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Tbilisi reorienting at Farsi2010-11-09 19:36
English teachers have not been in fashion for long in Georgia. After the scandal with one of the volunteers who turned out to be homosexual, President Mikheil Saakashvili has abruptly changed his language orientation: Georgia started inviting teachers of Persian, or Farsi, so long as Georgians should learn the language of their new economic partners and potential tourists. US are said to approve of Sakarvelo's turn towards Iran. Got tired of maintaining the sample of Caucasian democracy?
The Georgia-Iran thaw has touched the cultural field. Georgia decided to speak Persian, as though we were living not in 2010 but somewhere in the fifteenth century. At that time, Georgia was the Persian shah's vassal and the aristocracy was uniformly reading Nizami Gyandzhevi in original. The Georgian language was hidden from Persian cultural expansion in monasteries.
Today, the knowledge of their native language is not enough for the Georgians to get to the top of society. Russian, which opened a wide perspect in Soviet times, was replaced by English. Without the knowledge of American partners' language, teachers will soon be unable to work at school and the school and university graduates won't get their diplomas and certificates.
These standards were introduced by Mikheil Saakashvili before the new school year started. 10 million laris were allocated for the country's Englinization. That's the salary fund for a thousand of the so-called volunteers that came from western countries (usually, they work for free) on the government's invitation.
Foreigners came to teach the children upon the Georgian leader's call. Many of them have got no certificate of education, not to mention any pedagogical experience and the knowledge of the language of the inviting country. No wonder there are a lot of adventurers among the guests, including sectarians and people with non-standard sexual orientation. Migrant workers are successfully squeezing high-skilled local teachers from the Georgian educational institutions.
At the beginning of November, Georgian journalists came across a ribald Internet-page of one of the "imported" teachers. Almost all of Thomas Fletcher's friends in the social network turned out to be gays and, judging by photos, he himself has got nothing against sex with men. A person like that has been entrusted with teaching children in Zugdidi. The question is, what is he going to teach them?