The WAC Parents' club continues meetings dedicated to school education in Abkhazia. 

A meeting dedicated to education innovations was held at the WAC Parents' Club. The speakers of the event were schoolteachers who have recently completed courses on the study of Singaporean educational methods.

The meeting became the second meeting of the WAC Parents' Club on school education. Last time, the Club members discussed how the education system can be transformed to meet modern needs, how to make it the most comfortable and develop skills useful in the modern world for children. At the last meeting, much attention was paid to the Singaporean educational methodology.

The head of the Parents' Club, Kama Kvitsinia, notes that the Club members have a great demand for discussion of topics about school education, so the decision was made to devote a second meeting to this topic.

"We want more parents to get involved in the discussion of our children's schooling. We see that there is a demand for that," said the head.

She noted that today in Abkhazia there are already teachers who have taken courses to study the methods of the Singapore education system. This system is considered one of the most successful in the world.

"There is already concrete experience among teachers who are familiar with these methods and are ready to share their knowledge. In addition to the Singapore techniques, we will also discuss the possibility of using other innovations in Abkhazian schools," Kvitsinia said.

Vera Khagba, a music teacher at one of the private Sukhum schools and at the Sukhum Music College, said that she, together with other teachers, took the first stage of online courses on Singaporean methodology this spring.  

The leader of those courses, Coach Lilia Mukhametshina, is the founder of a workshop of effective pedagogical tools for the comprehensive training and development of happy and successful students. Mukhametshina has already conducted professional development courses with a focus on building 21st century skills and competencies in students for more than 37,000 teachers and school leaders around the world, including Singapore, Colombia, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Russia.

Vera Khagba, in her own way, after completing the courses, actively uses the Singaporean methods in her work.

"In the process of implementing them, I realized that these techniques are effective," the teacher shared. 

Khagba appreciates the fact that the WAC Parents' Club provided an opportunity for teachers to share new knowledge with parents.

"A very important event has happened today. We showed both the positive and negative aspects of the methods of the Singapore education system (so far I see very few negative ones for myself). It would be great if more parents and teachers got access to the information that we presented today. This is very important in order to explain why there is no need to be afraid of the introduction of new technologies in education," said Khagba. 

Maya Tsibulevskaya is a teacher of biology at the Sukhum Secondary School No. 2 and STEM labaratory (the first School of Information Technologies in Sukhum), a methodologist at the Abkhazian State University, a senior teacher at the center for advanced training of teachers. She believes that Singaporean educational methods are universal for every school subject, what makes them very effective. 

"These techniques are universal; they apply to any subject, be it humanitarian, exact or natural. Parents must understand that their children are in a system of continuous self-education, not in the sense that they are thrown into a disadvantaged existence without a teacher, but in the fact that the teacher is a guiding mechanism. That, in fact, is the value of the technique," she said.

Tsibulevskaya noted that a parent is "the same participant in the educational process as a teacher and student." Parents need to understand what their children are facing in the classroom, and this is why it is important to have meetings with parents.

Maya Tsibulevskaya is trying to apply new techniques in her lessons, but she admits that at this stage, she only "imposes" these techniques on a classic lesson.

"If we can implement these techniques on a massive scale, we will get more results from children, much more," the teacher said. 

A frequent visitor to the meetings of the Parents' Club, mother of three children Arda Dzhopua notes that there are certain pros and cons of introducing the Singapore education system into the Abkhazian system.

"Of course, in order to implement this system everywhere in our education system, we first need to study these methods in detail and be sure to adapt them to the Abkhazian realities. We need to try. We cannot completely move away from the traditional education system, but I am in favor of introducing something new," she summed up. 

The techniques of the Singaporean methodology are based on a variety of forms of education, on a combination of academic and entertaining, game material. Much attention in this system is paid to the formation of a cooperative, caring team (class), where everyone knows how to listen, hear and support their partner.

The Parents' Club, a special project at the Discussion Club of the World Abaza Congress, began its work in November 2019. Any parent can become a member of the Club. According to the organizers, the main condition for this is "interest and motivation". The Club hosts meetings with psychologists, pediatricians, and various experts in the field of upbringing and development of children.