Children
 Armenia
Project #1384

Providing education for 150 children in Armenia

by Zartonk-89
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The children are preparing for the Bonus day 1
The children are preparing for the Bonus day 1

"Zartonk-89" NGO continues to realize the project "Providing education for 150 children in Armenia" in various communities and villages of the distant regions of RA.  The organization arranged again a visit to Khor Virap community of Ararat region aiming to hear so important opinions and offers of our beneficiaries - children.  The beneficiaries of the project, the volunteers of the organization, the person responsible for the project of Khor Virap community - Astghik and others were present at the meeting.  The meeting with the children was held at the garden, where the children shared with their offers in the fresh air and surrounded with beautiful scenes of the nature.  Each of them had the opportunity to freely express their own opinion related the future course of the project.  Then the person responsible for the project of the community - Astghik, together with the volunteers of the organization, conducted a small painting contest aiming to let the children depict phenomena and symbols characterizing their future profession through the amazing language of painting.  The children were painting with a great enthusiasm and using colored pencils and papers to illuminate their paintings.  That moment was very important for us because it seemed that the great desire of becoming a good specialist (doctor, musician, engineer, designer etc.) and contributing to our society was growing up in them. 

In the result the children had the opportunity to present their paintings, why they had selected that profession, to ask the questions exciting them.  The representatives of our organization promised the children to conduct such meetings often and provide with popular materials on their professions.  We think that such meetings are very important for children and are aimed at making the children feel the necessity of becoming competent specialist.  At the meeting we presented the children the important Bonus day.  They got informed that it will be held on September 21th and will last from 6:00:01 AM to 23:59:59 PM EDT.  The response of the children was enthusiastic.  They called on our donors to make donations contributing to the project.  Here is Abraham's call to donors.

       Hello, I am Abraham, I live in Khor Virap community in Ararat region.  I want to call on all our donors of our project to make donation on Bonus Day and help my friends and me.  I want to become an engineer and depicted my profession today.  I am very happy that there are people in the world who are ready to help us.

The children are preparing for the Bonus day 2
The children are preparing for the Bonus day 2
The call of Abraham
The call of Abraham

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Vigen  presented the Effectiveness and Engagement.
Vigen presented the Effectiveness and Engagement.

"Zartonk-89" NGO, summarizing "Providing education for 150 children in Armenia" program, wanted to plan with enthusiasm and responsibly the future process and continuation of this program.  Being aimed at the engagement of other regional groups and representatives, as well as valuing the significance and topicality of group activity, the program invited a meeting-discussion.  The program leader Vigen Mkrtchyan, the people responsible for the regional program, the key employees of the organization were present at the meeting.  The Project Leader and the Regional program leader, summarizing the program, presented during the meeting Effectiveness and Engagement platforms in GlobalGiving, their significance and value, the importance of participating in  Webinars, as well as presented how (by what instruments) to get appropriate scores in order to contribute the organization's rating increase in GlobalGiving and how the scores work.

Hello, I am Vigen - the regional program leader and the one who is responsible for the program.  Valuing the program's future process and topicality in our organization, as well as being aimed at hearing opinions and offers of the other representatives through teamwork, I invited a meeting-discussion, during which I presented the Effectiveness and Engagement platforms in GlobalGiving and the DIY Toolkit component, which, was a rapid and effective way to plan the future process of the program and to understand how to implement our program more effectively using the 4 parts of this platform.

We operated EVIDENCE PLANNING component, which is a quick way to make up and improve what we are trying to accomplish with the help of our program.  This component gives an amazing chance to focus on the main activity of the organization or the program and understand the values that will be reached by the organization due to proper planning of the main activity of its program by taking 4 ranges as a platform.  We used this platform to get the logical evidence which, as planned, will help us to solve our problems.

Operating EVIDENCE PLANNING component, my organization and I learned to share easily and fast what we are trying to do in our program.  It taught us to easily understand the effect of our work on our beneficiaries, society, as well as activities of our and other various organizations.  We also learned to plan our future activity as a joint team.  Besides, it taught us to think on how we can be helpful to our beneficiaries by using our basic interests and skills in this large world.  I think this is the primary value learnt by us due to the usage of this component. 

  At the second part of the meeting, the other members and I answered the questions of the EVIDENCE PLANNING component and expressed the answers in pictures.  The meeting was saturated with discussions, various opinions, and offers.  We believe that the teamwork promotes in this way the reinforcement of the primary activity of the program, as well as the engagement of beneficiaries from other regions.  EVIDENCE PLANNING component caused great interest, and we planned with the team leader of the regional representatives to include this component in other programs too. 

As a result, the organization increased its rating becoming Superstar (formerly - Leader) due to team work done with high responsibility.

EVIDENCE PLANNING
EVIDENCE PLANNING
Teamwork
Teamwork
Thank you GlobalGiving! 1
Thank you GlobalGiving! 1
Thank you GlobalGiving!  2
Thank you GlobalGiving! 2

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Gayane during the lesson
Gayane during the lesson

 

       “Zartonk89” NGO is continuing the program “Providing Education for 150 children in Armenia” in different regions of Armenia, where this important and targeted plan has not been done yet. We are representing our success in Vayk, which is situated in Vayots -Dzor region. 22 teenagers have taken part in this project, of which 15 girls and 7 boys, who were left out from the opportunity to receive basic education because of difficult social problems and lack some knowledge for their peers. The program “Providing Education for 150 children in Armenia” is for those, who are considered risky group, that is some of them did not attend schools as they had to do hard work because of poor social conditions and they did not have enough basic education. Those problems affected the stereotypes of the following children of risky group, their psychology was changed and they became more self-contained, underestimated their personal skills and became disappointed. Those things psychologically affect our beneficiaries, who become isolated from both their environment and peers. That is why along with basic education the children are supplied with psychological services that help them to be integrated into the learning process making children more motivated and versed.

            Volunteers of  "Zartonk-89” have left for program implementation place, Vayots- Dzor region, met with training participants and recommended to write a story about the training.  Here is Gayane's story.

Hello, I am Gayane.  I am 14, from Vayk community of Vayots- Dzor region.

I was selected to participate in “Providing Education for 150 children in Armenia” program.  I had attended the High School of Vayk, but then I could not continue my education, receive the needful basic education necessary to a person for interaction in the environment, have indispensable knowledge because of my social conditions. I am very happy that I was given the opportunity to participate “Providing Education for 150 children in Armenia” program in Vayk.

At the program available trainings were organized through games.  The material was provided easily.  That's the reason that program participants took participation in the training with great interest, without being absent from classes, highlighting the role of basic education in their lives. The training gave me new knowledge, I became more spirited and sociable, acquired new friends. The learning process was goodly organized through games, which made the learning process more interesting. First of all, I met many good and kind people. Everything was very interesting, especially the organization of the training games and classes in the nature.

The used learning methods were very interesting, especially the fact that we also were participating in the training presenting additional information.  I would like that such training programs be more, those would include new beneficiaries, and new teenagers would take advantage of educational programs.  First of all, I want to thank the program supporters, Global Giving team, and the organizers for implementing such an interesting and training program.

Our beneficiaries are making badges
Our beneficiaries are making badges
During class
During class

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Teacher
Teacher's retraining

Our “Providing Education for 150 children in Armenia” program was launched in communities of Shenik, Shaki and Vayk in February.  A retraining for learners from 3 regions was organized immediately after preparatory activities.  We selected the learners taking into consideration the following criteria; their age, experience of working with children from vulnerable groups, motivation, psychological skills and abilities of working with children and used the best practice implemented in 7 communities.  Didactic and interactive means were used during the retraining course, a successful practice implemented in various regions was presented, the curriculum worked out beforehand was presented in detail.  At the beginning of the course heads of the classes from 3 communities arrived, asked questions concerning them to the leader of the program and received full answers to their questions.  The retraining teacher, Astghik, will present in detail the report of the retraining course.

I am Astghik.  At the seminar I presented in detail how to start the project step-by-step.  In order to start the project in their regions the trainers first of all should make a list of participants. For this purpose, they should search for 10-15 year-old children yielding the basic education among their acquaintances and relatives, as well as in schools.  After completing the list they should speak with the parents of the children, inform them about the project and receive their approval, so that their child can freely participate in classes of the basic education.  After making the list they arrange with the administration of the school about receiving a class for starting the courses.  To come to an agreement with the children on days and to organize the classes in accordance with the plan.  Children having psychological problems must receive a support of psychologist. 

At the retraining course I shared with my experience and acquired skills with the participants, presented the best works from other communities. For example, to ask the children after lessons what they liked and what didn't, what offers they have. To be friendly with the children, not to put a teacher-pupil border, because our task is to teach the children through games and contests. 

The goal of the retraining was to produce such trainers, who would create an environment, where children would be easy, interact with each other and would help the children to perceive the material worked out beforehand in accordance with the curriculum.

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Arus who is the project coordinator in Hrazdan
Arus who is the project coordinator in Hrazdan

In October 2 members of the monitoring group of our organization visited to 7 communities (Byurakan, Arapi, Vanadzor, Khor Virab, Martuni, Hrazadan and Gandzaqar), where “Providing Education for 150 children in Armenia” project is being implemented. During the meetings they talked to the beneficiaries, their parents and tutors about project importance and implementation in their communities. The children who haven't gotten enough education because of different reasons (social bad conditions, parentless and etc.) from their compeers, in the result of trainings they obtained basic knowledge and continued their education at school. Especially they mentioned on the following subjects: Math, Armenian language, Geography and History.

The impression is that in Vanadzor city the children get basic knowledge with the help of netbooks. They learn how to use netbook for getting basic knowledge.

In Arpi community of Shirak region where 15 beneficiaries are participated in our project, 2 of them who are socially needy children are involved in trainings. The other participants of the project are assisting them .The tutors are conducting with them individually as well.

The trainings were well organized in Khor Virap as well. There were children who even didn't know the letters in that community. Thanks to hard work of the tutors they learnt to read and write. They started to learn the other subjects as well.

In all communities we have progress, in each community the number of beneficiaries is 15-16. During the training our beneficiaries acquired basic knowledge, became more confident and encouraged. In the result we have planned to implement this project in 3 communities: Shenik, Shaqe and Eghegnadzor as well. We talked to Arus who is the project coordinator in Hrazdan.

Hello. I am Arus from Hrazdan. I am responsible for youth journalist center in Kotayk region and also the coordinator of “Providing Education for 150 children in Armenia” project  in our community. The project was beneficial for me, the tutors and the participants. Due to this project we overcame all the problems appeared for them that even the tutors couldn't do.  During this project we could give the children basic education due to which they became more self-confident and encouraged. We managed to reveal their strong and weak sides and give them new skills. In that short period we became their tutors and friends. The 15 beneficiaries liked us and our project. Every time after the training they asked for additional individual trainings.  The parents of the beneficiaries are satisfied for the project as well. The participants of the project are socially needy children. The first day they were constrained and ashamed to communicate and we managed to involve them in the discussion during the project. Even the tutors and the director thanked us for the project. I and my team are very excited from the project and grateful to give us such an opportunity. We hope the project will be continued, we will have an opportunity to work with children which will be useful for them.

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Zartonk-89

Location: Yerevan, N/A - Armenia
Website: http:/​/​www.zartonk89ngo.blogspot.com
Project Leader:
Silva Vardanyan
Responsible for Foreign Affairs
Yerevan, N/A Armenia

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