6 Achieve universal primary education

Where we are?

UNDP Georgia educational professional
Tailoring training in a professional college in Poti, western Georgia. June 2012. Photo: Daro Sulakauri/UNDP

The ongoing reform process in the education sector is focused on improving the quality of education and ensuring accessible and affordable education at different levels. Georgia joined Bologna process at Bergen Summit in 2005.

In 2005-2006, the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia issued a number of decrees facilitating the introduction of the Bologna principles in the higher education system of Georgia. The amendments to the Law on Higher Education were also introduced in 2006 to make it more compatible with the requirements of the Bologna Process.

Georgia is now striving to fully reform its system of professional education and vocational training. In 2006, when the Government came up with the reform strategy, hardly 10% of the professional education centres in the country managed to operate, and even those could not meet standards in curricula, training modules, infrastructure and equipment. In 2007, the government identified employment and the reduction of poverty as its top priorities. This message became even stronger in 2008 when the armed conflict with Russia and the global economic crisis hampered economic development of the country, destroyed livelihoods, and left many people across Georgia jobless.

Through its Economic Development programme, UNDP helps Georgia implement systemic reform of professional education and build a standards-based qualifications and training system that responds to the needs of the local labour market. UNDP assists the national Ministry of Education and Science in formulating a comprehensive strategy, introducing educational standards, and refurbishing and equipping training sites. UNDP also assists in developing new curricula and manuals, re-training teachers, and in launching new training programmes.

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Targets for MDG2
  1. Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling
    • Net enrolment ratio in primary education
    • Proportion of pupils starting grade 1 who reach last grade of primary
    • Literacy rate of 15-24 year-olds, women and men