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submitted by Nikoloz Meskhishvili, Social Partnership Support Division at Vocational Education Development Department of the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, on 8 January 2014
The 2013-2020 VET Development Strategy of Georgia is a VET policy defining document. The Strategy represents the Government's vision for the future development of vocational education in Georgia.
Drafting of the Strategy was informed by a broad consultation process, drawing upon the opinions and expertise of employers, trade unions and employees and their representative institutions, national and international VET specialists, civil society organisations, members of the donor and NGO community, and a range of public and private education institutions offering or wanting to offer VET programmes, including VET colleges, community colleges, general educational institutions and universities.
In elaborating the Strategy, the Government has taken into account its socio-economic objectives for the reduction of poverty within a more equitable and inclusive society and the broader reforms designed to bring that about within the context of dynamic economic growth and development. Notice has been taken of national and sector priorities, current education challenges, particularly as they apply to VET, and solutions developed and adopted in Europe and elsewhere, as well as the changes taking place in the education and VET framework in the European Union and the Neighbourhood countries.
The Strategy embodies the principles of inclusive education, human and child rights and gender equality. It considers access to education and the opportunities of VET to be a right of all segments of the population, regardless of social or economic grouping, or geographic location within the state of Georgia. The Strategy sets a number of priorities and goals, achievement of which through implementation of the Action Plan will facilitate the sustainable development of human resources:
their capacities and potential; individual opportunities for employment, self-employment, income generation, and personal fulfillment; as well as the overall socio-economic development of the country and poverty reduction by meeting the needs of the current and future labour market demand for skills and expertise.
Successful realization of the Strategy cannot achieved by one ministry alone, but requires the active participation of the Government through the activities of several ministries and agencies, as well as the active engagement of employers, employees, and their respective representative organisations; educational institutions; teachers, students, their parents, and civil society as a whole.