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Georgian Schools Embrace Human Rights and Gender Equality

Human rights, gender equality, healthy life-style and reproductive health will make integral part of the school curriculum in Georgia.

The Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia and the UN Joint Programme for Gender Equality signed a Memorandum of Understanding to assist the ongoing revision of national curriculum and help integrate the issues of human rights, gender equality and healthy life-style into the educational programmes.  The initiative is supported by the Government of Sweden.

Cooperation between the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia and three United Nations agencies – United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and United Nation Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), covers three main areas of secondary education – formal education in schools; non-formal education, including for optional courses and parents’ education; and vocational education and training.

Focusing on both content and delivery of education, the United Nations will assist the Ministry to analyse school and college curriculum from the gender equality perspective, develop new educational programmes, upgrade teaching methodologies, train teachers and career councillors, and share best international practices in promoting human rights, gender equality and healthy life-style through general education.

The United Nations will also work with the vocational colleges and local governments to create more educational and employment opportunities for women across Georgia, and to involve locally elected women councillors into the pre-school education reform.