Since 2015 the Public Administration Academy of the Republic of Armenia has been cooperating with Teach For Armenia Educational Foundation. The Foundation, set up in 2013, aims to provide access to education for all Armenian children. To accomplish this goal, the Foundation recruits and trains university graduates who then start teaching in the most indigent schools in the regions of Armenia for two years. Six graduates of PAARA also joined the Teach For Armenia team in previous years.
The Foundation is also successfully implementing the Leadership Development Program for the equity in education and youth empowerment. On December 6, Teach for Armenia organized an information meeting with the Alumni Association and Career Center of the Academy to introduce the Program to the students. During the meeting, recruitment coordinator Angela Avagyan and Hranush Vanesyan, who also participated in the Program and taught English at the Karinj village school in Lori for two years, provided detailed information on the Leadership Development Program, the opportunities and benefits offered, how to apply for participation and answered the questions of the students.
Particular emphasis was made on the fact that the Program provides many opportunities for personal growth of the participants. Starting in their classrooms, they can then make small changes in the life of the community, and then why not participate in systemic changes. By discovering the potential of their students, they can guide them to the solution of community issues that will result in the empowerment and development of those communities.
The meeting ended with the confidence that this year’s graduates of the Public Administration Academy will also be among those who would like to participate in the program and the changes taking place in the country.