 projects worth 1.5 million GEL.

“The projects implemented by us were related to the scientific and research components and to the development of infrastructure at the universities. We are ready to deepen cooperation with educational institutions next year,” said Giorgi Abashishvili, the head of the President’s Administration.

The President expressed readiness to use all the financial, political and social resources of his institution for educational development.

He stated that education was a priority in Georgia, and all challenges facing the country were solved through strengthening education.

“Education is the way from independency to freedom, which can be achieved only through the involvement of the education system and the academic community,” Margvelashvili said, and added that the economic stability of the country is impossible without education.

Georgia’s Minister of Education, Aleksandre Jejelava, said the whole education sector agreed that education was a tool of overcoming social and economic problems existing in the country.

He also added that the 2017 year state budget will see increased funding for the education system.