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Partner of the Week: Children of Armenia Fund

Posted in Partner of The Week on June 15, 2020

Children of Armenia Fund’s (COAF) is dedicated to securing a future for children in Armenia’s impoverished rural villages. Since 2004, COAF has been implementing programmes in education, healthcare, child and family services, community engagement, economic development and infrastructure rehabilitation.

COAF encourages children and youth to be active participants in shaping their environment and society and strive to improve the overall quality of education in rural communities by upgrading physical infrastructures and creating progressive learning environments. Over the last 16 years, they have reached more than 107.000 beneficiaries in 64 villages in Armenia.

Our partnership

COAF started the implementation of the Aflatoun programme in 2014 in Armavir, one of the poorest regions in Armenia. The programme has been implemented in over 24 rural communities of Armenia and reached more than 1100 students from 5 to 18 years old.

Through Aflatoun our students recognise themselves as citizens of the world and become more aware of local & global issues. — Staff member
Explore, dream, act, change

Throughout the programme students become self-conscious by exploring their own strengths and weaknesses, learning about their rights and responsibilities and questioning their roles in their communities.

At the same time, students gain financial literacy skills in practice. During the second stage, students assess their community needs and shape their dream community. Then it’s time for action. Students take action to solve a specific community issue in order to contribute to their dream community.

Meanwhile, they gain experience in designing and implementing community projects. The last stage of the programme stands for change. Students choose either entrepreneurship or employability skills and work to develop in these areas. Afterwards, participants use their skills and knowledge to change the world around them.

We value Aflatoun’s student-centred, active & project-based learning methods because they target three central components of education – knowledge, skills and attitude. — Staff member
COAF Aflatoun clubs

Recently, one of COAF Aflatounclubs generated 30.000 AMD (around 50 EUR) by organizing puppet theatre performances and installing a new attraction in their school yard. Another club organised a celebration and created an initative to make their school greener. Overall, 90 community projects have been completed by Aflatoun students.

Our slogan is Explore, dream, act, change, as our students explore themselves and the world, dream about a better future and community, act to change the reality. — Staff member

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