Expatland Giving Back Fund (EGBF) has continued its partnership with Aratashen school in another project to help Armenian students. EGBF has started an English learning project at Aratashen Public School partnering with Horizon Language Center.
“Knowledge of English is an essential skill in today’s world. Not only does it provide increased education and vocational opportunities, but it also helps one form international friendships with people around the world. We are pleased to work with the students from Aratashen and give back to their community.” said John Marcarian, founder of Expatland Global Network.
The aim of the project is to provide children aged 6 to 14 with an opportunity to study the English language deeper, beyond the school English curriculum. As of March 2021, a total of 88 children have started their first lessons with experienced teachers who passed special training by EGBF.
One of the teachers, Anna Avagyan, a graduate of the State Language University of Armenia, has experience teaching English for kids for the past 10 years both in Armenia and Russia. Lili Ghazaryan, another of the teachers, is pursuing a bachelor degree in IT at the American University of Armenia, but also has an English Teacher certificate and has taught math in English and English language for young kids for the past 3 years.
“Better education will help to keep the kids in the village, they will be able to find new work opportunities in their home town, instead of moving to the capital, as many do now in search of a job”, said Sevak Gharzaryan, principal of Aratashen school.
The English learning program is open to young kids but it is planned to be available to older pupils as well in September 2021.
Aratashen is a small village in Armenia, located on a plain among the fruitful gardens with stunning views of Mt. Ararat from one side and Mt. Aragats on another. The main speciality of the locals is agriculture and successful gardening gives great vibes and stimulus for people to come and live in the village.