In the reform process of higher and secondary education, there is a system of arts and music schools which provides continuing education for children with appropriate talent. According to 2005 data, there were 258 such 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 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.
The first strategic area of the Culture Strategy 2025, adopted in 2016, is devoted to raising awareness and education issues: Chapter II: Strategic Goals 1: Awareness Raising and Education
1.2. Objective: Culture and creativity constitute an integral part of formal pre-school, general and of non-formal education. They develop creative skills and enhance interest towards culture among children and youth.
- Develop a comprehensive out-of-school cultural education system, including arts education: plan, develop and monitor application of standards for out-of-school culture/arts education; determine the status of the tutor working in out-of-school arts education institutions, set their certification guidelines, develop the ranking system of remuneration, etc.;
- With a view to establishing a diverse educational environment and building audiences for the cultural sector, facilitate collaboration between tutors and artists, cultural institutions and organizations within the framework of curricular and extra-curricular programmes.
- Ensure youth and child participation in the cultural and creative activities by means of developing youth cultural centres, summer schools, camps, etc. considering Child Care Standards;
- Based on needs analysis, provide conditions for on-site residences for students in out-of-school arts education institutions in order to ensure sustainability of arts education;
- Plan awards and scholarship schemes, grant programmes, etc. in schools (general formal, out-of-school education) for students and tutors to encourage innovation and creativity;
- Support the development of libraries in school and out-of-school educational institutions (e.g. provide vouchers for purchasing books, computers, audio and video technologies etc.).
Within the framework of the Culture Strategy 2025, promotion of children’s integration was introduced in 2016-2017:
- Programmes of the Education Department of the National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia – 2000 children.
- Non-formal education programmes of the Georgian National Museum – 2000 adults, about 500 persons with disabilities.
- Otia Ioseliani’s Sunday School in Tskaltubo – up to 200 pupils. Since 2014, the National Centre of Cinematography has been implementing the project “At Cinema School” with the support of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Georgia. The Cinema Corner, a new, digital, customer-oriented modern design online platform, which has a main goal of popularizing film education among young people, is also implemented with funding from Creative Europe.
Tbilisi History Museum conducts an educational cycle “Contemporary Art Map” for children.