Projects of Laboratory

Meeting with the Teachers and Students of Secondary Schools

On 29 April, 2011 the meeting was held with the teachers and students of secondary schools. The meeting was attended by the representatives of Tbilisi Classical Gymnasium, Rustavi public school # 2, Tbilisi boarding school "Mtiebi", Marie Brosset Georgian-French school-lyceum, private school "Binuli", Ilia Chavchavadze high school of Sagaredjo.

Meeting of Professor Pal Tamas with the teachers and Students of Secondary Schools

Professor Pal Tamas, director of the Institute of Sociology, Academy of Science, Hungary, invited by the Institute of Cultural Studies, Tbilisi State University, met the students of Tbilisi, Rustavi and Sagarejo. Professor hold the speech on the topic "The image of the World you will live in". The speech was followed by interesting discussion.

"Urban Lifestyle" - Regular meeting with Students of Secondary Schools

Representatives of National Curriculum and Assessment Centre under the Ministry of Education and Science held a meeting with students of IX, X, XI grades and teachers of Tbilisi and Regions’ schools. Nodar Surguladze, Deputy Minister of Education and Science, attended the meeting.
The meeting was aimed to popularize the new elective subject The World Culture. At the end of the 2010-2011 academic year the piloting of the new elective subject the World Culture will end in 12 Public and 2 Private schools of Tbilisi and regions of Georgia. This subject will be implemented as an elective one on the X, XI and XII grades in general education institutions. The students expressed their special interest towards the new subject. They were actively involved in they discussion.
The meeting was followed by the lecture of professor Vladimer Vardosanidze on the topic "Urban Lifestyle".

Conference of the Teachers: the New Elective Subject – "World Culture" – at the Secondary Educational Institutions

On July 29, the conference of the teachers of the secondary educational institutions of Georgia, dedicated to the problems of teaching of the new elective subject "World Culture" was held. The conference was organized by the National Curriculum and Assessment Center. The subject was piloted in 12 public and 2 private schools of Tbilisi and various regions of Georgia. The conference hosted the teachers from the pilot schools and those secondary educational institutions which have chosen the subject "World Culture" for the academic year 2011-2012. The teachers were present from the secondary schools of Tbilisi, Kakheti, Khvemo Khartli, Shida Khartli, Imereti, Guria, Adjara, Racha-Lechkhumi, Svaneti, Mtskheta-Mtianeti, Abkhazia, Samtskhe-Javakheti.
The conference was opened and the session was headed by the director of the National Curriculum and Assessment Center Natia Jokhadze. The opening speech was followed by the greeting of the vice-minister of Education and Science Irine Khurdadze. The head of the working group "World Culture" at the National Curriculum and Assessment Center (NCAC), professor Vladimer Vardosanidze, coordinator of the same group Eka Tsirgvava, professors of the UNESCO Chair in Intercultural Dialogue at Iv.Javakishvili Tbilisi State University Nino Chikovani, Ketevan Kakitelashvili, Ivane Tsereteli, Irakli Chkhaidze, and professor of Free University of Georgia Giorgi Nijaradze participated in the conference. The lessons were modeled on different issues by the teachers of the pilot schools. They shared the accumulated experience during the yearlong working process. See the Photo gallery of the meeting at the website of the National Curriculum and Assessment Center (NCAC).

Training for the teachers of the new subject

In October 2011, the training for the teachers of the Secondary Education schools of Georgia was held under the initiative of the National Curriculum Center at the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia. The teachers were representing the schools which have chosen the new elective subject "World Culture".
The training concentrated on the issues of teaching methodology and various aspects of the content. In the 25 training centers of Georgia the teachers of 550 public and private schools were trained from the regions of Kakheti, Khvemo Khartli, Shida Khartli, Imereti, Guria, Adjara, Racha-Lechkhumi, Svaneti, Mtskheta-Mtianeti, Abkhazia, Samtskhe-Javakheti and the capital – Tbilisi.

Meeting of Professor Malkhaz Makashvili with the Pupils of the Secondary Schools

On November 9, 2011 the Laboratory of Cultural Diversity (LCD) has resumed its activities. Professor Malkhaz Makashvili, Dr. of Biological Sciences, was the first guest of the Academic Year of 2011-2012. "The Role of the Environment in the Development of Thinking" was the main topic of the discussion. The representatives of the different secondary educational institutions of Tbilisi – teachers and pupils – participated in the event. The video link to the public schools of Gori (#8, teacher Lela Kakashvili), Zugdidi (#4 teacher Khatuna Daraselia), Telavi (#3, teacher Manana Jakheli), Sagarejo (#4, teacher Ketevan Kvlividze) and Kutaisi (#24, teacher Jozephina Gugava) was launched with the help of the IT department of Tbilisi State University. LCD hopes that the video-conferences will be launched in the future with active participation of the public schools of the regions.

Meeting of Professor Giorgi Nijaradze with the Pupils of the Secondary Schools

On November 24, 2011, the Laboratory of Cultural Diversity hosted Professor Giorgi Nijaradze. "Cultural Universals" was the topic of discussion with the representatives of Tbilisi and Rustavi secondary schools. Men as biological and social beings, arts, religion and myth as cultural universals, perception of time in different cultures, similarities and differences of cultures – these are some problems followed with the active discussion from the auditorium. A great variety of questions were posed, reflecting interest of pupils towards the themes offered by professor Nijaradze. Some topics for the future meetings were agreed.

Meeting of Professor Giorgi Lobjanidze with the Pupils of the Secondary Schools

On December 7, Professor Giorgi Lobjanidze was a guest of the Laboratory of Cultural Diversity. Together with the pupils of Tbilisi secondary schools, students of the school #3 of Telavi joined us via video link. The topic of the meeting was "Culture shock", Giorgi Lobjanidze discussed it on the basis of his Iranian experience. Besides the problems of culture shock, the students posed questions on the Iranian culture, Georgian-Iranian relations, stereotypes and the ways of overcoming them, etc. Two hours of interesting discussion were not enough to settle all issues.

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