By Tamara Babaian
In August 2021 the Armenians Forward Together (AFT) Forum in Yerevan brought together more than 25 different organizations, including business, nonprofits and governmental agencies, and over 200 individuals interested in sharing about their work and creating new collaborative ties. Participants from eight different countries came together in three days of presentations and workshops, aimed at strengthening Armenia and Artsakh. While the AFT website and social media channels document the Forum’s activities and press coverage, this article highlights one volunteer organization, EduArmenia, and ways in which Armenians living in the diaspora contribute their experience and knowledge in a mission to elevate primary and secondary education in Armenia and Artsakh.
Vicky Kherlopian lives in Belmont, Mass. After a distinguished and fulfilling career as a mathematics and ESL teacher, she now works as a Boston University field supervisor, supervising teacher candidates for Elementary Education Certification and Bilingual/ELL Teaching Certification.
Mrs. Kherlopian is also very well-known to the education specialists and teachers all over Armenia as a devoted member of EduArmenia. She shares her wisdom, experience and knowledge of the teaching methodologies and program administration through preparing written materials as well as conducting online seminars over Zoom. Hundreds of teachers from different regions of Armenia and Artsakh get inspired and learn from the work that Vicky and other volunteers put into supporting and enriching the education culture in Armenia.
“It is a great satisfaction to work with our teachers in Armenia and Artsakh,” Vicky says. “They are very dedicated and hungry to incorporate global education into their practice. It is our duty to encourage their enormous hard work and civic responsibility to shape the future generations through excellent education. We need to spark a national conversation about transforming teaching for the 21st century. EduArmenia brings a group of professionals from around the world to promote educational success, professional excellence, and collaborative teaching. These important ideas brought my interests to join EduArmenia to share my experiences and bring my humble contribution to the education system in Armenia.”