8.3.3 Intercultural education
The Ministry of Education and Science, which is leading a reform of education in Georgia, is responsible for promoting intercultural education. National goals for education have been adopted in Georgia in October 2004, stating that the development of intercultural skills for graduates of secondary level education is one of its priorities. The Law on Secondary Education, which followed in April 2005, grants rights to all schools to teach in minority languages and to teach the history of minorities without any discrimination regarding the content or the financial support offered.
In 2008, the new Strategic Vision Project – the National Vision and Action Plan on Civil Integration and Tolerance - identified objectives for the education and culture of minorities (for further information see chapter 4.2.4).
Intercultural education is a part of the National Curriculum of Georgia and is integrated into teaching, mainly in the subjects of the social sciences and of foreign languages.
The national goals of education state that some of the other goals of education in Georgia are to educate a tolerant citizen who knows how to effectively communicate with diverse individuals and groups.
There are several topics included into the teaching of the arts / music through the general school curriculum covering the artistic experiences from different parts of the world and of the minorities in Georgia.
One of the aims of the introduction of the separate subject, "Civic Education in Georgia" was to increase the student's sensitivity towards the knowledge of human rights, citizenship, world religions and influences of various cultures on the society.
The public movement "Multinational Georgia" has developed an alternative package of recommendations and has introduced intercultural education as a part of the general school curricula, within the civil education discipline.
For more information, see our Intercultural Dialogue section.