Component goal: Inclusion of teachers, parents and students in public schools management processes and orientation of educational institutions’ environment on students needs.

Key spheres of component work are the following:

  • Monitoring, research, advocacy campaigns
  • Development of schools
  • Monitoring, research, advocacy campaigns

One of the important directions of the component work is monitoring, research and advocacy of ongoing processes. Initially, the component starts with monitoring in order to reveal the existing problems, later on a research is conducted to better demonstrate the revealed problems. The research results will show the status-quo. Final stage is conducting the advocacy campaigns in order to resolve the revealed problems.

Monitoring themes conducted within the component frameworks during the organization’s existence:

1. Legal monitoring of education system.

Goal:  Sufficiency and efficiency research of execution of legislative base of public schools.

2. Heating system monitoring in Guria public schools.

Goal: How the issues declared in article 28 of Children Convention are considered in public schools or are there supporting conditions for regular attendance at schools in winter time.

3. Monitoring of school cafeterias and lightning of learning environment in Guria public schools.

Goal: How compliant are the conditions of school cafeterias and lightning (electrification) in schools of Guria region with the recommended educational norms and standards in Georgia.

4. Monitoring of coverage of general educational issues per frequency and quality in Georgian press.

Goal:  How popular and prioritary is the topic of general education in Georgian press.

5. Sanitary-hygenic monitoring of drinking water and loos in Guria public schools. 
Goal:
How compliant are the conditions of drinking water and loos of public schools in Guria region with the recommended educational norms and standards in Georgia.

6. Monitoring of development-oriented paragraphs in public schools’ budgets.

Goal: If schools have development-oriented budgets, how school budget meets the real requirements of enhancing the learning/teaching quality; 

Component also works in the direction of research. Conducted researches:

  •   Research of the practice regarding the functioning of cafeterias in public schools (sample of Guria schools);
  • Evaluation and efficiency research of the program supporting inclusive education   (sample of Ozurgeti municipality schools);
  • Educational challenges in public schools where ethnically Georgian representatives of religious minorities study or teach (sample of Ozurgeti municipality schools).

     (To see the electronic versions of the above mentioned researches, visit the website: apk.ge)

  • Development of schools in Guria

In the direction of school development, the organization cooperates both with partner and non-target schools. During the recent three years, the organization has established the school of leader teachers where teachers of various schools in Ozurgeti are enlisted.

Work with partner and non-target schools

One of the directions of the component is working with partner and non-target schools. Namely, organization has several partner schools during a year and the organizational staff are working actively with them. Also, the organization works with non-target schools. Trainings and consultations on the interested topics are conducted for teachers. The organization has had 38 partner schools in Guria and 1 school in Kobuleti throughout its history. These are:

Ozurgeti Municipality:

Ozurgeti #1 public school

Ozurgeti #2 public school

Ozurgeti #3 public school

Ozurgeti #4 public school

Ozurgeti #5 public school

Ozurgeti municipality, village Shemokmedi public school

Village Tskhemliskhidi public school

Village Bakhvi public school

Village Gagma Dvabzu public school

Village Bokhvauri public school

Village Dvabzu public school

Village Gomi  public school

Village Likhauri  public school

Village Gurianta  public school

Village Baileti public school
Village Shemokmedi public school

Village Melekeduri  public school

Village Meria public school

Borough Ureki public school

Borough Laituri public school

Borough Nasakirali public school
Borough Naruji public school

Village Zemo Natanebi public school

Village Vakijvari public school

Saint Nino parochial school

Saint Gabriel parochial school

Chokhatauri Municipality:

Chokhatauri #1 public school

Khidistavi public school

Buknari public school

Chaisubani public school

Guturi public school

Shua Ganakhleba public school

Lanchkhuti Municipality:

#1 public school

#2 public school

#3 public school

Shukhuti public school

Lesi public school

Supsa public school

Akhalsopeli public school

Kobuleti

#3 public school

Activities with partner schools:

a) Supporting management development of partner schools.

1.Self-assessment process of schools: self-assessment of 30 partner schools were conducted

30 reports were prepared

      2.Preparation of strategic development plan:

6-year strategic development plans for 30 public schools were prepared.  30 strategic development plans were made.  Operational plans for 30 schools were devised.

     3. Training modules were carried out:

  • Regulation module of the discipline committee
  • Rating system evaluation module of teachers
  • Concept module of inclusive education.

              4.Component members delivered the seminars:

  • Efficient functioning of the departments
  • Rating system evaluation of teachers
  • Legal issues of economic activity
  • Student testing and creation of information bank

             5.Component members delivered the seminars for both target and non-target schools:

      • work of discipline committee at school
      • project writing
  • role of board of trustees
  • establishment of inclusive education
  • monitoring skills
  • advocacy skills
  • school principal’s report preparation.

6. Trainings delivered by invited trainers for both target and non-target schools:

  • Vital skills and conflict management (Trainer of Civil Development Institute Tamar Khatiashvili)   
  • Democratic processes in school (Trainer of Civil Development Institute Tamar Mosiashvili)
  • Gender and stereotypes  (Teacher’s House Representative Manana Jincharadze)
  • Schools’ self-assessment process  (Education Expert Paata Papava)
  • Effective functioning of subject departments  (Representative of “School, Family, Society” Irina Kikvadze)
  • Rating system evaluation of teachers (Representative of “School, Family, Society” Irina Kikvadze).

School of Leader Teachers

School of Leader Teachers was established in 2014. The goal of the foundation of School was that teachers revealed schools’/communities’ initiatives and supported the collective actions for their realization; the goal was also to strengthen and develop culture of democracy in schools; also to reveal the causes of problems that public schools were facing and think of innovative approaches for their resolution; leader teachers were also supposed to improve the schools’ beneficiaries participation in school management. Complete course in School of Leader Teachers was taken by 38 people. 

The following activities were conducted for teachers of this School:

a)Trainings 

  • Rights and duties of structural units of public schools
  • Detecting mechanisms for violence against children
  • Work of departments, regulations, plan preparation
  • Research methods, including pedagogical research
  •     Advocacy
  • Inclusive education
  • School self-assessment
  • Monitoring skills
  • Bullying and its identification
  • Project writing
  • Organizational culture and conflict management

b) Conference

It is important that the teachers who get plenty of information and news on trainings and consultations apply their knowledge and expertise in practice. Thus, we think that conferences are one of the important tools that enable teachers to demonstrate their abilities, share them to peers and talk about those problems and challenges that their schools are facing. Correspondingly, the purpose of holding conferences was to support teachers to become more active, to get involved in school life and to talk not only about the problems that arise during teaching a specific subject but also about the problems that arise in school’s daily life.  Three conferences were held during three years. Leader Teachers presented the topics that are problematic for their schools and discussed the ways and means for problems’ resolutions.

Teachers presented the following conference topics:

  •   „Harmful labour of underage“
  •   „Healthy diet in school“
  •   „Bullying in school“
  •   „Inclusive education in Laituri public school and kindergarten”
  • „Parents‘ attitude towards inclusive education“
  • „What kind of teacher I want to have“
  • „Why they choose a school“
  • „Development of oral reporting skills in children“
  • „Parents involvement in school activities“
  • „Diagnostic testing“
  • „Adapted lesson“
  • Class hour: ”Friendship as the road and the bridge”
  • „My Iakob“
  • Project – „Sound mind in sound body“
  • „Let’s prepare for hiking”
  • „Harmful labor of underage“
  • „Healthy diet in school“
  • „Inclusive education in Laituri public school and kindergarten”
  • “Forms of child abuse”
  • „Challenges of inclusive education”
  • „Conflict management in school”
  • „Supporting parents involvement in school life”
  • „Democratic management of school”
  • „Challenges of inclusive education in Gurianta public school”
  • „Skills for democratic management of school”.

c) Small grants program:

Small grants were made for the following school preojects:

1.Chokhaturi municipality, village Kokhnari public school – the project goal was to promote healthy lifestyle and to build a sport stadium for the youth in the community through advocacy. The teachers and students of the village Kokhnari public school were involved in the project. It was a very important issue as there is very little room in the village where teenagers could entertain.

2. Chokhaturi, village Amagleba public school – the project goal was to teach the elementary school students tolerance towards religious and ethnic minorities in various villages of Guria with the help of puppet theatre. The above mentioned issue is interesting for both students and teachers. Tolerance is the issue that has rather prominent place in the national education plan. Also, approaches towards ethnic and religious minorities is a very sensitive topic. Society has to discuss it a lot. Puppet theatre is a very interesting tool for students to get interested in this issue.

3. Ozurgeti, Saint Father Gabriel parochial school’s project “Triangle”, the project goal was  a) to make parents more active in school life and to establish parents clubs within schools; b) to support the inclusive education; to raise awareness of the issue amongst the society, community and parents of the students with special education needs.

4. Ozurgeti municipality, village Laituri public school project,  the project goal was a) to strengthen the library in public school and to improve the literacy rates, to hold students, parents reading competition in children’s rights and gender issues with the participation of community repesentatives (it is worth mentioning that representatives of religious minority group in Georgia – muslims – study in this school).

In order to inform the public:
The Organization and namely the Component supporting democratization of educational institutions issues a newspaper “Step” in order to release information to the public. Till today, 38 issues have been published (circulation per each issue – 500. Electronic versions of the newspaper are available on the website).

Auxiliary literature prepared on various topics have been published, namely: 

1. Legal monitoring of education system.

2. Heating system monitoring in Guria public schools.

3. Monitoring of school cafeterias and lightning of learning environment in Guria public schools.

4. Monitoring of coverage of general educational issues per frequency and quality in Georgian press.

5. Sanitary-hygenic monitoring of drinking water and loos in Guria public schools. 

6. Monitoring of development-oriented paragraphs in public schools’ budgets.

7. School principal’s report preparation module

8. School regulations preparation procedures.

9.Working procedures of  discipline committee.

The Organization often holds both public and TV discussions with the rubric “civil monitoring”. Topics are the following:

Public discussion:

  • Inclusion of underage in political activities
  • Impact of alcohol and tobacco consumption on teenagers
  • Democratic management structures of school
  • Significance of parents’ involvement in school management.

TV discussion:

  • Bullying in public schools
  • TV discussion – alcohol.