Today, at the Administration of the Government of Georgia, the presentation of the second stage of the project "State Language for Clergy" of the State Agency for Religious Issues was held.
On November 1, the State Agency for Religious Issues, together with the Z. Zhvania School of State Administration, is launching the second stage of the project "State Language for Clergy”, in which the representatives of the Muslim community of Georgia, the Diocese of the Armenian Orthodox Church, and the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Georgia will participate. Religious leaders also expressed their desire to learn the Georgian language.
The invited guests were welcomed by the chairman of the State Agency for Religious Issues, Zaza Vashakmadze, who emphasized the importance of the project and noted that it would contribute to the better integration of representatives of different religions in the society. Before that the Agency employees will provide training on "secularism and religious neutrality" to the trainers of Z. Zhvania school.
Director of Z. Zhvania School of State Administration, Ketevan Jackeli, noted that the school would constantly monitor the teaching process. And the trainings would be held in Tbilisi, Akhalkalaki, Marneuli, Gardaban and Mughanlo.
The State Agency for Religious Issues, in September 2019 launched the project "State Language for Clergy", within the framework of the which a memorandum of cooperation was signed with the School of State Administration named after Zurab Zhvania. Clergymen of the Muslim community participated in the first stage. The trainings were held in Marneuli, Dmanisi and Sagarejo districts.
From December 2019, the clergy of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church began to study the state language. It was immediately noted that at the next stage, the clergy of the Apostolic Administration of the Caucasus and the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church of Georgia would join the project.
Today's presentation was attended by: Nino Chavchavadze, Head of Strategic, Research, Analysis and Regional Service of the State Agency for Religious Issues, Etibar Eminov, Mufti of Eastern Georgia, Giorgi Eminashvili, Deputy Director of Zurab Zhvania School of State Administration and the representatives of various religious organizations.