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Speaking for Myself: Voicing the Hopes and Concerns of Children i Armenia

Project Code: 
ARM-EUA-010
Engelsk
Project Status: 
Complete
Project Background: 

 

Background:

The project seeks to address 2 key issues. The poor perception and representation of children in Armenian society in general, and the same issues as they specifically relate to children with disabilities. These groups represent about 25 % and 2,8% of the population respectively.
There are currently 49 inclusive Armenian schools educating 1,225 children with disabilities and special education needs. Education in Armenia remains based on “talk and chalk” with little attention to active participatory learning processes which would develop inclusion, communications, problem-solving, personality and life skills and values. Lacking these essential skills children, irrespective of whether or not they have disabilities, lack the confidence to express their views and stand for their rights even when they are violated. Moreover they don’t believe in their ability to influence on decisions concerning their life. The situation is much harder for children with disabilities who are not expected by adults and peers to be able to fully contribute in the society. Lacking the practice of the benefits of child participation on policies, practices, ideas and beliefs not the general public, nor its other stakeholders (decision makers, professionals and ordinary citizens) believe in the relevance of child participation in decision making processes or in media.
Problems to be addressed by the Action:
1. Low but slowly improving situation in recognising Armenian Children’s rights in official laws;
2. Widespread stigmatisation of children in Armenia hampers their full inclusion in society.
3. Limited participation and impact of Armenian children in media and policy making work.
4. Lack of awareness of disabled children their families regarding their rights - and consequent inability to advocate for them.

Project Aims: 

 

Aim:

Overall Objective: Children with and without disabilities in Armenia are empowered to realize their rights as children and as active citizens - creating an inclusive and child friendly environment for all.
Specific Objective:
1) Armenian children (both with and without disabilities) have their capacity built in order to facilitate their meaningful participation in decision making and advocacy from local to international platforms and across different media forms.
2) Armenian children are supported to network, participate and be directly represented in local, national and regional decision-making fora.
3) Representation of Armenian children in national media is improved with children as active contributors.

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A Healthy Start - Phase III: Promoting the Rights of Children and Youths with Disabilities in Armenia - Securing the consolidation in Tavush Marz

Project Code: 
ARM-SHUMD-013
Engelsk
Project Status: 
Complete
Project Background: 

 

Background: 

Despite the fact that the Armenian government has ratified on May 2010 the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, there is still a big stigma attached to disability, and health education and social services are not in a position to deliver equal access to services for disabled children and youth.

This project is the third phase, building on 2 earlier successful Mission East projects under “A Healthy Start”. The Healthy Start project was designed to address the lack of coordinated and integrated rehabilitation services for children with disabilities and special needs. A strong focus is placed on the development of a model of community based and integrated services, combining medical, rehabilitation and education structures to ensure a holistic and rights based approach towards inclusion of children with disabilities/special needs and their families in all aspects of society.

The first phase was implemented in 11 communities in the Armavir region between January 2006 and April 2009, when the 2 year second phase started going to 2 other regions in Armenia: Gegharkunik and Tavush, both regions are with a very high level of poverty and a strong need for interventions focused on disabled and vulnerable children and their families. This third and consolidation phase is implemented in Tavush marz only.

Although the Healthy Start project in general has been successful, this third and consolidation phase is essential to address remaining gaps and prepare the presentation of the established model to the Government of Armenia (GA as well as to finsih the one-marz model. This third phase ensures long term sustainability by presentation of the developed model of community based integrated services to the respective government and civil society structures in Armenia as well as by strengthening and empowering people with disabilities and their organizations to advocate for their rights and inclusive development.

This project is just as in the earlier phases partnering with two local partner organizations (Arabkir - Institute of Child and Adolescent Health and Bridge of Hope NGO).

Project Aims: 

 

Aim:

Development Objective: Changing social attitudes and healthcare practices towards greater inclusiveness for children and youths with disabilities and giving voice to those affected by the marginalisation of the disabled in Armenian society.

Immediate Objectives:

1. To consolidate in one Marz a replicable comprehensive model of integrated, inclusive community- based services (identification, referral, rehabilitation, intervention, surveillance) for children with disabilities/special needs including a coordination mechanism for all involved governmental and civil society structures.

2. To consolidate advocacy achievements and sustainability of Disability Advocacy Coalition and its members at community, Marz and national level in order to support the Armenian government with the implementation of UN CRPD.

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Key outputs planned for this project:

1.1 A replicable model of community based integrated services for the identification, referral, rehabilitation, intervention and surveillance of childhood disabilities/special needs is consolidated based on experiences from HS I and II and implemented at all levels throughout Tavush Marz and through collaboration of CDRC/RC, civil society and local government structures.

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Towards Education for All 3: - Supporting the Sustainable Development of Education For All Children with Learning Difficulties in Armenia – Securing the Consolidation

Project Code: 
ARM-SHUMD-012
Engelsk
Project Status: 
Complete
Project Background: 

Background:
“Towards Education for All” (TEFA) project, a partnership between Mission East and the local partner NGO Bridge of Hope, had been envisaged in 2 phases: Phase I, September 2003–September 2007, and Phase 2, September 2007-November 2009, and was initially designed to address a lack of government policy and technical ability with regards to inclusive education for children with special needs and to build capacity of civil society to advocate for equal opportunities and access to education for children with disabilities.

To date, inclusive education in Armenia has been institutionalized through improved national education policies and legislation, new special education curricula, incorporation of inclusive and special needs education in ongoing school-teachers training programs of National Institute of Education (NIE), improved capacity of NIE to continue training of schools in inclusive education through its own human and material resources 6 courses of teacher education of the Department of Primary and Special Education of State Pedagogical University (SPU) towards a rights-based, social-constructivist approach to meeting special needs that was adopted by SPU as a teaching programme for the faculty.

In order to consolidate achievements, there remains a clear need to train teachers and students of the biggest teacher training University, the State Pedagogical University in inclusive education theory and practice. The  project  specifically is focusing on supporting the civil society and the SPU to reform SPU teacher preparation programmes for both general education and special education, enabling the new general teachers to meet special educational needs in mainstream classrooms.

Action:
Some key activities are: Support the State Pedagogical University (SPU) to improve their theoretical and practical teacher training curriculum by becoming more inclusive by developing “Methodological guidelines for students practical placement in inclusive schools” and “Observation Workbook of students’ practical placement in inclusive schools” and train 15 mentors  to mentor the students’ practical placement and coursework in inclusive schools.

Training and workshops will be organized for DAC NGOs and Parents Network to improve their advocacy and lobbing capacities to a level to contribute seriously in awareness raising and attitude change among the professors at SPU and their students.

National network of parents groups will be empowered by support of BoH parent leaders to improve its skills and abilities in spreading parents’ messages nationwide.

Organization of totally 50 advocacy activities (meetings, training, forums, exhibitions, film festivals, debates, conferences, etc) to raise awareness among SPU student and lectures on disability issues and the rights of persons with disabilities.

Organization of forums of SPU students’ council on “Disability and Human Rights” and creation of an alliance with students of SPU to strengthen the disability movement in Armenia.

Support to Disability Advocacy Coalition (DAC) to establish a multi-stakeholder task force and network on inclusive education to facilitate learning and developments in inclusive education.

Organisation of national conference on ‘Education for All in Armenia – achievements and challenges.

Project Aims: 

Project Aims:
Development Objective: Contribute to the efforts of Armenia in achieving targets of ‘Education For All’ Flagship on the Right to Education for Persons with Disabilities: Towards Inclusion and Salamanca Statement on special needs education by reforming teacher initial education/ preparation in Armenia.
Immediate Objectives:
1) To increase the knowledge and understanding of State Pedagogic University (SPU) students and lecturers in the principles and practices of inclusive education. 
2) To consolidate lobbying and awareness raising actions of civil society on issues of special needs education, inclusive schools and teacher training.

Major Donor: 
Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Project Code:
 ARM-SHUMD-012

Location: 
Armenia

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