The aim of the program "Parents meeting" is to give an opportunity to wider public to be informed about issues, events, programs and prospects of education. The purpose of the program is to create an opportunity for the dialogue between education officials, pedagogues and parents.
Since the creation of the world, there have always been both good and evil, and their fight continues to this day. Generations come and pass with that fight, and each human being learns to live fighting in their turn. The fairy tales are the instruction guide that teaches how to fight against evil, how to live correctly and effectively and not lose oneself among cannibals, witches, fairies, and miracles.
Ara Atayan, teacher at Aregnazan Educational Complex and lecturer at YSU
In their everyday simple actions, in ordinary talks with children, and in answering children's questions, parents inadvertently become the axis of discovery and knowledge of the world for the new human. Then the phase comes in the life of the new human when, through parents, values, principles, notions and attitude toward important things are formed. How to give children healthy and developing prerequisites before entering into the new life to build a happy life?
- Hrachya Amiryan, psychologist
When the important stage of childhood and adolescence suddenly gets accompanied with the child’s serious mistake, shortcoming, unconscious action, how does this affect the child’s future and later life? What happens when because of their actions children collide with the norms, laws and justice of the society... The causes of this phenomenon, the influence of the environment, correct and incorrect reactions...
- Anna Sargsyan, psychologist, lawyer, pedagogue
The more humanity develops and advances, demonstrating great achievements in different spheres, the more urgent the issue of human's living in harmony with nature and with the Earth becomes as well as the necessity of ecological education.
- Melanya Davtyan, expert on ecological education at Ministry of Education and Science; Kristine Hovsepyan, communications and outreach manager at Armenia Tree Project
When there are peace and harmony in our inner life, it brings harmony to our external life and relations also. Psychologists have various means to solve people's psychological problems. One of them is the usage of art's influence. Besides the beneficial influence of art, fairy tales, sand or music, there is also a means called "dance therapy." What is it, how does it affect people, in which cases?
- Verzhine Ter-Gasparyan, clinical psychologist
If a child is not accepted by other children and is constantly bullied, parents perhaps will say: "You'll still have good and real friends later in the entire course of your life." But this is not a solution to this problem. Its consequences, both in case of the oppressed child and the oppressor, leave traces not only in their present life but also in the entire course of their later life.
Narine Abrahamyan-Tovmasyan, psychologist at Naggashian Child Home Center and Child Assistance Center in Abovyan
We try to instill healthy habits in our children since their birth. Simultaneously we struggle with bad habits, which can gradually become addictions, and then an addiction itself guides our days, thoughts, actions, and sometimes even the whole life. We mainly easily cultivate habits, but it is very difficult to refrain from bad ones or get rid of addictions.
- Arman Begoyan, psychologist, psychotherapist, chief specialist at Hilfmann Psychological Services
For already two years, the Teach for Armenia Educational Foundation has been providing village schools with young specialists armed with knowledge and potential who decide to devote their abilities to village schools at least for two years. Who are they, what do they seek and what do they change in their own life and in the environment where they appear?
- Anush Kostanyan, Director of the Department for Training and Support, Teach for Armenia;
- Teny Avakian, Director of the Department for Recruitment and Selection, Teach for Armenia
In the education sphere, behind each figure and action there is the child, there are the generation and the future that we're creating today as a result of our efforts and our shortcomings. At the Davos Economic Forum, that was held in the beginning of this year, the new ranking index of the education sphere of different countries of the world was publicized, including that of our country's education. The published report has many interesting things for us, more disturbing than pleasing. The analysis and interpretation of those figures in comparison of the rest of the world make our problems clearly visible and show the possible solutions and our tasks.
- Serob Khachatryan, lecturer at YSU
New Year and Christmas are holidays that connect us, the adults, with our childhood. And this connection occurs through our memories and thanks to our children. Children take us to our childhood with their words full of excitement and expectations and at the same time they share with us their colorful dreams and festive feelings. Adults, don't miss these bright strings that take us to our childhood!
New Year is the most important holiday in our calendar and in our lives; it's children's favorite holiday, the most popular and the longest. We have so many tasks and expectations at New Year... But in all of this we have more troubles than a holiday, in all of this we have no holiday and festive feelings. How to be happy and make children feel happy during holidays?
Narine Tovmasyan, psychologist
There are so many deficiencies in children's life in our country, so many tasks to do, and so many problems essentially affecting the quality of children's life that a large field is open for activities of many non-governmental and international organizations. UNICEF has been working in our county since 1994 while it has existed in the world for 70 years. What are the most sensitive and weak spheres in children's life in our country, and the most evident and realistic solutions for their problems?
- Zara Sargsyan, Communication Officer at UNICEF Armenia
Computers, modern technologies and the Internet have swallowed children and their entire free time. At the same time, many children achieve success through those same computers, Internet and knowledge in that field. How to organize children's activities in the IT sphere so that they may gain profit, knowledge and skills from it, make it a tool for creating their future and not lose their health and time in vain?
- Aram Gyumishyan, Deputy Director of the Tumo Center for Creative Technologies
Life is full of strikes against family that harm children. Parentless and homeless children or such that appear in the streets because of social problems, often can only put their hopes in the society, philanthropists, and non-governmental organizations. And these take care of children not by separating them from their families but by making children's bond with their families even stronger and eventually returning children to their families and to a normal life.
- Nune Geghamyan, head of the "Our Hope" program at Nagashian House for Children, Mother See of Holy Ethchmiadzin
All normal parents consider the investment made into their children's education the most serious one in their children's life. And they direct most of their efforts to that. Education takes effort, time, finances, and nerves from us. And what do we receive in return? What do children receive as a basis for their life? What do parents receive to not worry for the future of their children? Will education help our children become successful, self-sufficient, happy, and ready for this life's challenges?
- Ara Atayan, teacher at Aregnazan Educational Complex, lecturer at YSU
Only in recent years has our society learned that its very "innocent" methods of child education are in fact psychological or physical violence against children. The cases when our compatriots use violence against their own or other children are not few in our city and country. What does statistics say? What are the conclusions of the specialists? What mechanisms of protection and prevention are used? It is the adults' duty to protect children, because children are not able to protect themselves.
- Zaruhi Hovhannisyan, publicist, human rights activist, coordinator of the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Women
It is in the family and through the family that children see and discover the big world still unknown to them. If children see love, sincerity, and care in the family, they gather it all as spiritual supplies and enter into life with them, becoming a person who carries, continues and conveys it all. While if they see insincerity, indifference, and aggression, these will become the children's way of communicating with the world. Who and what role has in the accomplishment of this difficult and responsible task, what should be done by family members, and what awaits children in an unfavorable family?
- Narine Abrahamyan-Tovmasyan, psychologist
Ayb Club and the Ayb Educational Foundation are the basis on which Ayb School and later Dilijan Central School as well as many educational programs and initiatives were created. When Ayb School's foundation was being set up, the founders presented it as an Armenian educational brand in the world: "The generation that comes out of Ayb is able to achieve not only professional heights but also be in the center of world developments."
What do Ayb's past activities show? What has been accomplished in line with the original idea and vision? What is the school of the future like, the school that is close to the contemporary world and what the modern Armenian generation deserves.
- Davit Sahakyan, Executive Director of the Ayb Educational Foundation; Aram Pakhchanyan, Head of Ayb School
In our future plans, we imagine our grown up children with many achievements and bright career, also happy. . . And, of course, we see them in the future having a good financial income: they will not face financial difficulties, they will reach such a state that they will always have enough money for themselves and for their families. But will they be able to be happy no matter they have money or not?
- Vaneni Vardanyan, psychologist at Dilijan Central School
In 1993, our country joined the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. During over 20 years, many issues concerning children have been revised and reevaluated in many families, but there are still many families that have not been able to accept that children may also have rights. We have both governmental and non-governmental laws, documents, organizations and commissions that work in favor of children. However, the experts that are concerned about children's rights have observed many cases of their violations and of violence against children in schools, closed educational environments, and family.
- Lilit Nazaryan, coordinator of educational programs, Open Society Foundations – Armenia
The main task of the parents for their children is to prepare them for safe navigation before they have set off to the open sea, that is, to prepare them, mentally and with necessary skills, for adult life, so that they may take their ship to the port successfully: that they may know themselves, find their place, overcome difficulties, and live a happy and harmonious life.
- Lilit Baghdasaryan, psychologist, head of Recovery College
For October 8, several organizations have initiated an event dedicated to making our city accessible for people with disabilities and reduced mobility. It is aimed at creating a mobile app that will help such people to check up if a particular street or venue is adapted and accessible for them. The city belongs to all of us, and we mustn't neglect the people whose accommodation of life becomes impossible because of other people's irresponsibility, negligence, and indifference.
Artak Davtyan, a young man with disabilities; Varduhi Aramyan, coordinator of the website Matcheli.am and of the Accessible City initiative; Hasmik Soghomonyan, communication specialist at UNDP Kolba Innovative Laboratory
Daring thoughts and stormy feelings, rebellions and disobedience, a desire to oppose everyone, a yearning to embrace the world, to have people and the universe inside the heart, and at the same time a state of spirit when one is alone and lost. This is the transitional age. We the parents must know much about this age because we have a great importance, and it depends on us how child’s adolescence will come to an end, successfully or unsuccessfully, thus happily or failed.
- Meghanush Manukyan, psychologist
The Araratian Baccalaureate Educational Program has been recognized as equivalent to world leading educational programs. From now on, graduating Armenian students will be able to take the international exams in their mother tongue, Armenian, and be admitted to the best universities of the world. Besides, in the coming years, the AB program will be introduced, step by step, into those high schools of Armenia and Artsakh that will be ready to study with this alternative program. It will be available to all those students who pursue serious goals and are ready to overcome the high benchmark of the AB program.
- Davit Sahakyan, Executive Director of the Ayb Educational Foundation; Aram Pakhchanyan, Head of Ayb School