Ambassador Kelly’s Remark to Media at Akhaltsikhe School N1 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony (December 13)
Q-n about the event
Ambassador Kelly: It is a real honor for me to participate in the opening of this school. It is both an honor and a pleasure. I think this is the most exciting thing that I do as an ambassador because this is all about Georgia’s future. And it really gives me great pleasure to know that the American people have renovated thirty schools and are renovating or plan to renovate another sixty or even sixty five schools. This is, I think probably, the best investment that we make; the renovation and equipping of these Georgian schools.
Q-n about investment type
Ambassador Kelly: Well, there are several directions that the Millennium Challenge Account takes, and it really is from the earliest ages through university. One part of it is rehabilitating and equipping these schools, but I think probably the major part of it is helping Georgia build a STEM curriculum: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics through San Diego State University, and we would like to help Georgia move into the 21st century — the information based economy — and that is what the San Diego State program does. We are also helping with vocational training, and it is all done in partnership with the Ministry of Education. I think the most important thing is that this is a common goal of both the United States and Georgia.