Ukrainian students in Georgia who cannot return to school in their country due to the ongoing war were welcomed to classes in their native language on Monday at Mykhailo Hrushevsky Tbilisi No. 41 Public School, by decision of ‘Irakli Garibashvili, the Prime Minister. , revealed the Georgian Ministry of Education.

The school is spearheading the Georgian government’s recent initiative to open up Ukrainian language sectors in local educational institutions for Ukrainian students who have found themselves stranded in Georgia since Russia invaded the country. Starting from February.

Georgian Education Minister Mikheil Shkhenkeli welcomed students to the school – named after a prominent 20th-century Ukrainian academician – and offered his congratulations on the opening of the mother tongue sector, the ministry said.

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“The opening of the Ukrainian-speaking sector is a clear example of the great support of our sister Ukrainian nation by the government of Georgia and the people of Georgia. The Ukrainian sector ceased to operate at Tbilisi State School No. 41 in 2011, and today I am very proud that for the first time in 11 years, thanks to the efforts of our government, Ukrainian students in Georgia have the chance to learn their mother tongue again,” Chkhenkeli said at Monday’s ceremony.

The ministry said 130 students had expressed interest in joining the Ukrainian language sector at school, adding that qualified teachers had been selected for all classes from professionals who had recently arrived from Ukraine as well as local speaking educators. Ukrainian. Their selection was facilitated in “close cooperation” with the Ukrainian Embassy, ​​the national body added.

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Andriy Kasyanov, Chargé d’Affaires of Ukraine in Georgia, was also present at the opening of classes for Ukrainian students in public schools, the diplomat expressing his gratitude to the Prime Minister of Georgia and the Minister of Education for their support. .

The Ukrainian sector is established in Georgia with official status for the first time since 1999, with all subjects to be taught to elementary, elementary and middle school students in their native language.

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Ukrainian students who, due to hostilities in their country, cannot continue their general education in their country, are enrolled in Georgian schools in a simplified way, with 426 students of different ages already joining classes in Tbilisi and the regions following the government initiative.