Georgia: Education and practical skills
In 2011, People in Need started to work on improving the quality of education in Georgia. The level of primary and secondary education is still low, especially in regional towns and rural areas. This is due to the persistently obsolete educational system and teaching methods used in schools. Extremely low wages, the decrepit condition of many rural schools and lack of availability of appealing teaching tools further add to the negative effects on the teachers' motivation and the level of education at school.
Thanks to the ongoing reform of education and to the cooperation with EU, the educational system is gradually being modernized and teachers have more opportunities to learn modern methods and use new teaching aids. To help schools ensure good education in current issues, People in Need has therefore started to promote education through documentary films and other audiovisual materials in secondary schools. Within the programme, PIN has been providing the schools with documentary films from the archives of the One World in Schools festival.
Georgian society has a persistently very low awareness of social issues, such as human rights, racism, migration, environmental protection, and so on. Since 2011, PIN has therefore complemented its work in schools with educational activities among the general public, media experts and documentary filmmakers.
Human Rights Through Documentaries
Improving Vocational Education
In addition, the VET monitoring toolkit is being developed. The toolkit enables stakeholders participating in the coordination platform to monitor themselves changes in labour market needs. It is based on an analysis of the current agriculture VET provision through formal, non-formal and informal channels, farmer knowledge needs and a mapping of labour market needs in the agribusiness sector to identify mismatches.
People in Need works in close collaboration with the Information and Consultation Centre (ICC) to pilot apprenticeships schemes in commercial farms and promote other practical learning opportunities. Also, the organization pilots and tests a system of information messages and practical instruction videos for farmers.
The aim of the project, besides other things, is to promote positive role models in commercial farms and to make an agribusiness more attractive among school leavers, unemployed, farmers and rural population.
Education through documentary films
PIN Georgia used and developed PIN’s One World in Schools educational programme, which had originally started in Czech Republic in 2001. The One World in Schools methodology combines documentary films, other audiovisual aids and follow up activities and helps teachers to teach more effectively about complex social topics, such as human rights, democracy values, and conflict mediation or prevention.
To date, the methodology is used by more than 300 teachers from more than 130 schools all over Georgia. The organization People in Need closely cooperated with the Ministry of Education and Science and its Teachers Professional Development Centre. As a result of this cooperation, the One World in Schools methodology was included into the official curriculum of social science teachers’ professional development and consequently became available to all Georgian social science teachers.
Handing over the methodology to local partners, People in Need assisted with development of new educational toolkits (DVDs with films & teachers handbooks) and provided continuous support to the teachers and students (study visits, conferences, regular consultations).