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Dec
14

Mass Family Gatherings in Georgia: Tradition of Waste or a Form of Insurance?

There is a Georgian joke that goes: “Relatives are the people you see whenever their number changes”. In other words, relatives all tend to gather when any of them gets married, gives birth or dies. As a result, we frequently observe Georgians organizing mass gatherings to either celebrate or mourn numerical “changes” in their families. While there is a recent trend among the wealthier and better educated people to switch to more intimate, smaller events, the poorer rural people continue to arrange Georgian supras of monumental proportions. A FORM OF CON...
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Guest — NP
Very nice post! I look forward to test your theory when we will get survey data! :-)
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 2:02 PM
Guest — Nino
Thanks. Let us know whether the test will be passed or not
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 2:02 PM
Guest — Eric
What struck me at a Georgian wedding (I've been only to one wedding as I am apparently not a member of any family club) is the amo... Read More
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 5:05 PM
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Dec
07

If You Are So Smart, Why Are You Stuck in Kutaisi?

Rachvelis, the natives of a beautiful highland region in western Georgia, have a reputation for being slow but thorough in speaking and behavior. Whether slow or not, Rachvelis are certainly not dumb. At least according to their performance in the national General Ability Test (GAT). In 2012, students from Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti (R-L-KS) were 2nd (!) after Tbilisi on the average GAT performance (Chart 1). Yet, not as many Rachvelis as one would expect end up in the best Georgian universities (Chart 2), which, judging by the average GAT perform...
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Guest — Nino
Thanks for dedicating such an interesting post! Indeed, distance appears to play a role in choosing the university. However, I wou... Read More
Monday, 24 June 2013 1:01 PM
Guest — RT
Is there a link to Chanqseliani, 2012 ranking?
Monday, 24 June 2013 8:08 PM
Guest — Eric Livny
http://css.ge/index.php?lang_id=ENG&sec_id=56&info_id=498 This is the link to her paper
Monday, 24 June 2013 8:08 PM
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Dec
06

How Can Georgia Raise a Creative Generation

BRAIN DEVELOPMENT IN CHILDREN  Every human is born with billions of neurons or nerve cells, which form networks to process and transmit information. The structure of neuron networks constitutes the foundation for learning, memory and other cognitive abilities.  At birth, a baby’s brain is in an unfinished state with connections between the neurons minimally determined by genes. In other words, a newborn’s brain contains mostly isolated or unconnected neurons.  After birth, the brain undergoes extraordinary changes and starts forming networ...
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This is really innovative ideas and it was helping to improve your education system. With the help of this new idea's you can impr... Read More
Saturday, 12 December 2015 5:05 AM
Guest — NinoMaghradze
Really good article!!! I loved especially the part of the role of music and I am really concerned that lots of musical schools hav... Read More
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Nov
23

Georgia’s Ravaging Nepotism

Georgian media is full of stories about nepotism and the funny justifications of those involved: When Irakli Garibashvili, still being Minister of the Interior, was confronted with nepotism allegations, he replied: “Don’t you know that a relative of your wife is not your relative?” When the 23-year-old brother of Vice Prime Minister Kakhi Kaladze’s wife was appointed head of the City Hall’s department for education, sports, and youth affairs, Tbilisi Mayor Davit Narmania stated that he had “known him for a long time and did not consider any oth...
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Oct
31

In Search of Light in the Hearts of Delinquent Juveniles

Tea Lobjanidze, an education specialist and writer, works at the Avchala juvenile prison. She is a member of the Education and Management Team (EMT), a group of professionals committed to formal and informal education of children. In an interview she gave to ISET-PI’s Lasha Lanchava, Ms. Lobjanidze tells about the realities faced by Georgia’s at-risk youths and her vision of how Georgia can improve the lot of its children. Lasha Lanchava:  Dear Tea, we would like to thank you very much for finding the time to share your experience with us. We believ...
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Sep
21

Georgia’s Shrinking Population

“Georgians would have half a child if there was such a possibility”. Armenian Bishop Vazgen in Kita Buachidze’s Black Book   According to the population projections of the United Nations (constant fertility scenario), by the end of this century the Georgian people will count only 2.8 million. In 2013, Georgia has been among only 19 countries in the world with a population that decreased year on year. An aggravating factor is the sex ratio of babies, which in Georgia is heavily skewed towards males. While globally about 107 boys are born per 100 girl...
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Eric Livny
Having read this article, I am utterly confused. Should Georgia be worried about having not enough or too many children? (and how... Read More
Monday, 21 September 2015 3:03 PM
Guest — Adam
Most of the population decrease in Georgia is due to migration. The Georgian economy does not provide many opportunities for worke... Read More
Monday, 21 September 2015 4:04 PM
Nino Doghonadze
Eric, you are asking difficult questions but I will try to answer below:"Should Georgia be worried about having not enough or too ... Read More
Tuesday, 22 September 2015 8:08 AM
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