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Education in Georgia - Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair

Cat on a windowsill with a small Georgian flag in a flower vase.
Find the flag!

Georgia will be the country of honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2018. On this occasion, Education Worldwide will take a closer look at the school system and general education system in Georgia. We offer you the most important websites concerning

  • the education system in Georgia
  • individual education sectors in Georgia
  • education statistics in Georgia
  • authorities & national centers in education in Georgia
  • literature on education in Georgia

And what does all this have to do with the singer Katie Melua? Find the answer here in our webdossier! ;-)
 
Have fun browsing the resources,

Your Education Worldwide Team

Overview of the Education System

Education System Georgia
National Center For Educational Quality Enhancement (Georgia)
https://eqe.ge/eng/static/7/education-system

Country Fact Sheet Georgia: Chapter III Education (2014)

Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (Germany)
http://www.bamf.de/SharedDocs/MILo-DB/EN/...

World Data on Education 2010/11: Georgia
International Bureau of Education, Unesco
http://www.ibe.unesco.org/fileadmin/user_upload/Publications/WDE/2010/pdf-versions/Georgia.pdf 


Individual Education Sectors

Entry to the Tbilisi State University (Georgia) with flags
Entry to the Tbilisi State University (Georgia)
Copyright: Marco Fieber, Tbilisi State University CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Vocational Education in Georgia
National Center For Educational Quality Enhancement (Georgia)
https://eqe.ge/eng/static/79/vocational-education

Overview of the Higher Education System: Georgia (2017)
Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), European Commission   
https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/sites/eacea-site/files/countryfiche_georgia_2017.pdf

Georgia Country Report (2016) (Wissenschaft & Technologie)
incrEAST, International Office, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Germany)
https://www.internationales-buero.de/media/content/Georgia_Country_Report_EN_2016.pdf

Unesco Science Report 2015 - Countries in the Black Sea basin   
http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0023/002354/235406e.pdf#nameddest=235417

Planipolis Georgia (educational policy)
International Institute for Educational Planning, Unesco
http://planipolis.iiep.unesco.org/en/search/site?f[0]=im_field_countries%3A1084


Statistics

Screenshot of the site for educational statistics of the National Statistics Office of Georgia
Screenshot of the site for educational statistics of the National Statistics Office of Georgia

National Statistics Office of Georgia - Education    
http://geostat.ge/index.php?action=page&p_id=206&lang=eng

Unesco Statistics – Education & Literacy: Georgia    
http://uis.unesco.org/country/ge

Human Development Indicators - Georgia    
http://hdr.undp.org/en/countries/profiles/GEO

Georgia Student performance (PISA 2015)    
http://gpseducation.oecd.org/CountryProfile?primaryCountry=GEO&treshold=10&topic=PI


Authorities & National Centres

Picture of the building of the Education Ministry of Georgia
The building of the Education Ministry of Georgia in the capital Tbilisi.

Ministry of Education, Science, Culture And Sport of Georgia     
http://mes.gov.ge/index.php?id=&lang=eng

National Assessment & Examinations Center (NAEC)
https://geonaec.com

National Center for Teacher Professional Development    
http://tpdc.gov.ge/eng/home/

National Center For Educational Quality Enhancement    
https://eqe.ge/eng


Literature

Literature on Education in Georgia
German Education Portal
http://www.fachportal-paedagogik.de/suche/trefferliste.html...


Singer Katie Melua

The Georgian-British singer Katie Melua during a concert in the Arena Trier (Germany) on 12.08.2008
The Georgian-British singer Katie Melua during a concert in the Arena Trier (Germany) on 12.08.2008.

You wonder what singer Katie Melua has to do with Georgia and even more with education in Georgia? Here’s the story:

Katie Melua was born in Georgia in 1984. At the age of 9, she moved with her family to Northern Ireland. In 2018, Georgia will be the country of honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair. As part of the media coverage of the book fair, it was often jokingly said that the only thing most people knew about Georgia would be singer Katie Melua.

And what does the Georgian-British singer Katie Melua have to do with education?

In 2005, the scientist Simon Singh wrote a guest article for the British newspaper "The Guardian". In it he criticized, half in jest, half seriously, that Katie Melua’s song "Nine million bicycles" contained false statements on the history of cosmology.

The relevant song lines read:

"We are 12 billion light-years from
the edge,
That's a guess,
No one can ever say it's true,
But I know that I will always be
with you."

According to Singh, the universe is not 12 billion years old, but 13.7 billion. Moreover, this was not a guess, but a scientifically measured number.

In his article , Singh therefore proposes to change the song lines accordingly:

"We are 13.7 billion light-years from
the edge of the observable universe,
That's a good estimate with
well-defined error bars,
Scientists say it's true, but
acknowledge that it may be refined,
And with the available information, I predict that I will always be
with you"

The singer Katie Melua obviously heard about this critique. With a good deal of humor, she actually set about improving this "scientific flaw" in her song, as journalist James Orr reports in the British "The Telegraph" about two weeks after Singh's article.

The new song lines by Katie Melua are as follows:

"We are 13.7 billion light years from
the edge of the observable universe,
that's a good estimate,
with well defined error bars,
and with the available information I predict that I will always be
with you."

She even recorded them, and you can listen to the result here (in a TED talk by Science journalist and historian Michael Shermer):

Old and new version of the song of Katie Melua, "Nine million bicycles"
Last Update: 10.10.2018  -  N. Cohen ;

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