Pre-school ProjectIn 2010, we made a start in Haykavan with pre-school education in Armenia. After consultation with the school and the major of Haykavan, we decided that we will be working with three institutes for childcare after schooltime. These institutes are situated in villages around Gyumri in the northern region Shirak Mar: Haykavan, Voskehask and Amasya. Soon we received the request from our partner Crossing Roads in Vanadzor, located in the nearby region Lori Marz, to participate with three schools: their own day-care centre and schools in Qarintsj and Debed. In the summer of 2012, the schools from Azatan, Nahapetavan and Qeti in Shirak Marz joined the pre-school project.
All the more reason why little children, under the guidance of their teacher, need to learn how to take responsibility for their own planning. By working together with the receiving primary school intensively, we hope that this line of thought will be continued in the primary schools.
In our opinion, it is of great importance that the Armenian culture and way of thought is going to be interwoven in the project. Of course the Dutch model will be adapted by the inhabitants of the villages where the project is running. We attach importance to the stories and music of the rich Armenian history. The pupils going to the primary schools receive a hand-painted sculpture of an Armenian king or queen, as a keepsake.
In the summer and fall of 2011 and the summer of 2012, the foundation alvan tsarik took care of trainings so that the nursery school teachers could familiarize oneself with handle things differently. About fifty nursery school teachers and teachers of the first two forms of the primary school worked enthusiastic at a year program for the pre-school and the furnishing of corners. And among other things they also learned how to work with a board of choice. On the very last day of the course, all participants visited each otherís schools and make comments on what they saw. In the autumn of 2011, we asked the Dutch nursery school teachers Annie Harmsen and Corrie van Kraaij from Didam to assist at the training. These two women also gave instructions to the participating Armenian teachers.
To enable the start of our project and to motivate the primary schools for the pre-school project, we sent a number of big containers with goods to Armenia each year, in total about seven pieces. The containers contained things like school furniture of all sizes, cupboards, blackboards, educational materials and picture books.
To see how this project was realized you can take a look at the various movies the concerned people uploaded to Youtube in the mean time.
You need some good will to make up your own comment; the Armenian language is hardly understood by Dutch people and I guess by English-speaking people as well...
Take a look at the pictures that were made during the loading of the 40 ft container with school materials in May, 2011.