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Lado Apkhazava – one exceptional teacher’s recipe for unlocking Georgia’s human capital potential

Mercy Tembon's picture
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Lado Apkhazava and Mercy Tembon

I am very happy I met Lado Apkhazava, a truly gifted, committed, and professional Civics Education teacher from Guria - one of Georgia’s poorest regions. Lado’s innovative and student-centered approach is transforming the culture of teaching and learning at his public school in Chibati.

ლადო აფხაზავა – ერთი გამორჩეული მასწავლებლის რეცეპტი საქართველოს ადამიანური კაპიტალის განვითარებისთვის

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Lado Apkhazava and Mercy Tembon
ძალიან მიხარია, რომ ლადოსთან შეხვედრის შესაძლებლობა მომეცა. ის, მართლაც, ნიჭიერი, საქმისთვის თავდადებული და სამოქალაქო განათლების პროფესიონალი მასწავლებელი აღმოჩნდა. ლადო საქართველოს ერთ-ერთი უღარიბესი რეგიონიდან - გურიიდანაა. მისი ინოვაციური და მოსწავლეზე მორგებული მიდგომა სწავლებისა და სწავლის კულტურას ჩიბათის საჯარო სკოლაში მნიშვნელოვნად გარდაქმნის. 

Investițiile în micuțul Radu sunt investiții în viitorul Moldovei

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Moldova Human Capital

Întrebați pe oricine din Moldova despre cele mai importante atracții ale țării și, probabil, vor menționa vinăriile moldovenești, inclusiv beciurile de la Cricova, aflate la o distanță de aproximativ jumătate de oră de mers cu mașina de la Chișinău și cunoscute pentru cele 120 km de tuneluri subterane. În 2002, complexul vitivinicol Cricova a fost distins cu Ordinul Republicii pentru contribuția sa la dezvoltarea economiei naționale.
Totuși, adevărata bogăție a Moldovei nu este subterană. E situată chiar la suprafață, reprezentată de oamenii săi.

Investing in young Radu is investing in Moldova’s future

Anna Akhalkatsi's picture
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Moldova Human Capital

Ask anybody in Moldova about the country’s most-popular attractions and they’ll likely mention Moldovan wineries, including the Cricova Wine Cellars, located about half an hour’s drive from Chisinau, and famous for having 120km of underground tunnels. In 2002, the Cricova wine complex was awarded the Order of the Republic for its contribution to the development of the national economy.
Moldova’s true wealth, however, is not underground. It’s well-above ground, in its people.

The distance between skills and jobs in Moldova

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Also available in: Русский | Română

Walking my dog recently, early on a dark January morning, I noticed a light from a window on the ground floor of the school near my home. I took a peek inside. Somebody was preparing the classroom for a technology education lesson, or what we call in this part of the world a “labor lesson.”

I am not nostalgic by nature, but the sight of the classroom took my mind back to the Moldova of the mid-1980s. That’s when I used to attend such classes.

Decalajul între competențe și locurile de muncă în Moldova

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Plimbându-mi recent cânele devreme într-o dimineață întunecată din ianuarie, am observat o lumină în fereastra parterului unei școli din vecinătate. Am aruncat o privire înăuntru. Cineva pregătea sala de clasă pentru orele de educație tehnologică, sau după cum i se mai spune în partea aceasta a lumii, “lecția de muncă.”

Nu sunt o fire nostalgică, însă vizualizarea sălii de clasă m-a aruncat înapoi în timp în Moldova de la mijlocul anilor 1980. Anume atunci am frecventat și eu astfel de lecții.

Higher education institutions as drivers of innovation and growth in Azerbaijan

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Azerbaijan Education

It’s a cold spring day in Baku, and several students from Azerbaijan State Oil and Industry University (ASOIU) are huddled around a laptop trying to project an image onto their classroom wall.
Once the image is projected, one of the students “writes” on the surface of the classroom wall – as he would on the computer screen – using customized software called CamTouch, which allows the user to turn any surface into an interactive “smartboard”. The student also selects an icon and virtually opens a document with the help of a special stylus.

After three decades of transformation in Georgia – what’s next for the jobs market?

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Georgia Job Market
Celebrating his 60th birthday recently, my father chatted with me about his career and getting his first job. He graduated as an engineer in the 1970s in Austria and faced very different employment opportunities to those I faced some decades later. There were five construction firms, all just around the corner from his home, to which he could apply for a job at that time.

When I finished graduate school in 2016, I applied for work with organizations in five different countries around the world. Suffice to say, the labor market in which my generation is competing is vastly different and far more globalized than the one my dad faced.

Investing today in human capital for a brighter future tomorrow

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Kids in pre-school, Kyrgyz Republic

A young man sitting next to me on a recent flight from Almaty to Dushanbe told me, “I regret that I did not get a better education. I could have had a better job.” He is one of many Central Asian labor migrants doing low-skilled work in neighboring countries. He continued, “I’m telling my brothers and sisters to study hard if they want to have a better life.”

It was an important reminder about the responsibility we have as a society to ensure that young people like him get the education they deserve.

In light of the technological revolution we are witnessing today, the promise of education is becoming even more important. Emergence of robotics, autonomous transport, artificial intelligence and machine learning will transform the way we live, the way we work, and the skills we will need for work. Some jobs will disappear and some that don’t even exist today will become commonplace. What is certain is that education will be critical to succeed in the new reality.

While Central Asian countries inherited high-levels of adult literacy and education attainment from the Soviet period, the region has since experienced a visible decline in the quality of learning. Students here often lag behind in such basic skills as critical thinking, reasoning, and problem solving.

Why PISA is an important milestone for education in Belarus

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When students’ skills and knowledge are measured internationally, some countries get a big surprise – especially countries considered to have top-quality education. Take Germany, for example.

Germany’s first PISA results, in 2000, revealed low performance among students compared to their peers in other countries – this was called the “PISA shock”. Fortunately, this outcome triggered large-scale education reforms in Germany, leading to greatly improved PISA performance.

On the other hand, PISA results are sometimes a pleasant surprise. Take for example the high performance in 2012 of Vietnam – a country with low per capita income but, apparently, a very efficient education system.

Around the world, interest in measuring the real learning outcomes of school students has been on the increase. The number of countries participating in the PISA study, managed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), grew from 32 in 2000 to 79 in 2018.

This year, Belarus participated in the PISA assessment for the first time, with support from the Belarus Education Modernization Project, which is financed by the World Bank.