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They are among us (3)

The project was a response to the needs reported by Georgian educational institutions during a study visit in August 2011 and the first training held in 2012. The needs reported by the Georgian side mainly concerned the lack of suitable competencies on the part of public school teachers and the lack of acceptance of special-needs children by their peers, parents and society.

During training sessions held in 2012, a group of specialists working at the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia reported a number of detailed needs and difficulties related to the implementation of inclusive education. These included:

  • the necessity to work out procedures related to diagnosis and certification of students with special needs and work planning;
  • training specialists for work with special-needs students;
  • the need to increase the skills of teachers in the field of cooperation with parents;
  • supervision and evaluation of the effectiveness of support provided to students;
  • vocational training and preparation of special-needs students for adult life.

In view of the above, a decision was made to continue the actions in 2013.

They are among us (3)

In 2013 and 2014, training topics encompassed work with selected groups of children with disabilities. Project participants acquired skills allowing them to conduct school activities related to special educational needs.

The aim of the project was to raise awareness of the fact that children with special needs are part of society. This could be achieved by disseminating the concept of inclusive education and by initiating changes in the education system.

They are among us (3)

During two training sessions, 30 people were trained (10 groups from seven regions of Georgia). Participants included representatives of institutions responsible for implementation of inclusive education in the Georgian education system. The first training session took place in Sulejowek, Poland, and the second took place in Tbilisi, Georgia. During training on how to implement changes in the field of identifying the needs and abilities of students and on inclusive education, participants were able to observe work in Polish schools and institutions (through study visits) and take part in supervisory meetings in the cities of Rustavi and Khashuri.

During the project, a total of 80 training hours and 20 supervisory hours were provided over 13 days of training spread over two conventions. In addition publication was issued under the title “Individualise and adapt – work with pupils with disabilities at school.” Teaching aids were also provided for use by project participants.