The Georgia Primary Education Project will facilitate significant improvement in literacy and numeracy learning outcomes for children in grades 1-6 in Georgian and ethnic minority schools. Toward this goal, the project is aligned with national goals of the Georgian Ministry of Education and Science and global education priorities of USAID. To achieve these improvements, the project will support the ministry to create supplementary instructional materials, ensure national reading and math standards support student achievement, support effective use of technology in the classroom, and provide teachers with additional support to effectively teach the new curriculum. Through the project, which began in September 2011, Chemonics will support improved primary-grade reading outcomes and primary-grade math achievement.
However, improving primary grade learning outcomes in literacy and numeracy has implications more far-reaching than simply raising achievement scores on national and international assessments. Numeracy and literacy are fundamental tools for thinking and learning. Improving pupils’ competencies in these areas helps ensure enriched learning outcomes across elementary education. Furthermore, by helping elementary school students establish a strong foundation in literacy and numeracy, the project expects increased success in secondary and tertiary education as well, especially for children from ethnic and linguistic minorities.
Approaching literacy and numeracy as cognitive paths to critical thinking and multiple perspectives, the project envisions a technical plan that uses quality improvement pedagogy in pre-service and in-service education to improve the capacity of the education workforce in Georgia. The project will help create a cadre of education leaders and advocates with significant expertise in literacy and numeracy. Under this activity, Chemonics will do more than simply create technical experts. The project aims to support the ministry to use literacy and numeracy development as a lens to facilitate critical review of the curriculum, instructional materials, and methods used to provide in-service education.
Finally, the project echoes USAID’s new education strategy in its strong commitment to education advocacy. No education program can have much impact if it lacks public value and support. Project staff will facilitate ministry efforts to develop and implement a range of high-impact and visible public advocacy campaigns that promote literacy and numeracy, not merely as valuable school subjects but as essential and meaningful habits of lifelong learning for productive citizens in a democratic society. Above all, the project will have maximized opportunities for the ministry to raise the public profile and value of elementary school teachers in Georgia and to provide an education workforce that is skillful and well-equipped to lead Georgia and the region into a peaceful and productive 21st century.
- Identify local leaders in reading and math education
- Build local expertise
- Engage national and international expertise to create and pilot programs of high-impact professional development for elementary school teachers
- Critically review curriculum, instructional materials, and methods used to provide in-service