On May 28, 2017 Lia Gigauri, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Georgia, Nino Buachidze, USAID representatives and Marina Ushveridze, Chief of Party of “Momavlis Taoba” program welcomed participants of Civics Teachers’ National Fair-Conference at the Tbilisi Exhibition Center.
The Civics Teachers’ National Fair-Conference brought together 250 civics teachers from all regions of Georgia to discuss innovations in the field of civics education, share experiences, and participate in professional development. Awards for the best civics teachers of the year were given to civics teachers at an award ceremony during the conference.
National Fair-Conference of Civics Teachers was held in the framework of USAID-funded Momavlis Taoba Project, which is implemented by PH International.
Due to the International Teachers Day, a ceremonial teachers’ reception was held at the Teachers Professional Development Center. The Minister of Education and Science – Aleksandre Jejelava, the Deputy Minister – Lia Gigauri and the director of the Teachers Professional Development Center – Giorgi Machabeli congratulated the festive occasion to more than 100 successful teachers.
Teachers involved in various programs and projects were rewarded. Additionally, the representatives of Liberty Bank, awarded 10 teachers with the “world-scale lesson” award.
On this day, three winning writers of the literary competition, organized by the Teacher Professional Development Center were revealed, and were awarded with the gifts and cash prizes.
The students of programming, engineering and mathematics at the Technical University presented their own projects. The presentation was attended by the Deputy Minister of Education and Science – Ms. Lia Gigauri, the dean of the Technical University – Mr. Archil Frangishvili and the representatives of various schools.
The projects created in the fields of magnetiscm, electrics, and utilized optics, as well as the student created educational robotechnics and their programing earned a great approval from the audience.
The above-mentioned youth projects were created based on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) – an educational system using modern technologies. The mentioned courses are implemented with an active cooperation between schools and the department of physics engineering at the Technical University. The project is led by the head of the Virtual Modeling Center – Mr. David Songhulashvili, and other representatives of the physics department.
STEM educational system is helping out interested students with the extracurricular courses such as creating handmade materials for the laboratories and natural sciences subjects. Together with enhancing their theoricitical knowledge during the lessons, it helps students to put the knowledge into practice, which creates a motivation for the natural sciences and promotes the growth of interest towards innovative technologies and science in general.