Students of Tbilisi public school #182, sponsored by a mini-grant project, initiated the support of integration of children with special needs of the day center “Mzis Sivtse” (Sun Space) into the society. Various activities were organized to support better integration of students and beneficiaries of the day center. Students arraigned a joint visit to the theater and attended a performance.
Presentation of the new initiative of MT students "the library of civics initiatives" was held in Batumi. Civics students will create a blog named "the library of civics initiatives", where successfully implemented and current projects will be shared. The blog will be an online platform for students to share their ides, information and to plan civics activities. An interwoven system will also be activated on the blog and students will have the opportunity to join thematically interesting activities.
Fort Ross Founder's countrymen from Cherepovets, Vologda Region and PILGRIMS from Orekhovo‐Zuevo, Moscow Region winning teams traveled to the United States on July 21‐ August 4, 2016 and visited Fort Ross during its annual Summer Festival.
Fort Ross is very beautiful, cozy, comfortable and inspiring! Danil Lisoy, Cherepovets When I just started to read about Fort Ross, there was one thing that immediately stuck in my mind ‐ a story about Native American tribe ‐ Kasaya Pomo. I really wanted to see them, to watch their dances and, perhaps, to talk to them. My dream has come true!
Daria Obladan, Orekhovo‐Zuevo
My heart is filled with sincere admiration and gratitude to those ordinary people, who for many, many years, preserve, maintain and restore the "Russian heritage", who work on organizing historical and seasonal themed festivals to let people remember and not forget their history, their roots, to maintain and develop good‐neighborly relations.
Tatiana Nosareva, Orekhovo‐Zuevo
We crossed the Atlantic Ocean, opened dynamic New York city, met Lady of Liberty. We drove by bus to hot white‐stone Washington, visited all the Smithsonian museums and even got registered in the Library of Congress. Then we crossed North America over amazing landscapes, saw the most beautiful Golden Gate Bridge in the atmospheric city of San Francisco. We drove along the breathtaking serpentine road, admiring stunning views: the omnipresent shade, sharp rocks, frightening crevasses, towering mountains, incredible storming Pacific Ocean. Finally we came to Fort Ross the place we have dreamed to visit.
Evgeny Sovietov, Cherepovets
To sum up my impressions I should say that I was overwhelmed by the whole range of feelings that have swept over me. New cultures, new cities and new people! During the first few days of the trip, I did not even realize where I was. But now when everything is settled, I can tell you how glad I am that we took part in this competition. After all, we have not only won it, but we overcame ourselves. Now there is nothing we can't do!
On November 26, 2016 in Yeghvard and then on November 30 Armavir, Anna Avagyan, a lecturer of Spanish at Slavonic University in Armenia, a graduate of "English for International Visitors" program and also a former PHI staff who implemented a number of youth programs within PHI's "Armenia School Connectivity Program" conducted for Armenian Access Students a presentation on "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens" based on Sean Covey's bestselling book.
During the Q&A session of this exciting enhancement activity Anna encouraged the students to not only strive for effectiveness but also uncover in themselves their sleeping talents and fully realize their potential. She shared with the students her life story and told them how she got involved with yoga to turn into a yoga master today, how she initiated her exhibitions of collages made of watch details in Yerevan and then in Sydney, how she wrote and recorded her first songs. The students were fascinated with her example and shared with her their own dreams confirming that the presentation on the habits of effective teens will be of genuine help to them in their future endeavors.
Civics club students of Chiatura's St. Andrew the First-Called Gymnasium conducted an advocacy process for the renovation of the pedestrian bridge leading to the gymnasium and used by community members. The students organized an information campaign and meeting with the governor of the local municipality to solve the problem. Local municipality authorities reacted to the students’ request and re-sent their letter to the Georgian Railway that is responsible of the renovation of such constructions. As a result of the students' initiative and good cooperation with local authorities, one of the important problems of the community has been solved. On October 10, 2016, the renovation works started and according to the renovation implementation plan will last until January 30, 2017.
On November 28, 2016 John Beauparlant, a former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer serving in Armenia and currently living in Nor Hachn, Armenia, a long-time supporter of PHI's Access Program visited Armavir Access group to hold an enhancement lesson on differences and similarities of Armenian and American Cultures.
During a very interactive lesson followed by heated discussions he covered many aspects of culture including religion, language, gender relationships, family structures, etc. The students actively participated, shared their ideas on each theme proposed by the speaker and expressed a need for further meetings in cross-cultural issues.
On November 11, 2016 a group of 36 Armenian students enrolled in the English Access Microscholarship Program (2015-16) from towns of Armavir and Yeghvard visited Dilijan-based United World College.
During their Winter 2016 Access Camp as a guest speaker both groups hosted Narek Galstyan, a graduate of the UWC Adriatic, who exposed them to the diverse educational and professional development opportunities within the of UWC movement and encouraged them to utilize these opportunities.
In Dilijan college two Armenian students met the Access group and offered them a tour of the college, presenting them information about the campus life, about the differences of IB education contrasted with that of the Armenian High School, talked about their interactions with the students from 46 other countries studying in the college.
The students visited the library, the Arts Area, the sports hall, the laboratories, also asked many questions and received a lot of information related to the student recruitment process, the complete and partial scholarships.
This was a very informative as well as a fun day for the Access students many of whom decided to respond to the currently open UWC call for applications.
PHI Armenia office launched the next cycle (Oct. 2016- Sept. 2018) of the English Access Microscholarship Program funded by the U.S. State Department, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Exchange Programs. Through a 3-stage rigorous recruitment process a group of 54 13-15 year old Armenian students from the towns of Goris, Chambarak and Nor Hachn were selected to be enrolled in the program.
The English Access Microscholarship Program (Access) provides a foundation of English language skills to talented 13-20 year-olds from economically disadvantaged sectors through after-school classes and intensive sessions. Access gives participants English skills that may lead to better jobs and educational prospects. Participants also gain the ability to compete for and participate in future exchanges and study in the United States.