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On 28 June, Hrazdan High school #13 hosted the final event of the “Support to EU Courses in Secondary Schools and Universities” project. The project is funded by the European Union and implemented in cooperation with the Armenian Ministry of Education and Science.

ARS_1005The project is aimed at expanding teaching on the EU in Armenian secondary schools and higher education institutions, based on the results of the educational component of the EU-funded “Support to the EU communication on reforms in Armenia” project from 2012-2014. Courses on the EU, its institutions, and EU-Armenia cooperation were introduced in 17 secondary schools and 5 higher education institutions across Armenia. The project’s main results included:
• an updated and improved school manual and course programme on the EU recommended by the Armenian Ministry of Education and Science;
• an updated and improved university handbook on the EU; reinforced capacity of teaching staff involved;
• a methodology for students with special learning needs, as well as new student-centred teaching and learning approaches;
• increased awareness and understanding of the EU, its values, policies and institutions, as well as EU-Armenia cooperation, among young Armenians;
• networking opportunities for Armenian schools and universities with counterparts in EU Member States for further cooperation.

ARS_1641The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, attended the event with EU Member State ambassadors, who were greeted with bread and salt. Pupils and teachers form participant schools also came to Hrazdan, where they gave cultural presentations to the guests. After a short concert, Ambassador Świtalski and other ambassadors toured an information fair held at the school, where different EU countries were presented.

ARS_1151Ambassador Świtalski spoke about the role of the EU in promoting education: ‘I want to thank you all for participating and making this project so important. Europe may look very distant to you, few of you may have ever set foot on the territory of the EU; yet, Europe is very close to Armenia. The EU is the biggest donor to Armenia – the contribution of the EU and its member states amounts to almost 60% of all international assistance delivered to Armenia. The EU is important for Armenia, because a strong European Union is good for all Armenians. I hope very much that the legacy of this project will last for a long time, so that the pupils of schools and students of universities will have the opportunity to learn more about the EU, its history and future. Our mission is to develop your country’.

ARS_1194Nune Vardanyan, the advisor of Levon Mkrtchyan, the Armenian Minister of Education and Science, transferred the Minister’s message: ‘Over the past 15 years, the EU has actively supported reforms in Armenia’s education sector. The scope of that cooperation includes science, school education and secondary vocational education. I think that the “Support to EU Courses in Secondary Schools and Universities” project has allowed them to have a complete picture of the potential of EU educational programmes. Cooperation with the EU will continue, which will give our young people access to quality education’.