22.04.2020 - Armenian National Commission

The Armenian National Commission outlines measures taken during COVID-19 outbreak

Following are some examples of numerous initiatives undertaken to support culture and education in Armenia

CULTURE

-  Online museum programs 

The "From home to Museum and Library" Facebook common platform has been created  with educational, cognitive and entertainment programs offered by 25 museums and 12 libraries (https://www.facebook.com/groups/497738774234372/)

Museums have developed online programs on their Facebook, Instagram or websites with hashtags # From home Museums, # museum will come home, #Inter-Museum Collaboration, # Engage in self-education # work together. They provide intellectual quizzes for different age groups, film screenings, online discussions, articles, memoirs about artists, online museum-visitor collaboration programs, reading, painting, literary, music, animation games, youth competitions, cognitive films, exhibitions, Quest competitions, online educational programs, etc. 

As a joint project implemented by the Armenian National Commission for UNESCO and Hovhannes Toumanian Museum, "The Liar" fairy-tale by the writer Hovhannes Toumanian was read in 10 languages and have brought together many kids around the world to manifest unity, linguistic and cultural diversity, to interconnect through culture and to show a great desire to continue learning and exploring during the hard times of COVID-19 pandemic.  You are invited to enjoy “The Liar” by Hovhannes #Toumanian interpreted by children from 10 countries at the following link:   https://www.facebook.com/Tumanyanmuseumofficial/videos/503479383679893

-  Online library programs

The 12 libraries under subordination of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport use social networks (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Telegram, YouTube) to provide round-the-clock services and active communication with readers. They offer a variety of online platforms, digital and audio-visual materials in Armenian and other languages, to organize meaningful entertainment for the population, to encourage self-education and to make the educational process at home continuous.

The reading community has come together on the “Libraries in Your Home” https://www.facebook.com/groups/524377838490703/ Facebook page and #StayHomeandReadaBook hashtag. 

-  Online theater, music, cinema and TV programs

A program entitled "Cultural Corona pause" has been created, during which the film crew, accompanied by the Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport, make tours to cultural institutions. The programs about the Yerevan State Puppet Theatre named after Hovhannes Toumanian, Matenadaran (the Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts) and Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall have already been shot and posted on the ministry's Facebook page. 

On the initiative of the Public Television and the National Cinema Center of Armenia, a TV program entitled "Unseen Cinema" was launched on March 6, 2020. Within the framework of the program, full-length feature, documentary and short films shot in Armenia are shown every Friday. Film director Anna Arshatyan's "Good Morning" and Lusine Sargsyan's "Entrance" films have already been shown, both of them are debut films. 

"Everything About Cartoon" project has been created on webtv.am youtube (cultural) channel by the National Cinema Center of Armenia and the Union of Cinematographers of Armenia, with the support of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport. 14 best Armenian cartoons and animated films are available at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/user/WebTVam/playlists  

Theatrical-concert organizations operating under the coordination of the department for modern art of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport broadcast the videos of their performances and concerts online.

EDUCATION

A comprehensive distance education resources website has been launched. The Armenian Educational Portal armedu.am includes a number of websites, a resource library, an educational forum, a distance learning platform, interactive learning technologies and a complex distance learning pages that are constantly updated.

Higher education institutions also implement the distance learning through various online platforms.

On the http://elearning.am platform  “Introduction to online education” online training is provided for 158 teachers of vocational schools and colleges.

Every day the Public Television 1tv.am broadcasts video lessons daily. Entire population of Armenia has access to Public Television programs.

Moreover, the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport in collaboration with Rostelecom mobile operator, has introduced a new educational TV channel, Hybrid Edu (ch121), which is broadcasted by the company's SMART TV.

In collaboration with Ucom mobile operator the Ministry has also launched new distance education television applications. Video tutorials are uploaded to Ucom's UTV Video Rental (VoD) distance learning section by grade, date and subject. 

 




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