A training of trainers for delivery of non-formal course on “Conflict transformation” took place in Aghveran through March 19-20, 2019. Participants to the training were social workers, psychologists, staff of higher educational institutes and volunteers. They had been identified and recommended by ART partners from Gyumri and Ijevan, where well-established and active social centers operate with the co-funding of ART. The aim of the training was to communicate basic knowledge and skills to trainers who will be working with youth in their localities. The training is carried out within the frameworks of “Giving Voice to Peace Project”, supported by HEKS/EPER, Switzerland. 

Through this project, ART aims to strengthen grassroots and Church related organizations so that they are able to build capacity of young people for non-violent transformation of conflicts in their communities. The training handbook was developed by ART, experts from Yerevan State University and Swisspeace in consultations and participatory needs assessment with young people from bordering and impoverished regions of Armenia, Tavush and Shirak. The training is delivered by Dr Khachik Galstyan, the author of the handbook.

 

Picture1Representatives from ACT Armenia, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq, Jerusalem forums, and Lutheran World Federation participated in ACT Middle East Region of Psychosocial Community of Practice (MENA Regional PSCoP) in Amman, Jordan. 

The aim of the regional forums is to expand the number of actors mainstreaming Community Based Psychosocial Support approach into action through learning and practice. The foundation of all community-based psychosocial work is the recognition of the affected community’s capacity for recovery, resilience, future rebuilding and development. ACT Armenia Forum joined MENA Regional PSCoP in 2017.
The participants discussed the background on the Psychosocial Community of Practice (PS – CoP): globally and regionally. “They also reviewed the work done last year, achievements and challenges, which includes presenting reports about trainings in Armenia and Iraq. The participants also explored the needs for CBPS Training in the region as well as training in other psychosocial related topics” Alla Sarkissova, Emergency Programme Officer at WCC Armenia Round Table Foundation (member of ACT Armenia forum) said as she was participating in the event. The experts reviewed the work in 2018 during the event. They also discussed the relevance of exploring the needs for CBPS training in the region. In addition, they decided to organize trainings for stakeholders in the field and emphasized that global PSCoP members can be invited for this purpose. At the end of the event, the participants drafted the plan on 2019 and 2020.

A training of trainers for computer teachers finished in a social center in the Saghmosavan community of Aragatsotn region. It was organized with the support of the Armenia Round Table Foundation. Before completing the course, trainer Liliia Totolyan conducted a final test to check the knowledge of the participants.


At the end of the training, all the participants received certificates. Dr. Karen Nazaryan, Executive Director of the Armenia Round Table Foundation, awarded the certificates at Christoph Armen Kebabjian Hall of the Saghmosavan Center. He told the schoolchildren and their parents, participating in the event, that the center was founded to meet their needs. "We want you to tell us what you need and what programmes are needed for you. This center has excellent capacities to carry out various initiatives", Nazaryan said. The computer knowledge skills ToT programme launched in 2018 in October.

The training was attended by four female teachers from Saghmosavan and nearby communities. From now on they will be able to provide computer skills to the beneficiaries of the Saghmosavan Social Centre as well as students from their community schools.

One of the guests of the centre, Karine Grigoryan, the manager of the St. Marianeh Social Centre of Ashtarak, told the participants that their centre will start a series of trainings in Saghmosavan soon.

At the end of the event, the students of St. Marianeh Social Center live performed several songs.

Saghmosavan's social centre was founded in June, 2018 with the close cooperation of the Armenia Round Table Foundation and the Kebabjian Family. It is one of 11 similar centres in Armenia. Social Centres operate under the Dioceses of the Armenian Apostolic Church and supported by the Armenia Round Table Foundation. Social centres regularly organize trainings, crafts training, discussions, providing psychosocial support to vulnerable groups in the communities.

The World Council of Churches Armenian Round Table Foundation, in cooperation with the United Nations Resident Coordinator, UNFPA and UNDP Armenia and the "Brot für die Welt" from February 4 to 5 hosted a conference titled "Sustainable Development Goals and the Church" in Tsakhkadzor Marriott Hotel complex.
The priority of the Conference was the discussion of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) declared by the UN and adopted by the Republic of Armenia and combining the Church's activities with them.
The aim of the event was also to equip the priests of the Armenian Apostolic Church and the employees of the social centers working in the dioceses with necessary knowledge about the SGDs and discuss how the church can participate in the SGD implementation in close cooperation with state agencies and civil society.

The participants included clergymen of the Armenian Apostolic Church Dioceses, Program Officers of the Armenia Round Table Foundation, employees of the ART-supported Centers, and representatives of partner organizations.

 

The participants of the conference summed up the objectives of the dioceses and social centers in the frakeworks of selected directions, and presented the suggestions for further improvement of the activities.
Taking into account the activities of the Armenian Apostolic Church and the ART, the following goals were selected as targets: Goal 1 (No Poverty), Goal 2 (Zero Hunger), Goal 4: Quality Education, Objective 5 (Gender Equality), Goal 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth , Goal 10 (Reduced Inequalities), Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, Goal 13: Climate Actions, Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, and Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals.
The first group, entitled "Livelihood and Dignity", discussed three of Sustainable Development Goals: No Poverty (Goal 1), No Hunger (Goal 2), Decent Work and Economic Growth (Goal 8).
The second group was called " Equity and collaboration ". It discussed the following objectives: Gender Equality (Goal 5), Reduced Inequalities (Goal 10), Partnerships for the Goals (Goal 17).

The third chapter was " Stewards and Co-creators of life." Participants were discussing Objective 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, Goal 13: Climate Actions.

Goal 4: Quality Education, and Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions were under the spotlight of the fourth group entitled "Peace and Education".


"The results of the group discussions will be summed up and will be presented to all stakeholders in nearest future. However, if participants of the group have new ideas, we will be glad to listen and discuss them, "said Dr. Karen Nazaryan, Executive Director of the Armenia Round Table.

The two-day conference "Sustainable Development Goals and the Church" was summed up in a Savior's Prayer, which was performed by Bishop Bagrat Galstanyan, Primate of Tavush Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church.
The role of the Church is greatly appreciated in the implementation of sustainable goals, as its servants clearly know about the socio-economic situation in the communities, know the needs of their members of the congregations, and can have an invaluable role in practical steps for implementation Sustainable Development Goals.

The 17 objectives included in the "2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" have officially entered into force on 1 January 2016. They include poverty, hunger reduction, health promotion, quality education, equality of rights of women and men, clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, decent work and economic growth, industry, innovation and infrastructure development, elimination of inequalities, establishment of sustainable communities, responsible consumption, climate protection, life below water and on land, peace-building and co-operation in the sake of the reaching these goals.
Sustainable development goals were adopted by the world leaders in 2015, at the UN's historic summit in September. These goals call on all rich, poor and middle-income countries to take steps for promotion of prosperity and protection of the planet at the same time.

 

Armenian Round Table Foundation of the World Council of Churches, in cooperation with the United Nations Resident Coordinator, UNFPA, UNDP Armenia and the "Brot für die Welt" hosted a conference titled "Sustainable Development Goals and the Church" from February 4 to 5 in Tsaghkadzor Marriott Hotel complex.
The priority of the conference was to discuss the 17 Sustainable Development Goals declared by the UN and accepted by Armenia, as well as the harmonization of the Church's activities with these goals.
Dr. Karen Nazaryan, Executive Director of the Round Table Foundation, Manoj Kurian, Representative of the World Council of Churches, Shombi Sharp, UN Resident Coordinator in Armenia, representatives of international and local organizations, employees of social centres operating under the Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church and supported by Armenia Round Table Foundation, and other guests.


His Eminence Archbishop Arakel Karamyan, Primate of Kotayk Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church, welcomed the participants of the conference after opening remarks and prayers and noted that the Round Table Foundation, by organizing the event, once again underlined its dedication and care for social and educational development topics.


Dr. Karen Nazaryan, Executive Director of the Round Table Foundation mentioned during the conference: "Many countries of the world are striving to harmonize their development plans with the SGDs as it is the requirement of the time. On the other hand, the United Nations is well aware that the close co-operation with religious institutions and leaders can greatly facilitate the implementation of development goals. For example a document entitled: "UNDP Guidelines on Engaging with Faith-based Organizations and Religious Leaders". Indeed, faith-based organizations and religious leaders are a part of nearly all communities in the world. They not only contribute significantly to the development process, but also add value to the UN's efforts in many ways. Of course, we must concentrate on those SDGs that are priority for Armenia".


His Grace Bishop Mushegh Babayan, Chairman of the WCCART Foundation Board of Trustees noted that the Church had long been implementing projects aimed at overcoming poverty, access to education and community development. "I convey to you the blessings and wishes of the Supreme Patriarch for the conference to be successful, from distant Australia," said His Grace.

 

 

 

 

«"In the spirit of the World Interfaith Harmony Week observed by the United Nations every first week of February, I truly believe that the Sustainable Development Goals, our road map to a sustainable future for the planet and humanity, find significant reflection in the mission of the Church. We are all walking this path together, and only together can we overcome the challenges we face - whether it be ending poverty and inequality, saving the environment from degradation, or reaching prosperity, peace and justice. As the UN Secretary-General noted, ‘faith is central to hope and resilience’", Shombi Sharp, UN Resident Coordinator in Armenia said.


H.E. Bernhard Matthias Kiesler, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Armenia, noted that cooperation with the Round Table Foundation has already become a tradition. "Social Centers with support from the Round Table play an important role in the community's social life, and the Round Table Foundation is already supporting the Sustainable Development Goals." he said.
In the course of the event, Manoj Kurian, the specially invited speaker from the World Council of Churches, presented the SDGs from the perspective of faith and the church. "In fact, for more than a millennium the Church has been supporting the implementation of the goals that the UN has announced only now. The very basis of Christian philosophy and ideology is indeed helping each other," he said at the conference.
Mr. Rudelmar Bueno di Faria, ACT Alliance General Secretary from New York and Mrs. Heather Roy, Secretary-General of Eurodiaconia, European network of churches and Christian NGOs from Brussels joined with video messages, and all of them encouraged the cooperation of churches with partner organizations in the context of the SDGs under the aegis of the United Nations.


The other goal of the conference was to equip the servants of the Armenian Apostolic Church and the staff of diocesan social centers with the necessary knowledge about SDGs and to discuss how the Church can provide active support for the implementation of SDGs, in close cooperation with state bodies and the civil society.


The role of the Church is greatly appreciated in the achievement of sustainable goals, because its servants have a clear knowledge about the socio-economic situation in the communities, they are aware of the needs of the members of their congregations and can have an invaluable role in implementing practical steps to achieve SDGs.

 

 

During the visit to the Kirants community of Tavush marz, the members charity organizations’ consortium conducted needs assessment with community members and the management applying  a participatory approach. Karine Baghdasaryan, Program Officer of the World Council of Churches Armenia Round Table Foundation also participated in the meeting. One of the goals of the visits and needs assessment was to enable the village to change its life through various development projects in Kirants.

During the meeting with the Consortium participants, Kamo Shahinyan, the mayor of Kirants community and the villagers emphasized that they did not want "help", but "Support our vision to become reality," Shahinyan emphasized. In response to the question of what would they like: a  factory or a family business, the second was chosen unanimously, as this way people create their own income, develop their households. The group also visited the village school and garden. 

Threats and Opportunities


This nine-class school in Kirants is not licensed and can be closed as it is an adapted building and is  3rd class damaged. Most of the villagers are forced to take children to Ijevan (Capital of Tavush Region). It’s highly popssible that the school will either be upgraded by the state program or new one will be built. The school needs Russian language and physical education teachers. The high school is in N. Tsakhkavan community, which creates problems related to the travel costs and attendance. There is no kindergarten and pre-school.

The people consider horticulture as an important branch, new gardens are planted. The problem is the lack of fences, which lets the livestock enter new planted gardens and damage the seedlings. Planting again and harvesting takes another five years. There is a desire to expand gardens, palms and strawberry fields, cultivate kiwi, persimmon and other high-quality crops, as well as start dried fruit production. Almond cultivation is traditional and profitable. The residents consider tobacco cultivation promising.

Irrigation problems are solved by 70%, there are no distribution points, and internal irrigation network.

In the village there is a need for veterinary, milk and meat storage facilities. There are 15 beekeepers, there is a need for a honeycomb equipment. Many people expressed willingness to start beekeeping.  There will be  no problem with sales as the honey quality is high. The proposal was to establish a small production plant for fuel-briquettes using local manure and forests.

Due to the lack of kindergarten and pre-school, young women have no opportunity to work. 17 young families have housing problems. The village has no gas supply. There is no club or other place for leisure. 

 


Support Programs Also for Navur Community


Tavush Consortium members are also planning to carry out development programs also in Navur community of Tavush region. "We will be the 12th in  11 organization-Consortium that will support Navur community," Harutyun Manucharyan, Mayor Berd consolidated Community said at a meeting with Consortium representatives. Navur managet and the village initiative group also  attended  the meeting.  Aram Nikoyan, manager of Navur and the village initiative group presented the needs and specifications of the community, after which the Consortium members clarified the issues related to their areas of interest during a Q&A session.

The Consortium is comprised of the World Council of Churches Armenia Round Table Foundation, the Armenian Missionary Association of America, Shen Foundation, the Children of Armenia Fund (COAF), “Development Principles” NGO, Fund  for Armenian Relief, World Vision Armenia, "Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU), Armenian Caritas and Diaconia.  

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During the visit to the Kirants community of Tavush marz, the members charity organizations’ consortium conducted needs assessment with community members and the management applying  a participatory approach. Karine Baghdasaryan, Program Officer of the World Council of Churches Armenia Round Table Foundation also participated in the meeting. One of the goals of the visits and needs assessment was to enable the village to change its life through various development projects in Kirants.

During the meeting with the Consortium participants, Kamo Shahinyan, the mayor of Kirants community and the villagers emphasized that they did not want "help", but "Support our vision to become reality," Shahinyan emphasized. In response to the question of what would they like: a  factory or a family business, the second was chosen unanimously, as this way people create their own income, develop their households. The group also visited the village school and garden. 

On January 17th, Dr. Karen Nazaryan, Executive Director of Wourld Council of Churches Armenia Round Table foundation (WCC ART) accepted the delegation of UN  Armenia country office, headed by Mr. Shombi Sharp, UN Resident Coordinator in Armenia, and Mr. Dmitry Mariyasin, UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia, Tsovinar Harutyunyan, UNFPA Armenia Assistant Representative, and other UN representatives. The meeting was initiated by the UNFPA Armenia office. 


Dr. Nazaryan presented the guests the activities and directions of Armenia Round Table foundation. He informed Shombi Sharp that ART will organize a forum called "Susutainable Developembt Goals and the Church" in February 2019. Mr. Sharp apprciated the initiative and highlighted its importance. 

WCC ART and UNFPA closely cooperate since 2010. Main direction of cooperation include prevention of domestic violence, prevention of gender-based abortions, gender issues. 

After the meeting in ART office, UN delegation headed to the Holy See of Mother Etchmiadzin. Kareking II, Catholicos of All Armenians, accepted the high-leven guests. 

The clergymen of the Armenian Apostolic Church, the social and educational center of the dioceses visited the needy and pupils of Artsakh, Artik, Ashtarak and Tavush. The initiative was implemented with the support of the WCC Armenia Round Table Foundation.


Artik

The clergymen of Artsakh Diocese made New Year surprise to the nursing home of Artsakh, 34 families with many of children from Taghavard village, Shushi and Stepanakert, 70 people in Shushi prison, and 25 students from Stepanakert Boarding School.

In Artik Diocese, clergymen handed gifts to 60 needy residents of Artik, Anushavan, Tufashen, Lernakert, Vardakar, Lusakert, Hotvashen, Nahapetavan, Spandaryan and Arevshat communities.

80 beneficiaries received gifts during the New Year celebration at the Saint Marianeh Center in Ashtarak. After New Year greetings and presents the students of the center rejoiced Father Frost (Santa Claus) with their musical performances.


48393315 1931492093827387 2987011177248194560 oThis year, the format of the events was slightly changed by the recommendation Bishop Bagrat Galstyan, the Primate of Tavush Diocese of Armenian Apostolic Church. Unlike recent years, when the students of the diocese's Sunday schools performed for themselves and their parents, this year they made speeches in kindergartens and pre-schools, general schools and military units, and in Berd and Gosh they visited lonely elders in their communities and informed them the sacrament of Christmas. Overall, 1805 students, representing about 40 communities in the region and attending Sunday schools and socio-educational centers in Tavush region received presents.

DSC 0239“The Voice of Tavush Teenagers from the Border to the World” project, supprted by Armenia Round Table held its closing ceremony. Bishop Bagrat Galstanyan, Primate of the Taush Diocese of Armenian Apostolic Church, Deacon Levon Hakobyan awarded the certificates to the project participants during the event and. Due to their engagement in two months project, teenager-beneficiaries of “Arevik” community centre in Ijevan created “Tavush Teenagers” blog and organized a debate club.

In the course of the project the teenagers had learning sessions on “Media Literacy and Public Relations”, “Blogging” and “Filming and Editing Skills”. They learned how to write journalistic materials, how to take photos and shoot videos, and how to select, edit, and piece together separate sections of video material to form a continuous whole. Teenagers were eager to learn and use their knowledge in practice by placing created media materials in the blog.

Involvement of the teenagers in the debate club enables to educate active and literate young citizens who easily express their thoughts and freely discuss relevant issues. From time to time competitions are organized between teenagers of Tavush debate club and debate clubs from other regions. Both activities highly contribute to the activation of the youth potential in the Tavush marz and using it for the development of community and social life. 

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Հունվարի 10-ին ԵՀԽ հայաստանյան Կլոր սեղան հիմնադրամի անձնակազմը մասնակցեց Ամանորի և Սուրբ Ծննդյան տոների առիթով կազմակերպված՝ Ն.Ս.Օ.Տ.Տ. Գարեգին Երկրորդ Ծայրագույն Պատրիարք և Ամենայն Հայոց Կաթողիկոսի և Մայր Աթոռի տարբեր կառույցներում պաշտոնավարող աշխարհական աշխատակիցների հանդիպմանը: Այն տեղի ունեցավ Մայր Աթոռ Ս. Էջմիածնի «Վաչե և Թամար Մանուկյան» Մատենադարանում:


Միասնական աղոթքից հետո Մայր Աթոռի Վարչատնտեսական բաժնի տնօրեն, Կլոր սեղան հիմնադրամի հոգաբարձուների խորհրդի նախագահ Գերաշնորհ Տ. Մուշեղ եպիսկոպոս Բաբայանը ներկաների անունից շնորհավորեց Նորին Սրբությանը բերկրաշատ տոների առիթով` վստահեցնելով, որ Մայր Աթոռի պաշտոնեությունը՝ իբրև մեկ ընտանիք, համախբված Ամենայն Հայոց Հայրապետի շուրջ, նոր տարում շարունակելու է իր գործուն նպաստն ու ներդրումը բերել Ս. Էջմիածնի առաքելության իրականացման սրբազան գործում:


Պաշտոնեության անունից Վեհափառ Հայրապետին շնորհավորական խոսք ուղղեց նաև Մայր Աթոռի երիցագույն աշխատակիցներից տիար Նորայր Խաչատրյանը: Վերջինս ընդգծեց, որ Վեհափառ Հայրապետի 20-ամյա գահակալության տարիներին հետևողական կերպով իրագործվել են բազմաթիվ ծրագրեր քարոզչական, կրթական, սոցիալական և եկեղեցաշինության ոլորտներում: Պրն. Խաչատրյանը Նորին Սրբությանը բարեմաղթեց ուժ, եռանդ և հաստատակամություն ազգի և Եկեղեցու առջև ծառացած մարտահրավերների հաղթահարման համար:


Այնուհետև Ամանորի և Ս. Ծննդյան տոների առիթով ներկաներին շնորհավորեց և իր հայրապետական օրհնությունն ու բարեմաղթանքները փոխանցեց Գարեգին Երկրորդ Ամենայն Հայոց Կաթողիկոսը:


Նորին Սրբությունը, իր ուրախությունը հայտնելով ավանդական դարձած հանդիպման կապակցությամբ, իր շնորհակալությունն ու գնահատանքը հայտնեց Մայր Աթոռի աշխատակազմին նվիրյալ ծառայության համար, որի շնորհիվ արդյունավորվում է Ս. Էջմիածնի առաքելությունը, պայծառանում Հայ Եկեղեցու հոգևոր կենտրոնը:


Վեհափառ Հայրապետն անդրադարձ կատարեց տարվա ընթացքում նախանշվող կարևոր ծրագրերին: Մասնավորապես, 2019 թվականը Ընտանիքի տարի հռչակելու առիթով Մայր Աթոռի կողմից կանցկացվեն հասարակության մեջ ընտանիքի արժևորման, ընտանեկան արժեքների և ամրության բարձրացմանն ուղղված միջոցառումներ: Նորին Սրբությունը տեղեկացրեց ընթացիկ տարում Ազգային-եկեղեցական ժողովի գումարման, Մայր Տաճարի ու Վեհարանի հիմնանորոգության աշխատանքների և եկեղեցական նոր ծրագրերի մասին: Վերջում Ամենայն Հայոց Կաթողիկոսը Մայր Աթոռի աշխատակիցներին մաղթեց քաջառողջություն, երջանկություն ու հաջողություններ իրենց կյանքում:

 

 

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