Northridge, CA (PRWEB) September 3, 2010
Political leaders, board members, teachers, students, journalists and honorable guests packed the auditorium of Writer’s Union Building in Yerevan, Republic of Armenia, on June 18th, 2010, for the first annual AAEF Academic Awards Ceremony. The event was organized to recognize 94 students and teachers from all of the AAEF-sponsored colleges and vocational high schools for their achievements during the past school year. The Director of the AAEF Armenia office, Mr. Kamo Novshatyan, delivered the opening speech and introduced the distinguished guests. Special recognition certificates and AAEF Medals of Excellence were issued to 77 students and 17 teachers selected according to the evaluation criteria of AAEF awards program.
Those students and teachers who had finished the school year with outstanding achievements were awarded gifts and cash prizes. Cultural performances of national dance, poetry and singing were given by the students of the AAEF-sponsored schools.
This award ceremony is the result of the continued collaboration between the AAEF and the Ministry of Education within the framework of the AAEF Vocation High School Project, which envisaged and implemented the establishment of ten vocation high schools in each of the administrative regions (Marz) of the Republic of Armenia. Honorary guests included the RA Deputy Minister of Education Mariam Sargsyan, RA Deputy Minister of Science Karen Martirosyan, RA Deputy Minister of Diaspora Sirvard Hambaryan, AAEF President Anoushavan Abrahamian, AAEF Vice-President Ofik Abrahamian and AAEF Board Member Levon Thorose. They were joined by the Principals of all the AAEF-sponsored schools and the representatives of the regional Dioceses of the Armenian Church [chairing the Independent School Committees], friends and family of the students.
For years AAEF has focused efforts towards celebrating success and achievements in their schools. However, what makes their award ceremonies unique from many others is their insistence on celebrating success not only of the students but also of the educators. It is AAEF’s belief that improved education starts with an appreciation for the teachers who sacrifice so much for their students.