HOW TO TEACH NATIVE HISTORY TO THE PUPILS OF GEORGIAN DIASPORA SCHOOLS
Tbilisi State University / Ministry of Education (GEORGIA)
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Appears in: ICERI2013 Proceedings
Publication year: 2013
Conference name: 6th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 18-20 November, 2013
Location: Seville, Spain
Abstract:• One of the results of the Globalization Process for the New Independent Countries is Formation of ethnic Diasporas out of the native country. This process is the result of political and economical circumstances which is so common for Post-Soviet countries, including Georgia as well. Many Georgian diasporas exist in European Countries and USA. For maintaining national Identity representatives of Diaspora Asked for help the Government structures. Was decided to involve young Diaspora representatives in the Georgian educational sphere.
• The National Curriculum and Assessment Centre drew out learning programs for the pupils outside of Georgian State and evaluated the manuals which were collaborated on the basis of the mentioned programs. These decisions were inspired by the needs of ,,Sunday schools’’ in Georgian Diaspora outside of our country and by the supporting of Ministry of Education and Science and State Ministry Sector for Diaspora issues.
• The three subjects were underlined which have great importance in the surviving national identity for the Georgian people abroad: these are Georgian language, History of Georgia and Geography of Georgia. According to the standard, History of Georgia’s teaching process and content is offered to the pupils in the way which promises to inflame the fundamental values of the native country. History of Georgia in the Diaspora schools which is offered in two steps (8-10 and 10-12 years old pupils) should be taught taking environmental conditions, age specification and possibilities into consideration.
• Those principles were defined which should be stipulated by the teaching History of Georgia between the young representatives of Georgian Diaspora abroad, namely: 1) to arouse the interest towards the history of native country, towards the past and present of Georgian society, to interpret the historical processes which took place in the past of native country; 2) To develop the skills which are needed for communication with Georgian pupils and teachers in Georgian Diaspora and in native country as well, to strengthen the national identity; 3) to generate values of high moral standards on the examples of merit done by Georgian patriots; 4) to facilitate the perception of immediate environment and universe in unity, to perceive the history of Georgia in the context of world history.
Keywords: Learning programs, diaspora schools.