Various regularly held seminars for FAR’s scholarship recipients allow them to get to know each other and engage in discussions on topics of common interest around career and leadership. Last month, such seminars were organized and held in partnership with an Education Methodology specialist and Youth Professional Orientation Center consultant Shahane Beglaryan.
In addition to cooperating with various organizations in conducting trainings for FAR scholarship beneficiaries at its Yerevan office, the Fund for Armenian Relief also actively participates in conferences and discussions organized within other entities. Thus, on April 24-26, FAR Science and Education Programs Coordinator Eduard Karapetyan took active part in the Pan-Armenian Youth Symposium, organized by the Republic of Armenia Ministry of Diaspora.
The topic of the Symposium, held for representatives of 30 communities from the Armenian Diaspora and educators from Armenia, was “Armenian is in my heart!”. It aimed to tackle the issue of Armenia language preservation in Armenia and in the Diaspora through educational establishments and through the active networking between entities in Armenia and those in the Diaspora. Mr. Karapetyan presented on the challenges of higher education in Armenia and FAR’s educational programs.
Sitting comfortably in their armchairs outside the building, a group of elderly people were basking in spring sunlight and looking down the undulating road when the rumble of the engine started to approach from the depth downhill. They all grew agitated as the big bus appeared in front of the old age home.
It was the 27th of April, when students from FAR’s various scholarship programs, were joined by some students from the Vanadzor Taron 2 Children’s Home to visit the Vanadzor Old Age Home.
Upon arrival, students had a refreshing lunch. Then, they got down to work, cleaning the rooms of the building and doing some gardening downstairs. Some of the students, residents of Mer Doon who are qualified hairdressers, washed, cut, and styled the residents’ hair.
Socialization with the elderly was an important part of the visit: students communicated with them, became acquainted with their life stories and also told them about their studies and current news. Chess and backgammon competitions were held between students and the residents. VOAH resident Ashot Sargsyan won the competitions and was awarded a souvenir from FAR.
Closer to the end of the day, a concert of Armenian folk songs was organized by the students from the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory and the audience joined in a vivifying dance together with the students and VOAH staff. When the concert was over, the students gave presents to the residents, hugging them as they would hug their own grandparents.
The residents all felt that attention is what consoles and alleviates pain at the sunset of their lives. Attention from the part of their families, friends, and also occasionally from the young generation that revives memories and brings joy. An added benefit of such initiatives is mutual understanding between the elderly and the youth.
“We are grateful to the students and the staff of the St. Mary Armenian Church of Costa Mesa. Thank you for extending a helping hand to the most vulnerable seniors living in Armenia.”
Last week, banners with these words were hanging on the walls of BAFA soup kitchens operated by FAR in various cities of Armenia. For several years now, St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church’s Sunday School in Costa Mesa, California, has fundraised enough money through its now annual Souper Bowl to cover the expenses for two days of meals at BAFA’s charitable soup kitchens operated by FAR.
Thanks to the donation, nearly 700 beneficiaries in the Nor Nork, Nor Hachn, Erebouni, and Berd Soup Kitchens received meals. The elderly beneficiaries conveyed their heartfelt gratitude to those who participated in the Costa Mesa initiative that has become a traditional way of expressing compassion and generosity towards the most needy members of Armenian society.
The two-stage Oympiad was organized by Synopsis Armenia CJSC to stimulate further development of microelectronics in Armenia and in the participant countries. It aims to recognize and inspire talented young engineers and to increase interest in microelectronics among young specialists. It also aims to understand the level of knowledge in the field of microelectronics among those specialists in participating countries in order to make necessary adjustments to educational programs and to create a community of young specialists involved in microelectronics.
The competitoin covers topics such as Digital IC Design and Testing, Analog and Mixed Signal IC Design and Testing, Semiconductor Devices and Technology, and Mathematical and Algorithmical Issues of EDA.
The 12 participants of the first stage of the Olympiad were engineers and students from Photon College, SEUA Gyumri Branch, and GTech. Four GTech students, Armen Shahvaladyan, Gohar Gabrielyan, Karine Karapetyan, and Lusine Sargsyan, received the highest scores in the first stage of the competition. They all have been shortlisted for the final stage of the Olympiad, which will be held in Yerevan.
A group of ANSEF Research Award-winning researchers has recently carried out a comprehensive investigation in the water basin of Lake Sevan which holds more than 80% of water resources in Armenia. They state that nowadays, Sevan faces an unsteady ecological situation.
The aim of the research project was to study groups of interacting organisms that live in a particular habitat and form an ecological community (biocenosis) formed in the flooded territory of the lake.
Human intervention has dramatically changed the ecosystem of Lake Sevan. Overexploitation of its water resources in the Soviet era for the Sevan-Hrazdan hydro-power cascade and irrigation projects have resulted in the decrease of the lake level by about 20 meters. As a result, some hydro-biological changes have occurred in the lake.
The research group, headed by Marine Dallakyan, has identified the areas of the lake where the ecological communities are at the highest and at the lowest rates of development. It has also studied the water pollution in various zones of the lake, with a specific focus on the bio-conditions for fish, such as the crucian carp and stone moroko.
The researchers hope that the investigation of different processes and influences in the water basin can help initiate practical steps towards a more effective use of water resources from Lake Sevan.
On March 15, GTech began a two-month advanced IT course designed to enable 10 to 16-year-olds to create their first websites.
During the course, participants from different schools in Gyumri are given the opportunity to become familiar with website structures, projections, and the basics of programming through applied training. With the help of GTech’s highly qualified specialists, they will soon be able to create their first websites and gain certain insight into the IT world.
The IT course led by web designer Azniv Tsaturyan and web developer Kristine Gyulbekyan covers HTML, CSS, Dreamweaver, and Photoshop.
At the end of the course, all participants will be awarded GTech completion certificates.