The government-run project supported by the World Bank in collaboration with UNICEF has so far created 275 new early education facilities across Armenia, mostly in the country’s rural regions where the need is greatest. In addition, the project has provided nearly 600 educators with training in updated early education techniques.
“All the staff has higher education, but the training taught us to be more innovative and use new materials, and it helped us approach each child individually, so it was extremely beneficial,” said Marine Grigoryan, a Kindergarten Principal, in the village of Zangakatun in Ararat region.
Under the project, her kindergarten and others across the country have been revived.
New early education centers have also been created through the project in already existing schools.
Parent, Armenuhi Nazaryan, says the newly added kindergarten to her village’s school in Vayots Dzor will be good for her four-year-old son, as soon as he gets used to it.
“It is hard for him at first, but he is adapting little by little,” she said.
The project’s objectives of increasing school readiness levels and the enrollment in preschool institutions - especially among Armenia’s poorest communities - are being achieved, says the country’s Education Ministry, which is implementing the education project.