- Grant Total: $140,000,000
- Grant Committed: $17,419,532
- Grant Expended: $12,806,995
- Signed: July 26, 2013
- Entry Into Force: July 1, 2014
The compact seeks to improve the quality of education in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields and increase the earning potential of Georgians through strategic investments from the start of a student’s general education to graduation from technical training and advanced degree programs. The compact includes a focus on increasing women’s participation in STEM professions.
The compact builds on the success of Georgia’s first compact with MCC, completed in April 2011, which rehabilitated a major highway, improved energy and water security and supported agribusinesses. The investments supplemented Georgia’s efforts to promote stability, good governance and private enterprise development in the years following the 2004 Rose Revolution.
This program aims to improve the quality of general education through rehabilitation of deteriorating schools, training for educators and school managers and support for education assessments. This project consists of the following activities:
- Improved Learning Environment Infrastructure Activity: This activity involves rehabilitating dilapidated school facilities, upgrading utilities and providing science laboratories for approximately 130 Georgian public schools.
- Training Educators for Excellence Activity: Building on the Government of Georgia’s seven-year teacher professional development strategy, this activity aims to improve teaching and school management by training the majority of Georgian public middle and high school English, math, science, and information and communications technology teachers; 2,000 public school principals; and 2,000 school-based professional development coordinators (one per public school).
- Education Assessment Support Activity: This activity seeks to support Georgia’s participation in five international assessments, the implementation of approximately six national assessments focused on math and science and the development of a system of classroom assessment for math and science teachers in secondary schools.
The program aims to improve the link between market-demanded skills and the supply of Georgians with those technical skills. The project consists of the following activities:
- Competitive Program Improvement Grants Activity: This activity will provide an initial investment in programs that develop, test and disseminate innovative and effective approaches to employment-oriented skills development through a competitive grants program.
- Strengthening Sector Policy and Provider Practice Activity: This activity will provide technical assistance to strengthen sector policy to support industry engagement in order to match private sector demand with labor supply.
The program supports the modernization of science, technology, engineering, and math education by offering high-quality bachelor degree programs that boost productivity and increase employment opportunities.