Foundation laid, 1st European School to open in Tbilisi

  • Top Georgian officials and the EU Commissioner for  European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn laid the foundation of the European School earlier today. Photo: Tbilisi City Hall press office., 16 Sep 2019 - 14:43, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian and EU officials have laid the foundation for the very first fully-fledged European School outside the EU borders, which will enroll students from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia and Ukraine at Lisi Lake in Tbilisi. 

Today I am proud to announce that we are laying the foundation for an even larger and more ambitious construction. On this very site, at Lisi Lake, the Government of Georgia, with the support of the European Union, will establish the very first fully-fledged European School in the European Union’s Neighbourhood (In fact, the first ever, outside EU borders!),” EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn stated at the construction site earlier today.

Hahn said that the school will function under the Georgian law and will offer a “unique curriculum that meets the high demands” of the Georgian, European and international education systems.

He stated that with the EU support, many more generations of students from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine will have the opportunity to follow a “unique education model” based on the highest standards, inspired by the European and international values of multiculturalism, peace and tolerance. 

This is just one more example of Georgia demonstrating its commitment to the European idea. I am very happy that the Georgian government has supported this unique project from the very beginning. Georgia is a key partner of the European Union and our presence here together,PM, is a symbol of this close partnership, Hahn said. 

Georgian PM Giorgi Gakharia said that the school is a “new step in the Georgian education system and for the EU-Georgia relations.” 

The students of the school will carry the values which will strengthen our country and help Georgia finally become an organic part of the EU,” Gakharia said. 

 Opening the school is one of the 20 deliverables for 2020, as per the EU’s Eastern Partnership Initiative. 

The school territory will be stretched on more than 26,000 square meters and it will have a campus for 100 students.