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Minister Batiashvili says the US supports Georgia’s education reform

By Tea Mariamidze
Thursday, June 6
The United States fully supports the implementation of the education reform in Georgia. The statement was made by Mikheil Batiashvili, Georgia’s Minister of Education, Science, Culture, and Sport after meeting Murat Soenmez, Managing Director and Head of C4IR Global Network of the World Economic Forum.

The meeting took place within the framework of Batiashvili’s working visit to the US. Georgia’s Ministry of Education says the discussion touched upon the transformation of the current education system in Georgia, in particular the introduction of technological and innovative approaches to the learning process and the importance of quality education in the country's economy, as well as the "New School" model and the changes in higher education. The sides discussed future cooperation issues in technological field as well.

“I am excited about the education reform in Georgia. It will become a success story for the rest of the world. Georgia's education reform will be successful, and we fully support it,” Murat Soenmez said.

He added that the door of the World Economic Forum, founded 50 years ago, which is a multi-party cooperative platform and combines governments, private sector, civil society academies and is open to the Georgian government.

The Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (C4IR) is a hub for global, multi-stakeholder cooperation in developing policy frameworks and advancing collaborations that accelerate the benefits of science and technology.

The Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco aims to accelerate cross-sector cooperation for Fourth Industrial Revolution governance. The Centre will develop, pilot, and scale agile and human-centered governance tools that can be adopted by policy-makers, legislators, and regulators worldwide to address challenges related to emerging technologies.

During his official visit, Batiashvili is accompanied by Mikhail Chkhenkel, Advisor to the Prime Minister of Education in the United States.

Within the frames of the working visit Minister will hold meetings with Stanford University and US Silicon Valley representatives too.

Complex Education reform was launched in Georgia in early February 2019. It envisages several changes to the education system and includes changes in the pre-school, secondary, vocational, higher education and science areas, with Georgian experts and education subject-matter specialists actively engaged in the reform design and development process.

Also, in the field of general education, a New School Model has been created based on literacy, which is focused on critical thinking and fast adaptation to the environment, based on the general skills of the students.