Yerevan Mkhitar Sebastatsi’’ Educomplex is a state experimental non-profit public educational institution realizing public education with alternative author educational programs at 5 pre-schools, 5 primary schools, a middle and a high school.
The Educomplex has had significant progress in organizing care and development of children at our pre-schools and primary schools. The author educational program, being carried out at our primary schools, is called “Fun of Discovering Knowledge”. But why fun? For centuries the school has been a place where children get knowledge and prepare for their future life. They do not live a child’s life full of happiness, and as they do not realize the fact that they are preparing for their future life, they are not happy to go to school. Even William Shakespeare noted in his play As You Like It :“…Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel and shining morning face, creeping like snail unwillingly to school…” . With this respect our Educomplex has made revolutionary innovations in the organization of education at pre-school and primary school, and in the result of this all our primary school children come to school with great willingness.
The transparent educational environment adjusted and appropriate to children’s age groups, swimming pools, bike tracks, playgrounds and group rooms, the use of interactive boards and other digital means, the use of games, student centered and skill based approach increases the learners’ intrinsic motivation so much that they come to school to study and live a happy childhood. Our experience in this field of activities has become rich enough to share with the schools and teacher training educational institutions not only inside Armenia but also throughout the world.
The key objective of organizing education is to reveal and develop the inner capabilities of each learner. The organization of education based on the individual curriculums of our high school learners, youth clubs of learners’ preferences, rich media library, science laboratories, fine art studios, Musical Center and workshops of different trades of vocational education serve to achieve the main aim of public education.
Yerevan “Mkhitar Sebastatsi” Educomplex organizes teacher training courses for the teachers of pre-schools and primary schools or the students of teacher training educational institutions to our primary schools to have an educational practice according to the established educational exchange program.
Every year teachers and learners from different regions of Armenia come to our Educomplex, and we share with them our experience in carrying out alternative author educational programmes.
The Educomplex has established public educational bridges with several schools in Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh) and Georgia. Partnership agreements have been signed and educational exchange programmes are being carried out with the school after Khachatur Abovyan in Shusha (Artsakh) and schools N# 6, 24, 37, 98 in Tbilisi (Georgia).
The established public educational bridges with the schools in Georgia are a significant contribution to the friendship between the peoples of the two neighboring countries, Georgia and Armenia, and this friendship is based on real joint projects: The Georgian Language Days in Yerevan,Annual Review of Public Educational Projects of Nature Protection, Eco Tour International Camp in the Nature Protection Center Zikatar, Participation in the contest “We are reading Rustaveli”,
It has already become a tradition for our Educomplex to send 12 learners and two teachers to the International Space Camp in Izmir, Turkey. This year we have received the sixth invitation. The participation in this camp gives our learners knowledge in Astronomy, Astrophysics and some practical skills in operating a spaceship model, and most importantly, it promotes friendship among the childrenand teachersof different nationalities and religions.
“Mkhitar Sebastatsi” Educomplex is also preparing to establish educational exchange partnership with our neighboring country Iran. Our high school learners have begun a project “We are translating Persian poetry into Armenian”.
The High School learners of the Educomplex took part in the Summer Session of the EYP (European Youth Parliament)in August 2015.
Three of our primary schools have their own guest homes and can host teachers from outside Yerevan during the days of teacher training courses and international educational exchange projects.
“Mkhitar Sebastatsi” Educomplex has signed an educational exchange contract with the organization AIESEC. In pursuance of this contract young specialists from Canada, Brazil, Turkey, Hong Kong and the USA were hosted at the lodgings of the Educomplex in January-February 2016. They carried out the educational project “Financial Literacy”.
It is already two years that the implementation of the project "Educational Garden" has begun. As a result of this project all the school buildings of the Educomplex are now surrounded with greensward. Taking care of these greensward territories is considered to be educational work for our learners.
More detailed information about our everyday Educomplex life and author alternative pedagogy in English and Russian languages can be read on the corresponding pages of the Educomplex website http://mskh.am/en, http://mskh.am/ruand the electronic pedagogical journal Dpir Dpir 2016, Dpir 2015, Дпир 2015, Дпир 2016. Information in English is also available in this blog: https://alternativepedagogyblog.wordpress.com/
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