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[BCPP]: Five More Schools Renovated in Tavush Province image

The children could hardly contain their excitement as their guests gathered in their kindergarten’s newly renovated kitchen. For more than 35 years, generations of children at the school had become comfortable with the kitchen’s musty walls and its damaged floor, windows, and doors. There had been no appropriate space to prepare daily meals, and no actual place where the children could sit and eat their food.

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[FAR Health Programs]: Finding Another Way to Better Child Development in Tavush image

Doctor Olga Nazanyan holds a photo up in front of two-year-old Ono. “Hey, Ono. What’s this?” she says. “It’s a bit,” he says, shortening the word for rabbit. “And this one?” “It’s a fly.” (meaning butterfly) Dr. Nazanyan’s questions are part of a new study initiated by FAR’s healthcare team, which focuses on assessing the cognitive and mental development of toddlers (nine to 36 months old), and the ability to shape a child’s perceptual, mental, cognitive, and speech abilities.

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[BCPP]: Supporting Teach For Armenia Fellows in Border Communities image

In 2017, FAR, as part of its Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program (BCPP), conducted a survey in Tavush Province to understand where the Berd Region’s public schools stood in terms of having qualified teachers. We found there was a dearth of teachers for subjects like math, chemistry, biology, English, history, etc. As a result, we developed a partnership with Teach for Armenia so that select fellows could start teaching in Berd and its surrounding communities, which is where FAR has been implementing BCPP for the past five years.

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