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10
Oct
2017
Chief Executive of Cambridge Assessment International Education first time in Armenia

On October 9, Armenia hosted Chief Executive of Cambridge Assessment International Education Michael O’Sullivan for the first time.

Mr. Sullivan was in Armenia to sum up the three-year collaboration with the Ayb Educational Foundation within the framework of the Araratian Baccalaureate program, an internationally-recognized Armenian language educational program, and discuss further plans.

It should be reminded that within the framework of the established collaboration, Cambridge Assessment International Education supports the elaboration of AB exams in Armenian language as well as the international recognition of AB certificates.

During the one-day visit, Michael O’Sullivan toured Ayb School, the first educational institution in Armenia offering the Araratian Baccalaureate, and got acquainted with life at school, its technical possibilities as well as programs carried out by the students.

Afterwards, the Chief Executive had a meeting with President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan, who stressed that the ongoing cooperation between the Ayb Educational Foundation and its international partner, Cambridge Assessment International Education, will help Armenia give a new impetus to reforms in secondary education, aimed at providing high quality education to students. “The implementation of the Araratian Baccalaureate in Armenian schools plays an important role in building an internationally acceptable and competitive system based on best Armenian learning traditions and leading modern education practice,” underscored the President.

In his turn, Michael O’Sullivan noted that the Cambridge Assessment International Education is trying to reform educational systems in many countries by localizing today’s best practices in a bid to shape a new education system. According to Mr. O’Sullivan, Armenia has built up a solid foundation for such improvements. “We have a good partner in Armenia, the Ayb Educational Foundation, and our collaboration enables us carry out the necessary reforms,” said the Chief Executive.

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06
Oct
2017
Elaboration of Araratian Baccalaureate School Leadership Development Program underway

The elaboration of the Araratian Baccalaureate School Leadership Development Program continues. The program is being developed by the Ayb Educational Foundation in close collaboration with the University College London (UCL) Institute of Education (IoE).

To this end, training specialists from the UCL Institute of Education – International Leadership Development Program Director Jonathan Dale and Consultant Tony Richardson arrived in Armenia. On October 4-5, the specialists visited four regions in Armenia, particularly Kotayk, Lori, Armavir and Vayots Dzor, to meet with the principals and vice-principals of the Araratian Baccalaureate candidate schools to jointly develop the AB School Leadership Development Program.

The meetings comprised two parts – first, the specialists presented the results and conclusions of global researches regarding the role of school leadership and effective management. Afterwards, the principals and vice-principals of the AB candidate schools had group discussions to specify the role of Armenian school leadership and the areas of work.

According to specialists, it was very inspiring to see that despite the physical environment issues of schools, the AB candidate schools have dedicated principals and teachers who are open to changes.

The meetings will be summed up in the near future, and the results will serve as a basis for elaborating the leadership standards and the draft leadership development program.

On October 6, Jonathan Dale and Tony Richardson had a meeting with Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Armenia Davit Sahakyan. Sona Koshetsyan, Executive Director of the Ayb Educational Foundation, was also present at the meeting.

The goal behind the meeting was to learn about the Ministry’s stance on Armenian school management, leadership standards and leadership role. The meeting focused on the vision for the development of education in Armenia, particularly, the importance of the role of the Araratian Baccalaureate and the leadership development program in it.

The elaboration of the Araratian Baccalaureate School Leadership Development Program is expected to be completed in spring, 2018. Works aimed at the elaboration of this program were launched in summer, 2017.

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26
Jul
2017
Head Master of Westminster School is in Armenia

At the official invitation of the Ayb Educational Foundation, Patrick Derham, the Head Master of Westminster School, is in Armenia.

Mr. Derham’s visit to Armenia has been organized within the framework of the rollout of the Araratian Baccalaureate educational program to schools in Armenia, for the purpose of establishing cooperation and exchange of practice.While in Armenia (from July 27 to August 2), Mr. Derham will visit Ayb School, as well as UWC Dilijan, Dilijan Central School, Tumo Center for Creative Technologies and American University of Armenia to get acquainted with the innovative projects and reforms carried out in Armenia’s education sector.

About Westminster School
Westminster School was established in the 11th-12th centuries. Today it is one of UK’s most reputable and leading academic schools and has the highest number (roughly 50%) of students going to Oxford or Cambridge Universities. The school is also known for the number of political figures that have studied there; among them are six of the UK Prime Ministers. 

About the Araratian Baccalaureate
The Araratian Baccalaureate (AB) is an internationally recognized Armenian-language educational program, which was designed by the Ayb Educational Foundation and was further improved within the framework of the National Program for Educational Excellence (NPEE). In 2016, the Government of Armenia recognized the Araratian Baccalaureate as a state public education program in Armenia.In the same year, UK NARIC, one of the most reputable agencies of recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills,  found the AB comparable to leading international educational programs such as the UK GCE A Levels and US Advanced Placement, and in 2017, the AB was added to the list of foreign international qualifications of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) (a UK-based organization that operates the application process for British universities) among such leading qualifications as the International Baccalaureate, the European Baccalaureate, etc.Starting September 1, 2018, the AB will be rolled out to a number of high schools in Armenian regions and Stepanakert. The program is carried out along with the Ministry of Education and Science in collaboration with Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and the University College London (UCL) Institute of Education (IOE). The program will be offered along with the state program, granting students broader opportunities for the high school educational program and ensuring local and international recognition of their education, graduation marks, and diplomas.

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02
Jun
2017
Araratian Baccalaureate: new school network in Armenia and Artsakh

Director of the National Program for Educational Excellence (NPEE) Fr. Mesrop Aramian said this in his opening speech during the ceremony held on May 30 in Matenadaran's meeting hall. The goal was to summarize the path of the NPEE, to announce the launch of preparing the network of schools within the framework of the new educational program “Araratian Baccalaureate”, and to present the first schools of Armenian regions and Artsakh joining the program.

The event was also attended by the Acting Minister of Education and Science of the RA Levon Mkrtchyan and the RA President Serzh Sargsyan who had their speeches during it.

"In September 2014, in Gyumri, the President of the RA announced the launch of the NPEE, and the works started. During this time, we not only managed to bring the syllabus for the subjects covered by Araratian Baccalaureate into full compliance with international standards, but also to develop a program for training and certification of teachers in line with such standards. Besides, within just 2.5 years, the fastest ever, we achieved the goal – currently, internationally recognized examinations are conducted in Armenia, which have a very important and unique feature - these examinations are conducted in the Armenian language", said Fr. Mesrop, once again emphasizing that the AB is in the Armenian language, with the Armenian spirit; a program fully developed in Armenia, by Armenian specialists.

The program will be implemented in 21 high schools of Armenian regions and Artsakh (20 in the RA regions and one in Artsakh). It is expected that over the next 10 years  the Araratian Baccalaureate program will be introduced in all high schools of the RA.

Fr. Mesrop Aramyan stated that they were to select 21 schools, but in fact they selected twice as much. In his opinion, it proves that there are highly qualified teachers in our regions and in Artsakh; besides, there is a very important factor – dedication and trust in our own future. "The reason why this program begins from the regions is to provide all our children with the opportunity to acquire the best education,"  he said.

“The Araratian Baccalaureate program solves the issue of quality of the education, which is composed of three major components - knowledge, skills, and upbringing. If these three are not there simultaneously, one cannot talk about quality of education,” said Minister of Education Levon Mkrtchyan.

During the event, the Minister of Education awarded certificates of acknowledgment to 12 teachers from 21 candidate schools who had the highest results in examinations of AB subjects.

Thereafter, the RA President awarded certificates of acknowledgment to the best candidate schools that had been involved in establishment of the AB school network and scored high in examinations of AB subjects.

"For years we have been saying that the best education, knowledge-based economy, and high technologies can be the most important aspects for Armenia's future. In my opinion, we have reached an agreement and have formed a public opinion with this respect, and there are no differences in our society with relation to these goals. Today, with the help of Araratian Baccalaureate, we give the answer to the question how to accomplish this noble and justified objective. Araratian Baccalaureate is a national program for educational excellence, therefore we will be consistent about implementing it all over our republic. Today, actually, we have announced the launch of the first phase of this work," said the RA President, closing the event.

At the end of the event, the Acting Executive Director of the Ayb Educational Foundation Sona Koshetsyan and Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the RA David Sahakyan awarded certificates to all 21 schools included in the nomination stage for Araratian Baccalaureate this year. It is planned that the teaching with Araratian Baccalaureate program will start at these schools already in September 2018.

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15
May
2017
This year 21 schools will become candidates to be involved in Araratian Baccalaureate program

The selection of schools that will advance to the candidacy phase of the Araratian Baccalaureate (AB) internationally recognized Armenian-language educational program is still underway, however, we already know how many schools will start their candidacy phase this year. 

This year, AB school candidacy phase will kickstart in 21 schools offering the high school program: 20 in Armenian regions and one in Stepanakert. This means these schools will be able to be certified starting from 2018 and offer the AB program, including the AB curricula in one class. Upon their wish, schools may also opt to offer the program in the entire schools.See the full list of the 21 schools here.

The final selection of these candidate schools has been made based on։•    individual visits to preselected 27 schools made from February 22 to March 10; •    individual meetings of the teams of those 27 schools with the members of the AB Candidate School Selection Committee held on March 11-12.The members of the AB Candidate School Selection Committee are Minister of Education and Science of Armenia Levon Mkrtchyan, Deputy Minister of Education and Science Davit Sahakyan, Deputy Defense Minister, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ayb Educational Foundation, advisor to the president of Armenia on Education, Director of the National Program for Educational Excellence (NPEE) Fr. Mesrop Aramian, and AGBU (Armenian General Benevolent Union) Central Board Member President of AGBU Armenia Vasken Yacoubian. 

As a reminder, 54 schools in Armenian regions and one school in Stepanakert had applied to offer the AB program. Based on the study of the submitted applications these schools have been distributed as per the year they will enter the candidacy phase. 

The Araratian Baccalaureate (AB) is an internationally recognized Armenian-language educational program, which is to provide competitive school education for all schoolchildren in Armenia. The Program was designed by the Ayb Educational Foundation and was further improved within the framework of the National Program for Educational Excellence (NPEE).

 

In the first stage, the program will be rolled out to selected schools in Armenian regions and Stepanakert with at least one class with the goal to expand in the future. The first regional schools to offer the AB program are expected to welcome their first AB students on September 1, 2018.The program is carried out along with the Ministry of Education and Science in collaboration with Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and the University College London (UCL) Institute of Education (IOE). The program will be offered along with the state program, granting students broader opportunities for the high school educational program and ensuring local and international recognition of their education, graduation marks, and diplomas.In 2015, AB was benchmarked by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and was found comparable to UK GCE A Levels. In August 2016, one of the most reputable agencies of recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills – UK NARIC – also found AB comparable to leading international educational programs such as the UK GCE A Levels and US Advanced Placement (AP). AB’s comparability to these educational programs grants Armenian students the chance to take international exams in Armenian and, based on their results, be able to get admitted to top universities around the world or be granted credits in those universities.

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14
Apr
2017
Around 300 teachers from Armenia and Artsakh have applied to participate in Araratian Baccalaureate teacher development program

The first phase of involvement of teachers in the Araratian Baccalaureate professional teacher development and certification program – the call for applications, which had opened on March 15, closed on April 15. 

Over 300 specialists from Armenia and Artsakh applied to take part in this unique teacher development program in Armenia, which was elaborated by the Ayb Educational Foundation along with one of the most reputable educational institutions in the UK, University College London (UCL) Institute of Education (IoE)

In this phase only those persons were eligible to apply to the program who teach or specialize in six subjects – Armenian language and literature, Armenian history, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology. 

Presently, the applications are being studied, grouped and classified. In the coming days, those meeting the requirements of the application phase will be notified about the details of the upcoming subject test and will be invited to participate in it. The centralized subject testing is scheduled for April 23. 

It should be noted that the selection of the teachers will be done on a competitive basis and the priority will be given to teachers from AB candidate schools. Afterwards, the selection priority “curve” will go down to teachers from schools located close to AB candidate schools, regions where AB candidate schools are located, regions neighboring AB candidate schools, and Yerevan. 

The AB professional teacher development and certification program is a 10-11-month free development program developed by the Ayb Educational Foundation in collaboration with the University College London (UCL) Institute of Education (IoE). 

The program is carried out through face to face trainings and online teaching. The first part (20-21 weeks) includes three face to face trainings each 2-3 lasting days, while the second part (20 weeks) is the probation period during which the AB candidate teachers test the knowledge and skills they obtain during the program and work with their mentor advisors. During the probation period the AB candidate teachers carry out a research work, which forms an important component of their portfolio. 

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07
Apr
2017
“We got inspired and filled with lots of new ideas:” teachers of Araratian Baccalaureate candidate schools at Ayb Teacher Conference

From March 31 to April 1, Aghveran, a mountain resort in Armenia, played a host the 3rd Ayb Teacher Conference – a rare educational event in Armenia. For the first time ever the conference hosted not only teachers from Ayb School and Dilijan Central School but also over 20 teachers from 11 Araratian Baccalaureate candidate schools located in Armenian regions. 

“The goal behind inviting the teachers of the Araratian Baccalaureate candidate schools was to promote exchange and practice and communication between them and the Ayb schools, introduce them to the community of teachers that have taken part in the AB professional teacher development program as well as to their research works,” said Hasmik Kyureghyan, the conference coordinator and head of AB professional teacher development and certification department. According to her, they are planning to hold an Araratian Baccalaureate teacher conference in the future.

The first day of the two-day conference focused on a number of relevant educational topics, while the second day mostly focused on community-building issues related to Ayb. The teachers of the AB candidate schools participated in the first day of the conference and were highly impressed by the speech of Dr. Jacek Brant, the special guest of the conference. Dr. Brant spoke about quite an important topic: “What is Education?” The interactive discussion engaged almost everyone in it.

Besides discussion, the teachers of the AB candidate schools also took part in working meetings, poster presentations, project presentations, and a panel session. They were highly inspired and motivated by the two-hour panel session the speakers of which were: Fr. Mesrop Aramian, NPEE director, Chairman of the Ayb School Board of Trustees; Davit Pakhchanian, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ayb Educational Foundation, Deputy Defense Minister; David Sahakyan, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Armenia; and Aram Mehrabyan, Head of Dilijan Central School. The session was hosted by Head of Ayb School Aram Pakhchanian. The panel session gave them a reason to ponder over on the education schools and teachers should provide to ensure students’ all-round development and not turn it into a prison, thus restricting and impeding their development.

At the end of the first day of the conference we also talked to the teachers of the AB candidate schools to see their impressions of the conference, considering it was the first time they were participating in such a large-scale educational event promoting exchange of practice and knowledge and skill acquirement among teachers. The answers we got from them simply spoke of the great faith they had towards Ayb’s mission and the Araratian Baccalaureate program. 

I am excited to participate in this conference where education is in the spotlight. I am excited to know that bold approaches to education and discussions on education are being held. And most importantly, I realized that our country has taken a new approach to education — the students striving for learning will get all they need and the teachers longing for delivering such education will get the chance of a free and unconstrained teaching activity.

I especially loved the student assessment system the Araratian Baccalaureate offers. I was long dreaming of a day when I would not be forced to use grades in teaching. I believe there is only one thing that should be mandatory – the end result.I also loved the bright and smiling faces of the Ayb School teachers and their attitude to their work. I would love to see all teachers as much happy and contented with their work as they are.Elmira AmiraghyanNoyemberyan High School 

The Ayb Teacher conference served as a platform for interesting talks and discussions. We had meetings thanks to which we found answers to questions that long had the question marks hanging on them. We particularly enjoyed the panel session, which generated countless ideas. 

Thanks to the conference we came to know a number of likeminded persons, got motivated by Ayb’s example, and received positive emotions and a great energy for future.

Taro Hakobyan Vayk High School 

The conference reinforced my inspiration and wish to join the Ayb family through the Araratian Baccalaureate program. The topics discussed have always been in the focus of my attention but it was highly interesting to see a different approach and analysis of them.The bright faces of those present that radiated optimism, their loyalty to their dreams, their confidence in what they are striving for, the diversity of opinions, friendly relations, freedom of speech, expression of their opinions, etc., were highly inspiring, and we are overly thankful for that.Naira Tadevosyan Gyumri High School 

I was most interested in the panel sessions and the approaches to the vision of education the speakers of these sessions exhibited. Ayb movement and environment simply inspire.Alla SahakyanAyntap Secondary School No. 2 After Byuzand Margaryan 

It was very interesting to get to know the teachers of the schools that have also advanced to the candidacy phase of the Araratian Baccalaureate program. The conference gave answers to many of our questions. And most importantly, we got inspired; we believed in fairy tales and we will do our best to bring our own fairy tales into the Araratian Baccalaureate program.Seda Tunyan Stepanavan High School 

The freshness and vigor I saw today were more than inspiring. People ask me, “Why did you decide to join the Araratian Baccalaureate?” Being here today I simply got convinced that I had made the right decision. If you are devoted to your vocation, you should always make a step forward for your work to blossom and for you to leave the best after you. The work with generations is the most grateful of the missions.Gayane SafaryanVagharshapat High School No. 5 

I particularly loved your practice of student assessment. It would be great to introduce it in other general education institutions in Armenia as well. I loved the relations between the members of your teacher community, the fact that your teachers are happy and proud to be teachers – they were smiling and obviously, all that was genuine. 

Not only the market demands competition, but also the education sector. The employment of different teaching methods while using the same standard will lead to the overall progress of the system.Hasmik HayrapetyanHrazdan High School No. 

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15
Mar
2017
Involvement of teachers in Araratian Baccalaureate program commences

The much anticipated phase of the Araratian Baccalaureate internationally-recognized Armenian language program, the involvement of teachers in Araratian Baccalaureate teacher development and certification program, is starting today.The application form is available here.The AB teacher development program is designed as a 10-11-month training conducted through face-to-face sessions and online learning. From the very beginning of the program up to the end, all participating teachers are expected to collect a portfolio and conduct a research which serves a ground for the final assessment and eventually, certification.Those people are eligible to apply who:

-    have relevant qualification in pedagogy (Bachelors, Masters, diploma (for five-year higher education)) or at least 5 years’ pedagogical work experience in the past 10 years;

-    teach one of the following subjects: physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, Armenian history, Armenian language and literature; 

-    study in the last course of their Masters program, specializing in one the above-mentioned subjects, with the possibility to obtain pedagogical qualification.

The selection of the teachers will be done on a competitive basis and the priority will be given to teachers from AB candidate schools. Afterwards, the selection priority “curve” will go down to teachers from schools located close to AB candidate schools, regions where AB candidate schools are located, regions neighboring AB candidate schools, and Yerevan. The deadline for submitting applications is April 10.There is no participation fee, as the program is free of charge for all teachers.The Araratian Baccalaureate (AB) is an internationally recognized Armenian-language educational program, which is to provide competitive school education for all schoolchildren in Armenia. The Program was designed by the Ayb Educational Foundation and was further improved within the framework of the National Program for Educational Excellence (NPEE). In the first stage, the program will be rolled out to selected schools in Armenian regions and Stepanakert with at least one class with the goal to expand in the future. The first regional schools to offer the AB program are expected to welcome their first AB students on September 1, 2018. 

The program is carried out along with the Ministry of Education and Science in collaboration with Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and the University College London (UCL) Institute of Education (IOE). The program will be offered along with the state program, granting students broader opportunities for the high school educational program and ensuring local and international recognition of their education, graduation marks, and diplomas. 

In 2015, AB was benchmarked by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and was found comparable to UK GCE A Levels. In August 2016, one of the most reputable agencies of recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills – UK NARIC – also found AB comparable to leading international educational programs such as the UK GCE A Levels and US Advanced Placement (AP). AB’s comparability to these educational programs grants Armenian students the chance to take international exams in Armenian and, based on their results, be able to get admitted to top universities around the world or be granted credits in those universities. 

The Araratian Baccalaureate (AB) is an internationally recognized Armenian-language educational program, which is to provide competitive school education for all schoolchildren in Armenia. The Program was designed by the Ayb Educational Foundation and was further improved within the framework of the National Program for Educational Excellence (NPEE).

 

In the first stage, the program will be rolled out to selected schools in Armenian regions and Stepanakert with at least one class with the goal to expand in the future. The first regional schools to offer the AB program are expected to welcome their first AB students on September 1, 2018.The program is carried out along with the Ministry of Education and Science in collaboration with Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and the University College London (UCL) Institute of Education (IOE). The program will be offered along with the state program, granting students broader opportunities for the high school educational program and ensuring local and international recognition of their education, graduation marks, and diplomas.In 2015, AB was benchmarked by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and was found comparable to UK GCE A Levels. In August 2016, one of the most reputable agencies of recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills – UK NARIC – also found AB comparable to leading international educational programs such as the UK GCE A Levels and US Advanced Placement (AP). AB’s comparability to these educational programs grants Armenian students the chance to take international exams in Armenian and, based on their results, be able to get admitted to top universities around the world or be granted credits in those universities.

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22
Feb
2017
Araratian Baccalaureate does not wait; individual visits to schools kick off

The Araratian Baccalaureate (AB), an internationally recognized Armenian-language program, which gained momentum last year, continues to steadily move forward.

The deadline for submitting and presenting applications for schools in Armenian regions was in January and for schools in Artsakh in February, and today the next step of the application phase kicks off – individual visits to schools.

How many schools and for what purpose

Immediately after the application deadline, the applications were studied by the specialists of the AB School Enrolment Department. As a result, 27 schools were selected, of which 26 in Armenian regions and 1 in Stepanakert are projected to be certified as AB schools in 2018.

To get a holistic picture of these schools, in the coming two weeks the team of the National Program for Educational Excellence (NPEE), represented by Sona Koshetsyan, the аcting Еxecutive Director of the Ayb Educational Foundation, and Anush Ayvazyan, specialist of AB School Enrolment and Coordination Department, will conduct visits to these schools to get acquainted with their goals, learning approaches, environment, and traditions as well as to explore the areas that need further improvement.

All those schools that will prove to meet the standards required to become an AB school will advance to the next phase in March – the phase of candidacy. Upon completing this phase, the schools will be expected to have improved management system, certified teachers, and better learning environment.

“In case there are schools that don’t meet our requirements to proceed to the candidacy phase, we will set a different time period for them,” said Anush Ayvazyan reminding that Araratian Baccalaureate is a state program that is offered along with the current public education program and thus, it will be free of charge for all AB students.

Afterwards, the teachers of the schools that will be selected upon the visits will enroll in the teacher development program, a 10-11-month training program, which is aimed at the development of teachers’ subject delivery skills and abilities. And these will be the teachers that will then be entitled to teach the AB program.

It should be noted that schools may offer the AB in just one class or may wholly switch to this program upon their wish.

As a reminder, 54 schools in Armenian regions and one school in Stepanakert had applied to offer the AB program.

The Araratian Baccalaureate (AB) is an internationally recognized Armenian-language educational program, which is to provide competitive school education for all schoolchildren in Armenia. The Program was designed by the Ayb Educational Foundation and was further improved within the framework of the National Program for Educational Excellence (NPEE).

In the first stage, the program will be rolled out to selected schools in Armenian regions and Stepanakert with at least one class with the goal to expand in the future. The first regional schools to offer the AB program are expected to welcome their first AB students on September 1, 2018.

The program is carried out along with the Ministry of Education and Science in collaboration with Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and the University College London (UCL) Institute of Education (IOE). The program will be offered along with the state program, granting students broader opportunities for the high school educational program and ensuring local and international recognition of their education, graduation marks, and diplomas.

In 2015, AB was benchmarked by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and was found comparable to UK GCE A Levels. In August 2016, one of the most reputable agencies of recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills – UK NARIC – also found AB comparable to leading international educational programs such as the UK GCE A Levels and US Advanced Placement (AP). AB’s comparability to these educational programs grants Armenian students the chance to take international exams in Armenian and, based on their results, be able to get admitted to top universities around the world or be granted credits in those universities.

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03
Feb
2017
54 Schools Have Applied to Join Araratian Baccalaureate Educational Program

The first phase of joining the Araratian Baccalaureate (AB), an internationally-recognized new Armenian-language educational program − the Application phase, which kickstarted on December 20, was completed.

Overall, 54 schools (28 high schools, 23 secondary schools and 3 colleges) in Armenian regions that offer the high school program have submitted the applications, thus expressing their wish to offer the AB.

This is a stunning number − a gladsome result that imposes high responsibility on the Ayb Educational Foundation. It is the two-fold of what we expected and it speaks of the trust Ayb gained through its 10-year work in this field, as well as through the efforts it has committed within the framework of the National Program for Educational Excellence (NPEE), particularly, within the AB, aimed at the systemic development of regional schools in Armenia.

Here is the distribution of schools that have presented the applications:

See full list of schools that have submitted applications to join the Araratian Baccalaureate here.

Presently the applications are being studied and further on, in the coming month, the Committee on Selecting Candidate Schools, which has been set up within the framework of the NPEE, will hold meetings with the heads and staffs of the schools that meet the requirements of this phase. These meetings will be held with the goal of shaping a thorough picture of the school by getting acquainted with the school’s goals, learning approaches, environment, and traditions as well as  exploring the areas that need further improvement.

The full list of schools advancing to the next phase will be published by mid-March. Afterwards, the AB teacher development program will start.

As a reminder, to join the AB program, schools must go through three main phases – the Application phase, the Candidacy phase and the Certification phase. The reforms schools need to carry out in the Candidacy phase in order to meet all AB program requirements will play a key role in their final certification. The schools obtaining the certification will then open one classroom offering the AB program; this will grant students in regions the chance to get internationally recognized high-quality education without leaving their region or school. And all that free of charge!

The Araratian Baccalaureate (AB) is an internationally recognized Armenian-language educational program, which is to provide competitive school education for all schoolchildren in Armenia. The Program was designed by the Ayb Educational Foundation and was further improved within the framework of the National Program for Educational Excellence (NPEE).

In the first stage, the program will be rolled out to selected schools in Armenian regions and Stepanakert with at least one class with the goal to expand in the future. The first regional schools to offer the AB program are expected to welcome their first AB students on September 1, 2018.

The program is carried out along with the Ministry of Education and Science in collaboration with Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and the University College London (UCL) Institute of Education (IOE). The program will be offered along with the state program, granting students broader opportunities for the high school educational program and ensuring local and international recognition of their education, graduation marks, and diplomas.

In 2015, AB was benchmarked by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and was found comparable to UK GCE A Levels. In August 2016, one of the most reputable agencies of recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills – UK NARIC – also found AB comparable to leading international educational programs such as the UK GCE A Levels and US Advanced Placement (AP). AB’s comparability to these educational programs grants Armenian students the chance to take international exams in Armenian and, based on their results, be able to get admitted to top universities around the world or be granted credits in those universities.

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20
Jan
2017
Discussions in London over Araratian Baccalaureate

The delegation of the Ayb Educational Foundation was in England from January 11 to 13 to have working meetings with specialists from the University College London (UCL) Institute of Education (IoE), Ayb’s international partner within the framework of the National Program for Educational Excellence (NPEE) over the past two years.

The improvement of the Araratian Baccalaureate (AB) teacher development program as well as approaches to AB subject delivery and syllabi development were in the focus of the visit. The discussions also covered various textbook and curriculum development approaches, the employment of which might have significant impact on Armenia’s general education system.

Overall, Ayb representatives had 14 working meetings with 9 specialists from the UCL IOE, among them such globally known education experts as Senior Lecturer in History, Dr. Arthur Chapman, Senior Lecturers in Education Lesley Burgess, Dr. John Yandell and Dr. Jacek Brant.

The Araratian Baccalaureate (AB) is an Armenian-language internationally recognized educational program, which is to provide competitive school education for all schoolchildren in Armenia. The Program was designed by the Ayb Educational Foundation and was further improved within the framework of the National Program for Educational Excellence (NPEE).

In the first stage, the program will be rolled out to selected schools of Armenian regions with at least one class and has the goal to expand in the future.

The program is carried out along with the Ministry of Education and Science in collaboration with Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and the University College London (UCL) Institute of Education (IOE). The program will be offered along with the state program, granting students broader opportunities for the high school educational program and ensuring local and international recognition of their education, graduation marks, and diplomas.

In 2015, AB was benchmarked by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and was found comparable to UK GCE A Levels. In August 2016, one of the most reputable agencies of recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills – UK NARIC – also found AB comparable to leading international educational programs such as the UK GCE A Levels and US Advanced Placement (AP). AB’s comparability to these educational programs grants Armenian students the chance to take international exams in Armenian and, based on their results, be able to get admitted to top universities around the world or be granted credits in those universities.

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19
Jan
2017
Araratian Baccalaureate: Impressive Step towards Reshaping Armenian School Education

Recently, Dan Bray, Deputy Director at University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), visited Armenia for the annual review of the works carried out within the framework of the National Program for Educational Excellence (NPEE) and the Araratian Baccalaureate (AB), an Armenian-language and internationally recognized educational program that is comparable to UK GCE A Level and US Advanced Placement.

The tight schedule of Mr. Bray did not allow him to see very much of Armenia, however, the NPEE Communications Team organized a short tour in Ayb School to show him life in the first school in Armenia offering the Araratian Baccalaureate, and held a short interview mostly focusing on NPEE-Cambridge collaboration and its future.

- Mr. Bray, what accounted for CIE’s decision to collaborate with Armenia?

- About 18 months ago in January 2015 a delegation came from Armenia to Cambridge and explained their vision for having an internationally recognized qualification. Their vision truly impressed us and we thought we could add value to that vision. That’s how we started our collaboration and I am very happy for it.

- Is there anything that makes your collaboration with Armenia, more specifically with the Ayb Educational Foundation stand out?

- The thing that stands out most is quite how quickly the Araratian Baccalaureate has progressed at where it is at the moment. We started talking about it only 18 months ago and in this time we have an internationally recognized qualification that is functioning and of a very high quality. And we also have students that have qualified and have been awarded these certificates. To achieve all that in this time scale is very impressive.

- How do you see the future of your collaboration with Armenia?

- I think the collaboration has been incredibly successful. We’ve really enjoyed working with colleagues in Armenia. Over the next two years the project will be characterized by a gradual handover of activities from Cambridge to Armenia. For the first round of qualifications a lot of the activity happened in Cambridge and was supported by Armenian colleagues, and gradually as the project progresses over the next 4-5 years that will reverse and most of the activity will happen in Armenia with a really small part of quality assurance happening in Cambridge.

- Mr. Bray, the education systems in the UK, Finland or Singapore are well known all around the world. Do you think the Armenian education will ever stand on the same level with them?

- We are building a qualification, which is comparable with international qualifications and I don’t see a reason why not. The answer whether the Armenian education will be recognized internationally in the same level is really dependent on what happens here. I think we have set foundations in place which will enable that to happen. And from what I have seen today (ED.: refers to the tour in Ayb School) and from what we know from our partnership with the Ayb Educational Foundation I can’t see any reason why it shouldn’t be recognized. Certainly the conditions are in place and it’s up to you, guys, to make that happen.

The Araratian Baccalaureate (AB) is an Armenian-language internationally recognized educational program, which is to provide competitive school education for all schoolchildren in Armenia. The Program was designed by the Ayb Educational Foundation and was further improved within the framework of the National Program for Educational Excellence (NPEE).

In the first stage, the program will be rolled out to selected schools of Armenian regions with at least one class and has the goal to expand in the future.

The program is carried out along with the Ministry of Education and Science in collaboration with Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and the University College London (UCL) Institute of Education (IOE). The program will be offered along with the state program, granting students broader opportunities for the high school educational program and ensuring local and international recognition of their education, graduation marks, and diplomas.

In 2015, AB was benchmarked by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and was found comparable to UK GCE A Levels. In August 2016, one of the most reputable agencies of recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills – UK NARIC – also found AB comparable to leading international educational programs such as the UK GCE A Levels and US Advanced Placement (AP). AB’s comparability to these educational programs grants Armenian students the chance to take international exams in Armenian and, based on their results, be able to get admitted to top universities around the world or be granted credits in those universities.

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20
Dec
2016
Araratian Baccalaureate is Being Rolled out to Schools in Armenian Regions

The process for joining the Araratian Baccalaureate (AB) high school program officially kicked off on December 20 – an epic milestone for the entire Ayb community! Schools in Armenian regions are entitled to apply to offer this Armenian-language and internationally recognized educational program to their students.

To this end, the Ayb Educational Foundation and the Ministry of Education and Science of Armenia held a joint press conference to announce the launch of the process. Members of the AB candidate school selection committee Davit Sahakyan, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Armenia, Fr. Mesrop Aramian, Director of the National Program for Educational Excellence, and Vasken Yacoubian, AGBU Central Board member, AGBU Armenia President, delivered speeches at the press conference.

Fr. Mesrop Aramian gave an opening speech focusing on AB’s major achievements.

“Today AB enjoys the international recognition of such leading educational institutions as Cambridge International Examinations and UK NARIC, the major agency for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills. And recently, the Armenian Government passed a decision on allowing to roll out the Araratian Baccalaureate in general education schools in Armenia.

The second important achievement is the Teacher Development Program which has been developed along with the University College London (UCL) Institute of Education (IoE).

And last but not least, now Armenia has internationally recognized exams, which grant Armenian students the chance to take international exams in Armenian and, based on their results, get admitted to top universities around the world or be granted credits in those universities.

With these three key components in place, the AB is now ready to expand to schools in Armenia,” said Fr. Mesrop.

Speaking about joining the AB, Davit Sahakyan underscored that in this phase, the program targets at schools in Armenian regions that offer the high school program, are motivated to develop and stand ready to take all necessary efforts and steps toward that development path.”

According to him, once the application forms are submitted, the Ayb Educational Foundation will start working with candidate schools in terms of the teacher development program and the schools’ institutional development. The first classes to offer the AB program are expected to open as early as September 1, 2018, and education in those classes will be free of charge.

In his turn, AGBU Armenia President Vasken Yacoubian spoke about the pivotal role of a top-notch internationally recognized Armenian-language educational program for the Diaspora. “It is not an achievement for just the Ayb Educational Foundation or the Ministry of Education and Science of Armenia, but rather for the entire Armenian nation, as it will make Armenia attractive for those Diaspora students that wish to get education in the Armenian language and in a safe environment, where they will be reared up with the Armenian spirit.”

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16
Dec
2016
Araratian Baccalaureate presented to schools in Armenian marzes

From December 5 to 15, the delegation of the Ayb Educational Foundation traveled to all regions in Armenia to present Araratian Baccalaureate (AB), the new Armenian-language and internationally recognized educational program, to all schools in Armenian regions that offer the high school program.

The visits aimed to introduce marz schools to AB’s goals and vision as well as to membership steps and requirements.  On the whole, over 800 school representatives from 421 schools that offer the high school program (high schools, secondary schools, colleges, educational complexes) attended the meetings.

The Araratian Baccalaureate membership process will start on December 20.

The Araratian Baccalaureate (AB) is an Armenian-language internationally recognized educational program, which is to provide competitive school education for all schoolchildren in Armenia. The Program was designed by the Ayb Educational Foundation and was further improved within the framework of the National Program for Educational Excellence (NPEE).

In the first stage, the program will be rolled out to selected schools of Armenian regions with at least one class and has the goal to expand in the future.

  The program is carried out along with the Ministry of Education and Science in collaboration with Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and the University College London (UCL) Institute of Education (IOE). The program will be offered along with the state program, granting students broader opportunities for the high school educational program and ensuring local and international recognition of their education, graduation marks, and diplomas.

 

 In 2015, AB was benchmarked by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and was found comparable to UK GCE A Levels. In August 2016, one of the most reputable agencies of recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills – UK NARIC – also found AB comparable to leading international educational programs such as the UK GCE A Levels and US Advanced Placement (AP). AB’s comparability to these educational programs grants Armenian students the chance to take international exams in Armenian and, based on their results, be able to get admitted to top universities around the world or be granted credits in those universities.

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16
Dec
2016
Araratian Baccalaureate to be Available to Regional Schools in Armenia

Yet another spectacular milestone within the framework of the National Program of Educational Excellence, which was backed up by tremendous work of the Ayb staff for good ten years. In its yesterday’s session, the Government of Armenia confirmed that all students living in the regions of our country would be eligible for top-notch competitive education in their own regions or schools, free of charge. Thus, the Araratian Baccalaureate will solve the urgent problem of systemic development of regional schools of Armenia.

 

Over 400 schools that offer the high school program have already been presented the Araratian Baccalaureate (AB) in detail and informed of all procedures of affiliating to the AB system. Next week, the start of affiliation of regional schools to the new AB program will be officially announced.

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