Georgia to Launch Language Training for Minorities

TBILISI (Armenpress)–Bad command of the Georgian language should not become “an insurmountable barrier” for ethnic minorities to enroll in Georgia’s universities, Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili said today.
According to Georgian news agencies, while speaking at a government session Saakashvili said a special state program envisages bringing hundred ethnic Armenia’s and hundred ethnic Azerbaijanis from Samtskhe-Javakheti and Kvemo Kartli regions, respectively, at preparatory courses, which will help them to then enroll in the universities.
He said it the minorities were not at fault for not speaking Georgian.
“This is because of the fact that we [the authorities] were not well-organized; I want to emphasize that the minorities urge us to teach them the Georgian language,” Saakashvili said.
Alluding to the fact that most of ethnic minority youth prefer to enroll in universities in Armenia, Azerbaijan, or Russia, Saakashvili said it was very important to create conditions wherein “our citizens acquire knowledge not abroad, but in the capital and other cities of Georgia.
In its report last year, the Brussels-based think-tank International Crisis Group outlined the inability to speak the state language as “the minorities” biggest problem.

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