CHALLENGES OF MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION AND THE WAYS OF SOLVING THEM IN THE SAMTSKHE-JAVAKHETI REGION

Gulnara JANOVA

Tina GELASHVİLİ

Maka MURVANİDZE

Forming peaceful coexistence and positive relations between different nations and ethnic groups became a serious challenge in the modern world. Georgia is not an exception in this issue, though there are problems that should be solved on state and regional level. The EU supports Georgia to implement reforms in the education system through different projects. Samtskhe-Javakheti State University (SJSU) together with universities of European and Eastern partnership countries is actively involved in the multicultural education projects and seeks student teachers to be equipped with skills and values that are very relevant to the background of 21st century challenges. Despite the fact that many governmental and non-governmental organizations have carried out a number of activities and events ( in social, economic, cultural and political directions), problems connected with linguistics, religion and culture still exist. The aim is to study the level of multicultural education in different target groups ( student teachers of various ethnicity, religion and culture) at SJSU as a culturally diverse institution in the region, the problems and challenges, such as the awareness of multicultural education, social and economic marginalization, family values, stereotypes, the deficits of new approaches, educational strategies and tools etc. Recommendations based on the results of the survey will promote bringing up educated, active and responsible teachers who will have high civic consciousness and competence to contribute to the upbringing future generation.

Key words: multicultural education, multicultural environment,multilingual, cultural diversity, religious diversity