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“Speaking for myself”

18 July 2012

Within the framework of the EU-funded “Speaking for myself” project, a summer camp began on 17 July 2012 in Armenia. The project is implemented by “Mission East” and “Bridge of Hope” NGOs and aims to empower all children in Armenia, including children with disabilities and special needs, to play a leading role in their own development and that of their communities through meaningful participation.
The children, who directly participate in project activities, will benefit from extensive capacity development as part of the action. Children have the opportunity to participate in hands-on training in vital areas such as children’s and disability rights, public speaking, advocacy campaigning and multimedia. They will thus gain essential knowledge and skills to speak for themselves, protect and promote their rights and voice their opinion on issues related to them and their lives.
The project will have a direct impact on a target group of 3000 girls and boys 600 of whom have special education needs, from 31 schools in Yerevan and Tavush regions. During the summer camp, Nairi Melkomyan from the “Bridge of Hope” NGO, stressed that the basis of project was the rights of children, stipulated on the European Convention on Human Rights. At the meeting, the members of the camp spoke about the achievements and the obstacles they had faced. ‘The project helped us to overcome all the stereotypes which say that disabled children can’t be an active part of society’ a student from Koghb 2 school in Tavush said. Children from Yerevan stated that the project had helped them organise and manage Pupil Councils in their own schools.

60 children participated in the summer camp. They were elected from Pupil Councils from schools in Yerevan and Tavush.
The EU-funded “Speaking for myself” project was launched on December 2010 and will end in December 2012. The budget of the project is approximately €600,000.




“Speaking for myself”

Within the framework of the EU-funded “Speaking for myself” project, a summer camp began on 17 July 2012 in Armenia. The project is implemented by “Mission East” and “Bridge of Hope” NGOs and aims to empower all children in Armenia, including children with disabilities and special needs, to play a leading role in their own development and that of their communities through meaningful participation. The children, who directly participate in project activities, will benefit from extensive capacity development as part of the action. Children have the opportunity to participate in hands-on training in vital areas such as children’s and disability rights, public speaking, advocacy campaigning and multimedia. They will thus gain essential knowledge and skills to speak for themselves, protect and promote their rights and voice their opinion on issues related to them and their lives. The project will have a direct impact on a target group of 3000 girls and boys 600 of whom have special education needs, from 31 schools in Yerevan and Tavush regions. During the summer camp, Nairi Melkomyan from the “Bridge of Hope” NGO, stressed that the basis of project was the rights of children, stipulated on the European Convention on Human Rights. At the meeting, the members of the camp spoke about the achievements and the obstacles they had faced. ‘The project helped us to overcome all the stereotypes which say that disabled children can’t be an active part of society’ a student from Koghb 2 school in Tavush said. Children from Yerevan stated that the project had helped them organise and manage Pupil Councils in their own schools. 60 children participated in the summer camp. They were elected from Pupil Councils from schools in Yerevan and Tavush. The EU-funded “Speaking for myself” project was launched on December 2010 and will end in December 2012. The budget of the project is approximately €600,000.