DCM Elizabeth Rood’s comment to the media on the sidelines of the Conference on School Management and Leadership (September 9)
DCM Elizabeth Rood: I am very pleased to meet and greet the school directors and educators who are here today for this year’s conference on School Leadership and Management. The United States’ Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation has financed a very intensive series of trainings, and it is now up to the educators who will be participating today to modernize the educational system. This training and the conference today is part of a large, $140 million dollar program of the United States’ Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation. It is an investment in all of Georgia’s educational system, and we expect up to 1.7 million people to benefit from the trainings provided through this investment. I would like to congratulate all of the educators here today for their commitment to improving their skills in school leadership and management. And I would also like to recognize the commitment of the Minister of Education and Science, Mr. Jejelava, for his commitment to supporting his teachers as they try to implement all the training they will learn today in their schools. The United States’ Government over the past 25 years of our diplomatic relations has made a very great investment in Georgia’s educational system and in Georgian students. We are partnering with the Georgian Government today to provide improved educational and employment opportunities for all the citizens of Georgia. That is why we are especially excited that this is the first training that will be provided in the same format, in the same content, to all of Georgia’s ethnic minority students in their respective languages.