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On 20 November, on World Children’s Day, the EU Ambassador Andrea Wiktorin, the Deputy Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of the Republic of Armenia Lusine Araqelyan and the Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Affairs of the Republic of Armenia Janna Andreasyan participated in the #TakeAction Ideathon at Vanadzor Technology Centre, which was organised with the support of the European Union. The aim of the event was to raise awareness of local communities on human rights protection by engaging children in addressing the issues in the field. The event offered 150 children aged 13-17 from Shirak, Lori and Tavush marzes a platform to learn more about their rights and responsibilities, as well as collaborate on developing creative ideas to enhance the lives of their communities. Children developed 30 projects; three projects won the contest, one per marz.

The EU Ambassador welcomed all the participants: “The EU attaches great importance to the protection of human rights. As a teacher in my first profession, I would like to highlight that it is important for a teacher to continue learning and accepting criticism positively. Students also have the right to make their voice heard. The purpose of today’s event is to teach how to present an idea and make it available”.

The winning projects will be brought to life with the financial support of the European Union. They will promote equal rights in the marzes through community engagement. Coaches from human rights NGOs and educational institutions guided the children in the process of putting together a comprehensive project. The jury was comprised of representatives of regional administrations, NGOs and youth projects.  As a result of the implementation of the winning projects, Azatan community of Shirak marz will have an inclusive playground to ensure equal opportunities of entertainment for all children. The football field of school N23 in Vanadzor city, Lori marz, will be renovated, wheelchair ramps will be installed in the school. Veterans’ Park in Azatamut community of Tavush marz will be renovated as well.