Alvard Karapetyan is an ambitious young woman who wants to make a difference in Armenia’s education system. She is one of this year’s new recipients of FAR’s Armine and Garabed Zambak Scholarship Program, which is enabling her to pursue an MPA at Yerevan State University of Linguistics and Social Sciences.

Zambak isn’t Alvard’s first scholarship. In 2018, she received a DAAD academic scholarship which took her back to Germany, a country she’d first visited at age 13 as an exchange student.

“I had never left the boundaries of Armenia before, so the program was a turning point in my life. It widened my horizons, changed my life goals, and helped me land in the education system,” said Alvard, who is also now a German teacher at a Yerevan public school. In her classroom, she tries to use innovative and creative techniques by asking her students to ask, analyze and debate certain topics like human rights, education, and the environment.

Through her graduate studies, Alvard hopes to gain skills needed to reform curriculum in Armenia on a higher level, to make the classroom experience more collaborative and exploratory as opposed to authoritarian based on memorization and repetition.

“I will use my knowledge and experience to contribute to the more effective management of the educational system in Armenia and Artsakh, and for the enhancement of the quality of education,” she said.