Media for Transparent and Accountable Governance (M-TAG), a USAID supported program by the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX),

invites journalists (reporters, correspondents) to participate in the training course in

Education Policy

24 academic hour-long interactive course will be led by lecturer Simon Janashia (Guivi Zaldastani American Academy in Tbilisi, coordinator of education outreach programs).

During the 24 hour-long training course the following issues will be covered:

  • Georgian education system. How is the education system organized in Georgia? What are main system elements, values and mechanisms involved?
  • Social and economic foundation of education;
  • Policy analysis;
  • How to evaluate a specific policy?
  • Global trends and Georgia;
  • Institutional Theory;
  • Main Challenges of Georgia education system;
  • Media and education.

The sessions will be held in April and May, 2016.  The training course will consist from 24 academic hours. The 3 hour-long sessions will be held twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 to13:00.  The sessions will be conducted in IREX office at the following address: Marjanishvili Str. 6, Tbilisi.

The training course is open for Tbilisi based journalists, who are interested in education system and policy analysis and have some experience in preparing materials on this subject.

The participants will be expected to prepare journalistic works on these and related issues.

The training course is organized in the frames of USAID supported M-TAG program implemented by IREX.

The journalists interested in participation in the training course should send their CV and cover letter to the following address: training-georgia@irex.org no later than 6 pm, April 4, 2016.

The cover letter should not exceed one page and should contain information about relevant experience of the applicant (please provide list of materials on education, which you have published and links to them if available). Please explain why you are interested in this training course and how you plan to apply knowledge you will acquire. The number of participants is limited, and applicants will be selected on the basis of provided CVs and cover letters.

Selected applicants will be informed before April 7, 2016.

Lead trainer short biography:

Simon Janashia works as a coordinator of education outreach programs at the Guivi Zaldastani American Academy in Tbilisi. He is also employed by Columbia University, to consult Kyrgyz government on education reform. Simon Janashia is also involved in education research. His primary interest is the education policy adoption process in post-Soviet countries.

Simon Janashia holds his doctoral degree from Teachers College, Columbia University and MA from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Until recently Simon served as an assistant professor at Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia. At Ilia State, he led the change of the curriculum of the education department. Under his leadership new MA program in Education Administration has been established. In years 2004-2009 he has been part of a team leading the education reform project under Ministry of Education and Science Georgia. During these years he headed the National Curriculum and Assessment Center and has lead the development of the new curriculum, textbook development schemes, teacher professional development policies and student assessment mechanisms.

Should you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Contact persons:

Ana Nizharadze

M-TAG Training Manager

Phone: 2 91 26 08 (117)

Ani Murvanidze

M-TAG Program Assistant

Phone: 2 91 26 08 (101)        

M-TAG program is made possible with the generous support of the American people