On July 28, Education Development and Employment Center (EDEC) held an online presentation of the Project: “Curriculum Innovation for Social Change” (CISI).
The overall goal of the project is to contribute to the process of social inclusion of persons with disabilities by increasing the quality of inclusive education at public schools in Georgia.
Led by Lika Kiladze, the Chairperson of the Board at the Education Development and Employment Center (EDEC), and facilitated by Sopiko Shubitidze, the Programs Coordinator at Accessible Environment for Everyone, the online presentation was attended by the representatives of 30 Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs) and service provider organizations.
Collaboration and adoption of the Project resources were highlighted during the meeting. The organizations expressed high interest and readiness towards the Project.
The Project is implemented with the support of the Erasmus + Capacity Building in Higher Education (CBHE) program. It is coordinated by the Center for Research on Issues of Persons with Disabilities established at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of Ivane Javakishvili Tbilisi State University (TSU). As a result, at the Faculty, 10-11 new academic modules will be introduced, which will help future school teachers to enhance professional competencies in working with students with special educational needs (SEN).
The new modules are planned to pilot from the spring semester of 2021 in the partner Georgian universities. Meanwhile, Georgian partners will work on the development of the new curriculum and the reading material with the active involvement of foreigners. During 3 years, the Project will support the collaboration of the universities, schools, and non-governmental organizations. The collaboration network will be formed in order to support the development of inclusive education. Within the project, a yearly national conference will be established, which will inform about achievements and challenges in inclusive education.
The Project is implemented with the involvement of several partner institutions, among them: 4 Georgian universities – Ivane Javakishvili Tbilisi State University (TSU), Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University (BSU), Iakob Gogebashvili Telavi State University (TeSaU), and Akaki Tsereteli State University (ATSU); 4 foreign universities – Transilvania University of Brașov UTBv, Univerzita Palackeho v Olomouc (PUO), University of Warsaw (UW) and Philipps-Universität Marburg (UMR); 3 NGOs working on the issues of the persons with disabilities – Education Development and Employment Center (EDEC), “Mariani “ and DPO Movement Accessible Environment for Everyone (MAEE) and the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Georgia (MoESCS).