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All Georgian Children Will Be Required to Know English - Saakashvili Interfax | Aug. 16, 2010 | JRL 2010-154-35 - JRL Home

Georgian SchoolchildrenTBILISI. Aug 15 (Interfax) - Over the next few years the Georgian education system will be revolutionized, and all children starting from the age of five will be required to know English," said country's President Mikheil Saakashvili.

"Over the next four years all schoolchildren will become English-speaking. This means that English will be the language they will know best after their mother tongue, Georgian," Saakashvili said in Batumi on Sunday while meeting with volunteer teachers from the United States, Canada and European countries, who have arrived in Georgia to teach English at schools over the next few years.

"Based on today's needs, children will be taught Chinese, Arabic, Turkish, Russian, as well as other languages," he said.

Several thousands of English teachers from various countries are due to arrive in Georgia very soon, Saakashvili said.

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