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Dreamnight at the Zoo

4 July 2014
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On 28 June Yerevan Zoo celebrated “Dreamnight” for the first time. “Dreamnight at the Zoo” is a global network that unites zoos from Germany, Japan, USA, Canada, Mexico, China and India. The idea of the network is to invite chronically ill and disabled children for an unforgettable evening at the zoo once a year.

Yerevan joined this global network in 2014, inviting more than 60 children with their families to take part in the celebrations. Interactive games and theatre pieces were organised for guests, as well as a special guided VIP tour, during which they had a stroll around the zoo, got to know to the animals, and received unique insights of behind the scenes.
Another part of the event was entitled “Make a Child’s Dream Come True”. In the month prior to the event, children were invited to write letters and share their wishes with the organisers, and were then awarded with “Wish Fulfillment Certificates” and gifts on the night at the zoo. The certificates stated that their wish had been registered and would be realised in a year’s time by one of the supporters of the event.

Head of Political Section of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Mr Dirk Lorenz, also attended the event and awarded the participants with gift packages on behalf of the EU Delegation.
UNICEF Armenia joined in the festivities at “Dreamnight” to promote the rights of children with special needs, including the right to inclusive education. In 2005, the Government of Armenia adopted a concept on this matter, which states, for the first time in Armenia, that children with special educational needs should be given the opportunity to be educated, both formally and informally, with their peers in general education classrooms. Currently there are around 8,000 children with disabilities registered in Armenia. “Dreamnight at the Zoo” has provided an excellent tool to make a first and tangible step towards more respect for these 8,000 “hidden” children and their families in Armenian society.

Dreamnight at the Zoo

On 28 June Yerevan Zoo celebrated “Dreamnight” for the first time. “Dreamnight at the Zoo” is a global network that unites zoos from Germany, Japan, USA, Canada, Mexico, China and India. The idea of the network is to invite chronically ill and disabled children for an unforgettable evening at the zoo once a year. Yerevan joined this global network in 2014, inviting more than 60 children with their families to take part in the celebrations. Interactive games and theatre pieces were organised for guests, as well as a special guided VIP tour, during which they had a stroll around the zoo, got to know to the animals, and received unique insights of behind the scenes. Another part of the event was entitled “Make a Child’s Dream Come True”. In the month prior to the event, children were invited to write letters and share their wishes with the organisers, and were then awarded with “Wish Fulfillment Certificates” and gifts on the night at the zoo. The certificates stated that their wish had been registered and would be realised in a year’s time by one of the supporters of the event. Head of Political Section of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Mr Dirk Lorenz, also attended the event and awarded the participants with gift packages on behalf of the EU Delegation. UNICEF Armenia joined in the festivities at “Dreamnight” to promote the rights of children with special needs, including the right to inclusive education. In 2005, the Government of Armenia adopted a concept on this matter, which states, for the first time in Armenia, that children with special educational needs should be given the opportunity to be educated, both formally and informally, with their peers in general education classrooms. Currently there are around 8,000 children with disabilities registered in Armenia. “Dreamnight at the Zoo” has provided an excellent tool to make a first and tangible step towards more respect for these 8,000 “hidden” children and their families in Armenian society.