Monday, 16 August 2010
Yesterday, all current TLG people in Georgia were invited to Batumi, on the Black Sea coast, to meet with President Mikheil Saakashvili. 2 from Mestia couldn't make the journey due to very bad roads after heavy rains, though they certainly tried, setting off at 0300!
More than 100 of us did meet the man, though. I was ready with a gift from home - one of my photographs of Tbilisi from the year 2000 (see it below); many thanks for the print from some years ago, NWB!
He talked about our coming to Georgia via the TLG programme, his own initiative, and what he hopes it to mean for the country - a chance for the entire country's population of schoolchildren to learn English, an ambitious undertaking which is gradually taking shape. By the beginning of September 2011, there should be more than 2000 TLG volunteers here, one per school, helping to teach English to all grades...