Armenia, acknowledged as one of the cradles of civilization, is a beautiful country with a long and cultured history. It is an intriguing tourist destination thanks to numerous monuments and masterpieces of the Ancient Era and Middle Ages. Armenians have a strong appreciation for the beauty and importance of their country’s landscape and natural resources, which is expressed through their traditions of architecture, medieval miniature painting, carpet weaving, poetry and music

Armenians carry a lot of psychological baggage from a traumatic 20th century, you’d hardly notice it by looking at these gracious, humble and easy-going people. Rather than letting past woes weigh it down, Armenia has built its memorials, dusted itself off and moved on.

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Armenia has made considerable progress in improving the lives of children with improved adoption processes, amendments to limiting legislation, and reforms in health, education and child welfare services. However, despite these developments and the presence of political will, the implementation of laws still remains a problem as few working mechanisms have been established. Without the appropriate amount of resources, both human and financial, the country is struggling to translate these legal provisions into tangible results for children.

Poverty continues to be the major cause of exclusion of children, particularly those living in rural areas, from social services. Despite noticeable progress in reducing poverty rate in Armenia, 41.9 per cent of children under 5 are considered to be poor and 8 per cent are extremely poor.

    13 Jun, 2015
  • Armenia joins our global network

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    We are proud to announce that Armenia has joined our global UM Network! The class joined the Ubuntu Family in late May, but we were still able to conduct the first UM event for them before the end of the school year, and information about the first school to join can already be found on …
  • 08 Feb, 2015
  • Removing barriers

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    For decades, the approach in Armenia has been to exclude special needs children from mainstream schools and place them in separate establishments where they were deprived of a decent education. Now, they are slowly but surely being offered more opportunities like the ones provided at School No. 27. The principal, Susanna Sargsyan, says that “All …
  • 01 Feb, 2015
  • Peer Education, not Fear Education

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    Seropyan is not a teacher, but a member of the AIDS Prevention, Education and Care (APEC) NGO. The organization has charged itself with the task of training 1,400 schoolchildren as peer educators by May 2005 through interactive teaching methods, discussion and games. The end goal is to educate children on a massive scale about the …

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Participating School in Armenia

Macsedan school. Paired up with Özel Asfa school in Istanbul, Turkey

“The Macsedan School of Foreign Languages was founded in 1996 as a non-profit organization. Their goal is to provide students with the opportunity to study foreign languages at a world-class level and integrate into a global community. The school puts great emphasis on cross-cultural education and offers its students high proficiency studies. Intercultural exchange is one of the most important initiatives of their curriculum, so English is used as a global language to interact with students around the world and make learning fun and interesting. Its rating is one of the highest in the Republic of Armenia.

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The Ubuntu Lenses Project is all about exchanging global perspectives with a camera lens and an open mind.

It partners with local schools and organizations around the world to host our programs led by a volunteer community of seasoned photographers. The project provides education, resources, and community to instruct children in the art of photography and encourage them to explore their skills. Promotion and sales of participants’ creations is also provided in the form of photographic prints and products. This helps to sustain financial resources, support our programs, and provide continuing education to its hopeful, young photographers around the world.

We also use some of the photos at our Ubuntu Mail workshops and ask participants to exchange their views on the images, which highlight cultural diversity as well as difficult issues such as war, HIV/AIDS and hunger.

This artistic project is loved by many of our partner organizations. It illuminates a visual voice for the unseen children living in challenging conditions around the world. Ubuntu Lenses inspires creativity and cultivates photography skills with our students through the lens of connecting diverse people divided by cultural, socio-economic, and geographic boundaries.

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Penny Drive Fundraiser

Many corporations, national charities, schools, and local philanthropies have realized the worth of the penny. Through the use of point-of-sale collections, penny drives, and competitive penny fundraisers, thousands of idle pennies can be turned into real dollars for everything from college scholarships to cancer research.

Not only are coin drives an important element in many charities’ fundraising success, they also help elementary and secondary school students learn about values that benefit others. This is why we motivate our partner schools and organizations in the developed world to take part in our Penny Drive Fundraisers.

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Money Smart Children

Managing money is a lifelong skill that everyone should have, and bringing financial awareness to younger generations is very important for the future. Money Smart Children introduces basic yet integral financial concepts to children, such as spending, saving, donating, and investing, with emphasis on the concept of philanthropy. Students use an economic decision-making model and create personal budgets to help them make informed financial decisions. Younger students practice their skills in identifying and counting coins, while older students gain experience with data tables and bar graphs.

The students also collect coins over the course of the unit. They then identify a need in their community with an economic decision-making model, select an organization to receive their money, and present the gift.

They can also choose to make a symbolic gift of change for the needs of their partner school. Ubuntu Mail enables the transaction and our ambassador in the partner country will follow and record each step of the process so that the donating students can see the results of all their hard work.

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