National Program for Educational Excellence
Continuation of works aimed at the international recognition of the Araratian Baccalaureate (AB) Certificate
The recognition of the AB certificate is an ongoing process. Thanks to works and negotiations carried out toward the international recognition of the AB certificate the number of universities recognizing the certificate has been enriched by one – Radboud University (the Netherlands) has added the AB among the qualifications that are accepted for direct entry to undergraduate programs.
It should be noted that by June 30, 2018, the AB is recognizable and acceptable by 37 universities n nine countries.
Araratian Baccalaureate Presented in Abu Dhabi
Within the framework of the international recognition of the Araratian Baccalaureate (AB), from May 2 to 4, at the invitation of New York University (NYU) Abu Dhabi, AB Recognitions Specialist Ruzanna Mayilyan took part in the Annual International Forum on Global Education.
The NYU Abu Dhabi Forum on Global Education is a professional development event designed not only to help discover the global opportunities provided by NYU Abu Dhabi, but also to give a chance to become more familiar with the organizations of guests attending the forum and explore ways to collaborate.
AB Recognitions Specialist Ruzanna Mayilyan presented the Ayb Educational Foundation’s education programs, particularly, the internationally recognized Araratian Baccalaureate Armenian-language qualification—which is today comparable to UK GCE A Level and US Advanced Placement— as well as the opportunities and advantages the qualification grants to students.
25 specialists from 24 countries participated in the forum.
Araratian Baccalaureate graduation and university admission exams
In May, the third generation of AB graduates took the AB graduation exams in Armenian language and literature, Armenian history, and English. These exams were checked in May and the results were released in June.
Following these exams, the AB students took exams in four subjects (chemistry, physics, biology and math) which are jointly certified by the AB Examination Center and the Cambridge Assessment and International Education (CAIE). It should be noted that despite the fact these exams are certified by the CAIE, students take them in Armenian.
The AB graduation and university admission exams measure not only the extent of knowledge students have acquired but also the following: how well students have understood the subject, how well they can use it in practice, how well they can analyze, etc.
This year in total 31 alumni took the exams. In June, Annabel Criddle, specialist from Cambridge Assessment International Education came to Armenia to help with the grading of the exam papers.
Continuation and completion of the 2017-2018 cycle of the AB Teacher Professional Development and Certification Program
The 2017-2018 cycle of the AB Teacher Professional Development and Certification Program was launched in July. Over this time, the participants passed the first phase of active learning, which included face to face trainings, mentorship meetings, planning and testing of different classes. The second phase began in 2018 and focused on developing their practitioners’ inquiry. During the second phase two-month subject trainings were also held for the participants.
At the end of the first quarter of 2018, participants presented their professional inquiries, which were then followed by subject trainings that were first delivered by specialists from the University College London (UCL) Institute of Education (IoE) and were continued by AB exert trainers. The subject trainings were held online. Only chemistry, biology and physics teachers and specialists (40 in total) also participated in face to face practical works in Yerevan from June 11 to 16.
The subject trainings were completed on June 22 and the participants took subject exams, the results of which will be summed up and sent to participants in July. It should be noted that the goal of these exams is to help the participants see the topics and points that need further development.
The learning of the participants of the 2017-2018 cycle of the AB Teacher Professional Development and Certification Program was completed on June 27, through a solemn certification event. In total 97 of the 102 participants were certified. 20 of the 97 certified participants were certified conditionally.
Involvement of participants in the 2018-2019 cycle of the AB Teacher Professional Development and Certification Program
The 2018-2019 cycle of the AB Teacher Professional Development and Certification Program was launched in December, 2017. In the first quarter of 2018, the subject tests and interviews were conducted with the teachers and specialists that had applied to the program. The interviews were summed up in April to reveal the number of participants for the new cycle. Thus, of the 250 applicants only 69 overcame the selection process and were involved in the program. It should be reminded that the involvement of participants was done for eight subjects: Armenian language and literature, Armenian history, chemistry, physics, biology, math, English and Russian.
Completion of elaboration of the AB School Leadership Development Program
Highlighting the role of school leadership, particularly of principals, in the transformation and progress of schools as well as in higher student learning outcomes, in summer 2017, the Ayb Educational Foundation joined efforts with the University College London (UCL) Institute of Education (IoE) to embark on the development of the Araratian Baccalaureate School Leadership Development Program.
The Araratian Baccalaureate School Leadership Development Program is designed for up to one year and includes theoretical and practical courses. It is delivered free of charge and is intended for the principals and vice-principals of AB candidate schools. It aims to develop participants’ knowledge, skills and capacities and deliver 21st century school management approaches.
The elaboration of the program’s content and its full package were completed in the second quarter.
Works carried out within the framework of collaboration between the Ayb Educational Foundation and the Children of Armenia Fund (COAF)
On November 23, 2017, the Ayb Educational Foundation and the Children of Armenia Fund (COAF) signed a memorandum of understanding within the framework of projects carried out by them. The two foundations will collaborate within the framework of the internationally recognized Araratian Baccalaureate Armenian-language educational program implemented by the Ayb Educational Foundation, and the education programs carried out by COAF in beneficiary communities.
Within the framework of this collaboration, a meeting-seminar was held for the psychologists of the 21 AB candidate schools, aimed at raising the role of school psychologist in the first half. Also, a document presenting the healthy school concept was also developed.
In the second quarter, professional trainings and meetings aimed at raising the role of school psychologists continued. In this regard, the AB candidate school psychologists visited Ayb School, were they got acquainted with their work and observed lessons. Afterward all participants were given reading materials.
Meetings aimed at improving the role of school psychologists will be ongoing.
World Robot Olympiad 2018
The application process for the nation stage of the WRO 2018 continued through April and was completed on May 31. In total, 16 teams have registered for participation.
This year the WRO will be held in the first half of September.
All-Armenian Tournament of Young Chemists
The semifinal and the final of the All-Armenian Tournament of Young Chemists was held on May. This year the tournament was held with the support and sponsorship of Converse Bank, which has had great input in the implementation of a number of education projects in Armenia.
11 teams competed in the tournament solving chemistry problems, discussing scientific topics and presenting the outcome of their researches. In the end Photon team from Gyumri was named winner of the tournament.
All tournament participants received prizes, including from Converse Bank
It should be noted that 40 teams from Armenia and Artsakh had participated in the quarterfinal of the tournament which was held in fall, 2017.
Armenian young chemists will participate in the international stage in Ukraine
At the end of the final it was announced that a collective team will be set up from the four teams that had advanced to the final, which will represent Armenia in the Tournament of Young Chemists in Ukraine in fall. The process of setting up the team is presently underway.
Reward ceremonies in Armenia and Artsakh
From June 13 to 21, the contests organizers traveled to 30 cities in Armenia and two cities in Artsakh to hold the reward ceremonies for Kangaroo, Meghu and Russian Bear Cub contests, and thus sum up the three contests.
Meghu: Armenian for All Contest
Meghu 2017 has recorded the following results:
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The sole winner of the contest is Anna Ghazaryan, a 4th grade student from Vardashen Secondary School (Ararat region).
It should be noted that Meghu 2017 was held on October 26. In total, 38743 students from 991 schools in Armenia and Artsakh participated in the contest.
Russian Bear Cub Contest
Russian Bear Cub 2017 has recorded the following results:
|Students with best results||Winners|
It should be noted that Russian Bear Cub 2017 was held on November 15. In total, 9078 students from 339 schools in Armenia and Artsakh participated in the contest.
Kangaroo Math Contest
Kangaroo Math Contest has recorded the following results:
|Students with best results||Winners|
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, this year Kangaroo came to have 10 winners:
- Alen Khechoyan, 3rd grade, Nor Hachn Basic School No. 1;
- Aram Karapetyan, 4th grade, Yeghegnadzor Basic School No. 1;
- Vahan Abrahamyan, 4th grade, Vazgen I Basic School No. 168;
- Nare Smbatyan, 4th grade, Yerevan Basic School No. 197;
- Davit Zakaryan, 4th grade, Abovyan Educational Complex;
- Meri Minasyan, 4th grade, Aygezard Secondary School after Ararat Gharibyan;
- Lili Tarkhanyan, 6th grade, Ayb School;
- Arayi Khalatyan, 8th grade, Quantum College;
- Arshak Yesayan, 8th grade, Physics and Mathematics Specialized School named after Artashes Shahinyan under Yerevan State University;
- Erik Melikyan, 8th grade, Vanadzor Basic School No. 20 after Pablo Tichina.
It should be noted that Kangaroo 2018 was held on March 15. In total, 43941 students from 1070 schools in Armenia and Artsakh participated in the contest.
Kangaroo 2018 and Meghu 2017 main prizes
- The main prize for the winners of the abovementioned winners who will not have reached the age of 12 by June 1, 2018, is participation in Aybamar one-week summer camp in Armenia. Children can participate in the camp within July 18 and August 8.
- The main prize for the winners of Kangaroo 2018 winners who have reached the age of 12 by June 1, 2018, wo will have reached the age of 12 by 2018 and who have good knowledge of English is participation in an international summer camp in Bulgaria. Their number is four. From July 30 to August 5, they will be in Pamporovo Ski Resort and participate in the European Kangaroo Summer Camp.
Kangaroo 2017 Problems and Solutions book
In early June, Kangaroo 2017 Problems and Solutions book was released. the book has been distributed to all schools that participated in Kangaroo 2018 as well as all prizewinners as a prize.
Today the book is available for sale and can be found in almost all bookstores.
National Song and Dance Academy
On May 23, the National Song and Dance Academy Educational and Cultural Foundation (NSDA) and the Ministry of Education and Science of the RA signed an agreement to continue cooperation between the two parties. NSDA will continue the program of introducing “national song and dance” subject (developed by Gagik Ginosyan) at general education schools and training of teachers for the subject.
This year, the training course for 6-7 graders’ program started in Yerevan and Armavir on June 4 and in Vayots Dzor – on June 19. From June 18, 53 more schools in Yerevan joined the program and the teachers of those schools participated in the training course for 5 graders’ program. Thus, the subject will be introduced in the curriculum for all middle school in Yerevan.
The training program was developed in collaboration with Karin NGO.
Seminar-discussion for teachers. On June 15, the National Song and Dance Academy (NSDA) organized a seminar-discussion for the teachers of Armavir region schools being trained for the “national song and dance” subject, focusing mainly on assessment of the subject, the problems existing at schools and their solutions.
On June 16, NSDA organized a similar meeting-discussion with Ayb Education Foundation’s team of the National Program for Educational Excellence (NPEE). This discussion was attended by teachers of Yerevan schools being trained for the “national song and dance” subject.
The main topic of the meeting was assessment and tasks assigned to students. Assessment types and objectives were discussed. The teachers made a group work and identified tasks involving students’ self-comprehension, mutual evaluation, group work, etc.
Considering the importance of the meetings and the active participation of teachers, NSDA plans that such meetings will be continuous.
Formula for Success project
In 2017, the Ayb Educational Foundation resumed the Formula for Success project, which used to enjoy high demand among the public and prior to that was implemented in 2012 and 2013.
It is a series of free master classes delivered by successful specialists and entrepreneurs with the goal of presenting to the Armenian audience the true stories of success and the personal experience of the speakers, unveil the constituent parts and secrets of success, and foster the self-education and professional development of the Armenian youth.
In the period of April-June, the project hosted the following speakers:
- Patrick Derham (Headmaster of Westminster School); topic: What Gets Me out of Bed in the Morning;
- Victoria Aslanyan (Co-founder of ArmAs Wines), topic: Most Important Lessons I Learned in Business;
- Anahit Markosian (founder of Nairian Cosmetics); topic: Example of Prospective Production in Armenia;
- Arianne Caoili (business woman, chessplayer); topic: Gender Equality;
- Gor Nahapetyan (Chairman of the Alumni Board of Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO, Co-Founder of Druzya (Friends) Charity Foundation); topic: How to Communicate with any Interlocutor and Avoid Conflicts;
- Hovhannes Avoyan (CEO and Founder of PicsArt); topic: What I Learned from My Five Startups;
- Samvel Martirosyan (Media Expert); topic: How to Change Profession Constantly and Smoothly;
- Igor Khalatian (Vice-President of Development of Oracle); topic: How to Start your Business in IT.
It should be noted that as of July 31, 21 master classes have been held, in which over 2000 people have participated.
Goodwill Dinner project
The Goodwill Dinner project kicked off in mid-October, 2017. Within the framework of the project, charity meeting-dinners are organized with leading experts and famous people and the raised amount is used for the scholarship funds for students from Armenian regions and Artsakh studying in Ayb High School.
In April-June period, the project hosted the following guests:
- Patrick Derham, Headmaster of Westminster School (UK);
- Narine Abgaryan, writer (Russia);
- Gor Nahapetyan, Chairman of the Alumni Board of Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO;
- Gayane Breiova, TV presenter, owner of restaurants, brand chef (Russia);
- Naira Hovakimyan, scientist (U.S.).
Thanks to the five goodwill dinners held in the first quarter, a total of AMD 580,000 have been raised, which have been fully directed for scholarships for Ayb High School students.
Since the launch of the project to July 31, 21 goodwill dinners have been held and a total of AMD 6.677.615 have been raised.