Education

Number of Volunteer Foreign Language Teachers Decreased by 98% Over the Last Few Years

25 April, 2016

According to the Association Agreement between Georgia and the European Union, the cooperation in the field of education and training shall focus, inter alia, on encouraging the learning of foreign languages (Association Agreement, Article 359 (e)). Since 2010 there has been a sharp decrease in the number of teachers involved in the government-sponsored program Teach and Learn with Georgia, although the Association Agenda provides for the intensification of activities in this direction.

The National Center for Teacher Professional Development at the Ministry of Education and Science launched implementation of the program Teach and Learn with Georgia in 2010. The project aimed to promote English, French and German language education across Georgia

The key objective of Teach and Learn with Georgia is to provide an opportunity for Georgian communities to share their values and engage in a cultural exchange with people from all over the world.

According to the information requested from the National Center for Teacher Professional Development, 31 foreign volunteer teachers are involved in the program Teach and Learn with Georgia in 2016: 3 from Canada, 1 from France, 2 from Great Britain and 25 from the United States. The volunteers teach in various regions across Georgia, in particular: Adjara – 5; Guria – 2; Tbilisi – 1; Imereti – 4; Kakheti – 5; Racha-Lechkhumi – 1; Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti – 7; Kvemo Kartli – 2; Shida Kartli – 4. Volunteers teach at 40 public schools across Georgia with some of them even teaching at two schools.

According to the statistics from previous years provided by the National Center for Teacher Professional Development, there has been a sharp decrease in the number of volunteer teachers. If 1500 volunteers were involved in the program in 2010-2011, in 2014 their number decreased to 132; in 2015 – to 94 and in 2016 – to 31.

According to the public opinion survey among young people conducted by the Media Development Foundation (MDF) in September 2015, 11.2% of respondents said their knowledge of English language is excellent whilst 20.4% said it is good; 22% of respondents evaluated their knowledge of English as satisfactory and 28.4% as poor. Some 18% of respondents did not know English at all.

See infographics at the following link: Statistics of volunteer teachers involved in Teach and Learn with Georgia, 2010-2016

*Since 2013 only volunteer English language teachers have been participating in the program Teach and Learn with Georgia.