By Mary Mukhtarian
The St. Sarkis Church in Dallas/Fort Worth hosted an inspirational presentation of the Teach for Armenia Fellowship Program on Sunday November 5th.
Narek Ghazaryan, Director of Public Affairs, kicked off the presentation by explaining that Teach for Armenia Fellowship is a 2 year teaching program for the diaspora’s top talent to teach at educationally underserved parts of Armenia. These exceptional young men and women are then expected to help unlock the professional and leadership potential of students who have no current alternatives. By recruiting young teachers to inspire innovation, new teaching methods, and access to the latest educational resources, Teach for Armenia actively works towards stemming the brain drain of Armenian talent by creating opportunities for all, students and teachers alike, to improve their extraordinary leadership skills, and contribute to the continued development and modernization of the program.
Teach For Armenia is currently serving 5700 students in 35 communities in 6 regions of Armenia, all served by 71 Fellows. Three of the teachers spoke of the challenge of teaching students who endure shelling, or struggle with learning the alphabet, or who have no expectation of a future. The rewards of these challenges were that the students learned to believe in themselves, and apply themselves to the task at hand in order to secure a future for them.
The special connection of St. Sarkis to Teach for Armenia is the generosity and service of Sam and Sylva Simonian of Dallas, who founded the TUMO Center for Creative Technologies in Yerevan. TeachforArmenia.org is grateful for applicants and donations alike.
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