Roundtable Held on Education of National Minorities in Georgia

Society Materials 24 July 2007 17:54 (UTC +04:00)

Georgia, Tbilisi / Trend cor.N.Kirtskhalia / The roundtable, dedicated to reforms in education and their impact on national minorities, was held in the office of the Georgian Popular Protector. Attending the meeting were ombudsmen, as well as the European Centre on Minority Issues.

Sozar Subari, the Georgian host and ombudsman, noted that problems of national minorities in the education sphere were relevant. According to Subari, variants to teach the Georgian language in densely minority-populated regions, like Kvemo-Kartli (by Azerbaijanis) and Samtskhe-Javakheti (by Armenians) should be developed.

Andrey Sanjin, representative of the European Centre on Minority Issues, noted that it was necessary to develop special state programs to settle the educational problems of national minorities. "Once national minorities are free of educational problems, they will be able to integrate into Georgian society," Sanjin said.