Nune Dolinyan is the principal of R. Yeghoyan High School No. 1 in Armavir. She participated in the Araratian Baccalaureate Program training. She tells how their school became a school center and how the methods offered by the Araratian Baccalaureate help improve the educational environment and achieve success.
“First of all, I’d like to state that we have two trained teachers per natural science subjects taught at our school who continue to change the education quality with their creativity and innovative thinking. They once came up with an initiative to share and disseminate their experience among other teachers in the region. We started from our school teachers and then decided to involve other marz schools as well. After we received an approval from the Ministry of Education and Science to hold qualification training and discussions, we got down to business right away. 35 teachers from different schools in Armavir Marz took part in the first round of our qualification training. It should be noted that no financial compensation was ever involved in this activity. The teachers shared their experience on a voluntary basis, as was the registration of the participants. Those who were willing to self-educate themselves had a chance to do so. Another training is planned for August, to help the teachers start the academic year with upgraded knowledge and refreshed enthusiasm. In a word, we have evolved into a school center, and it all started from the Araratian Baccalaureate! The knowledgeability and experience of our teachers cannot be overestimated, however I can claim with confidence that the classes conducted by our AB-trained teachers are entirely different in methods, if not in the content. I can personally attest to the impact they have on the students; even the questions they raise are completely different. Each student has something to do in a class held by an AB-qualified teacher.
The AB Program has been suspended not because we lack the potential but simply because it has been terminated. I must say, the Araratian Baccalaureate has had a large impact on the reputation of our school. The parents’ trust toward the school has increased, which is an essential factor in the organization of educational process.
We couldn’t have done this alone! The team has been created and we don’t want to lose this resource. Education is everyone’s business.”