Zartonok-89 NGO

Progress Report:

Project leader Nare Gareginyan

The aim of the project is to assist community youth involvement in the development process of their communities, to develop IT and Media spheres and to increase the volunteering activity level in their communities. After the successful fulfillment of our set goals we have the following results:

1. More than 300 active beneficiaries from ten regions of Armenia and Yerevan (14-30 year: 143 boys and 174 girls) who took part in the 'ICT as a Tool for Young Voices' gained research skills and improved their knowledge level on IT.
2. The Youth from the mentioned regions are now engaged in more organizational activities. Nearly 15 young boys and girls from each region organize ongoing meetings, discussions about community tasks.
3. Our beneficiaries actively take part in community meetings; organize online discussions with the Youth from the other communities.

I am Nare, head of “Young journalists’ online center” of Zartonk-89 NGO, as well as leader of 'ICT as a Tool for Young Voices' project. In order to plan our further steps I organized meetings with the responsible of the regional groups. After summing up the results of regional meetings and taking into account the suggestions of the Youth we are going to

1. Strengthen the internal and external capabilities of the community groups.
2. Assist in community based experience exchange and partnership opportunities among the Youth.
3. Obtaining technical means and their application.

Our Progress In Seven Armenian Communities:

Progress report

In October 2 members of the monitoring group of our organization visited to 7 communities (Byurakan, Arapi, Vanadzor, Khor Virab, Martuni, Hrazadan and Gandzaqar), where “Providing Education for 150 children in Armenia” project is being implemented. During the meetings they talked to the beneficiaries, their parents and tutors about project importance and implementation in their communities. The children who haven't gotten enough education because of different reasons (social bad conditions, parentless and etc.) from their compeers, in the result of trainings they obtained basic knowledge and continued their education at school. Especially they mentioned on the following subjects: Math, Armenian language, Geography and History.

The impression is that in Vanadzor city the children get basic knowledge with the help of netbooks. They learn how to use netbook for getting basic knowledge.

In Arpi community of Shirak region where 15 beneficiaries are participated in our project, 2 of them who are socially needy children are involved in trainings. The other participants of the project are assisting them .The tutors are conducting with them individually as well.

The trainings were well organized in Khor Virap as well. There were children who even didn't know the letters in that community. Thanks to hard work of the tutors they learnt to read and write. They started to learn the other subjects as well.

In all communities we have progress, in each community the number of beneficiaries is 15-16. During the training our beneficiaries acquired basic knowledge, became more confident and encouraged. In the result we have planned to implement this project in 3 communities: Shenik, Shaqe and Eghegnadzor as well. We talked to Arus who is the project coordinator in Hrazdan.

           Hello. I am Arus from Hrazdan. I am responsible for youth journalist center in Kotayk region and also the coordinator of “Providing Education for 150 children in Armenia” project in our community. The project was beneficial for me, the tutors and the participants. Due to this project we overcame all the problems appeared for them that even the tutors couldn't do. During this project we could give the children basic education due to which they became more self-confident and encouraged. We managed to reveal their strong and weak sides and give them new skills. In that short period we became their tutors and friends. The 15 beneficiaries liked us and our project. Every time after the training they asked for additional individual trainings. The parents of the beneficiaries are satisfied for the project as well. The participants of the project are socially needy children. The first day they were constrained and ashamed to communicate and we managed to involve them in the discussion during the project. Even the tutors and the director thanked us for the project. I and my team are very excited from the project and grateful to give us such an opportunity. We hope the project will be continued, we will have an opportunity to work with children which will be useful for them.