8.3.5 Basic out-of-school arts and cultural education
In the reform process of higher and secondary education, there is a system of school arts and music schools which provides continuing education for children with appropriate talent. According to 2005 data, there are 258 of these schools in Georgia.
According to the new national curriculum for 2011-2016 a new optional subject – "World Culture" is being taught at the intermediary stage of public schools.
Under the initiative of the National Curriculum and Assessment Centre of the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, teachers of world history in all 550 schools have passed training on the methodology of teaching of a new subject and on substantive matters.
The goal of teaching of world culture is: to form a positive attitude of students towards cultural diversity and development of successful communication and tolerance in the diversified cultural sphere and so on (see http://www.mes.gov.ge/content.php?id=2997&lang=geo).