Mrgvlovani, Nuskhuri and Mkhedruli included in UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage
Three writing systems of the Georgian alphabet were included in the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage following the decisions adopted by the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, taking place until 2 December in Ethiopia.
Georgia's written language has produced three alphabets - Mrgvlovani, Nuskhuri and Mkhedruli - which remain in use today.
Mrgvlovani was the first alphabet from which Nuskhuri was derived and then Mkhedruli.
The alphabets coexist thanks to their different functions, reflecting an aspect of Georgia's diverse cultural identity.
Its educational system is based on the Mkhedruli alphabet taught in primary and high school and in the home, while Mrgvlovani and Nuskhuri are practised and taught predominately by its Apostolic Autocephalous Orthodox Church community.