The need for a new education agenda

Date: February 8, 2018

Time:18:30-21:00

Place: “Noyyan Tapan” bookstore

Speaker: Serob Khachatryan (education expert)

On February 8, IPP organized a discussion on “The need for a new education agenda”. The speaker was education expert Serob Khachatryan.

Presented below are key points of the discussion.

Part 1.

  • 2003-2006 was a breakthrough period for the educational system in Armenia. The philosophy of the system was changed, the criteria for the school subjects and financing were revised, the teachers were being trained, the system was transformed to twelve-year education system with high-schools. But as there was no mobilization and consensus over certain ideas, the reforms failed because of the lack of financial resources and subsequent political events.
  • Today, in the modern world, the requirements and effectiveness criteria for education are changing.The UN Sustainable Development Agenda, which focuses not only on the physical presence at school but on the quality education, highlights the importance of inclusive and proportionate development that implies education throughout  lifetime.
  • According to the data published during the Davos 2018 international conference, Armenia occupies the 114 place within 118 countries, according to its education indicators. This means that our educational system doesn’t provide continuous involvement in the learning process, students do not perceive education as an endless process.
  • For the effectiveness of further conceptual changes, it is important to understand why current changes do not lead to expected results and are condemned to fail.
  • One of the reasons is the social environment where students spend their time out of school. Today students fall under the influence of the business-marketing environment from early childhood, and lose their interest toward education. In this case it is hard to capture students’ attention and help them concentrate on education. Education implies long-term.

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