Children
 Armenia
Project #1384

Providing education for 150 children in Armenia

by Zartonk-89
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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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Our representative in Martuni
Our representative in Martuni

“Providing education for 150 children in Armenia” project is being held in 10 regions of Armenia. We have achieved a lot of progress while carrying out this project, but we also faced some difficulties that we managed to solve. Such issues we had in town Martuni, Gegharkunik region. We had lack of teachers at the beginning of the project. So again we announced a contest to fill the teachers' vacancy. The teachers had to measure up to certain criterions - possess appropriate knowledge, organizational skills, and experience of working with children. According to these criterions we chose the teachers in Martuni. To raise the effectiveness of the studies, on the second day the best teachers from the regions went to Martuni and taught the children there. These teachers also shared their experience with them. After this our project achieved great progress in Gegharkunik region too, thanks to the project's coordinator in Martuni, our volunteer Vanuhi. The support of the teachers from different regions, and experience exchange helped our progress in this project. Here is what Vanuhi says about the project.

"I'm Vanuhi from town Martuni, Gegharkunik region. I am extremely happy to have the opportunity to realize such an important project in our town. I'm fond of working with the children in need, and helping them get basic education. At first it was quite hard and challenging for us to realize this project, for we were only informed about its idea and had very little experience of working with children. On the second day of the studies, under the supervision of Mrs. Silva, the members of the centre and the teachers from the regions visited us to give a lesson. Having now a model of how to work, we were afterwards able to do more than we had expected. At first we noticed passivity among the children, since they were not acquainted to each other, but soon they made friends and started to communicate also at school. Due to the studies the children started to speak more freely, they got the ability of expressing their thoughts and ideas without shyness.

They had progress in studies, they developed logical thinking, gained knowledge concerning different fields, and we hope that in the future they will be able to use their grounding and skills in different spheres of life. After the studies ended we didn't break our relationship with the children. Moreover, we are planning to have an outing to the country with them next few days. Now the children are having their summer holidays, but we go on having individual studies with each of them".

We thank Global Giving and all our supporters who help us carry out the project "Providing education for 150 children in Armenia" in our community.

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"Marcella with her forget-me-not"
"Marcella with her forget-me-not"

As we have mentioned in our previous report, we implement the project “Providing Education for 150 children in Armenia” in the six regions of the Republic of Armenia (Aragatsotn, Shirak, Lori, Ararat, Gegharquniq and Vayots Dzor) and have quite evident progress. Gandzaqar Community from Tavush Region also joined us. The responsible for the project is Syuzi. Syuzi initiated the choice of project beneficiaries, basing on the criteria which we stated for the project, i. e., bad social conditions, age and reasons for being deprived from receiving education. We went to Gandzaqar, which is one of the farthest Armenian regions. The project participants and trainers met us. The children were very happy and inspired, they freely and truly answered to our questions concerning the project. By the way we went to Gandzaqar on April 24, on the very day when Armenians commemorated the Armenian Genocide Centennial (http://armeniangenocide100.org/en/).

Our project beneficiaries made forget-me-nots; the flower symbolizes the official logo for the genocide centennial.

One of the beneficiaries, Marcella came to us and gave a letter, where she shared her thoughts about the “Providing Education for 150 children in Armenia” project.

We present it to you as well.

“Hello everyone,

I am Marcella, from Gandzaqar Community, Tavush Region. I participate in the mentioned project that is being implemented in our Region.

Let me truly share my thoughts. First of all I'd like to tell you that before my engagement to this project I used to be very shy, low-spirited, did not like to get in touch with others as I had lack of knowledge compared with others of the same age. Bad social conditions were the main reason that I did not attend to my lessons, because I helped my parents to earn our daily bread. Recently one of my friends told me about this project. At first I was shy because of my knowledge lack. Any how I encouraged myself and decided to attend to one training of this project. After the first training I decided to take part in every lesson and training that is being organized in the frame of this project. Here I always enjoy pleasant treatment from everyone. At first I was not very active, after some time I began studying the lessons and to actively participate in every lesson. The environment is always warm and healthy. I always freely discuss and ask questions about the themes that I do not know with trainers and my friends. I also like to play games with children. After the end of the lesson I do not want to go home, because I always enjoy the welcoming, knowledge based atmosphere. Due to this important project I improved my knowledge level, gained many friends and would be happy if this project becomes ongoing. I am thankful to the project donors, to the Global Giving Team, the organizers and everyone who assisted in implementation of this important project in one of the farthest Armenian communities, in Gandzaqar”.  

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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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