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Georgia - Teach and Learn with Georgia Programme

"Teach and Learn with Georgia" is an innovative programme promoted by the President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili. The purpose of this programme is to increase the level of English in Geogia by providing English teaching from the first year of Primary education and by giving each child of this age a free laptop produced by the US non-profit organisation "One Laptop Per Child".

The regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which are at the moment outside the control of the government, will receive the free laptops as well, and the distribution will be made under "international control".

At the same time, the President of Georgia has encouraged local broadcasters to start TV English language courses and TV stations to screen English films with subtitles instead of dubbing.

In addition to this, the government plans this year to recruit 1,000 qualified native speakers of English in order to fill the teaching positions offered by this programme, but no further details were revealed on these recruitment plans.

Starting from January 2010, the government in Tbilisi started free English for work courses for the city's residents.

All these measures seem to shed light on how the government sees the imperative need for improving the English level of Georgian society.

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