Ni Hao: New Way of Saying Hi

Ni Hao: New Way of Saying Hi 16 January 2020 By Nane Vardanyan, Photos by: Knar Babayan 2 min read Nǐ hǎo (你好) is the new way our SMART students of Chinese (Mandarin) language program say hi to each other. Yes, there are no unachievable destinations for us, and Chinese is yet another language in our skillset. Լearning…

The theater girl dreaming of a time machine

The theater girl dreaming of a time machine 20 December 2019 By Tatevik Oganessian, Photos by: Knar Babayan 2 min read Meet Lilit Madatyan, 15, from Sarnaghbyur. She hardly knew anything about theatrical art before joining the COAF project My Theater in Sarnaghbyur. “I, technically, knew nothing about that area,” she admits. “Theater is very similar…

Saving the world through culture

Saving the world through culture 13 December 2019 By Tatevik Oganessian, Photos by: Knar Babayan 2 min read “Beauty will save the world…” Almost all of our COAF SMART Center Russian language students were familiar with the famous line that comes from Dostoevsky’s novel. However, the line was paraphrased for them when they came to…

Advancing rural communities through education & economy

Advancing rural communities through education & economy 6 December 2019 By Tatevik Oganessian, Photos by: Knar Babayan 3 min read More than 100 participants representing local and international organizations, state and local authorities, as well as international experts and private entrepreneurs gathered at the COAF SMART Center in Debet to take part in the Conference…

Gold can be found in the Mountains…

Gold can be found in the Mountains… 22 November 2019 By Tatevik Oganessian, Photos by: Knar Babayan 2 min read “Some children think that eggs and cheese grow on trees,” says Artush Khachatryan, jokingly. Artush is the founder of Sareri Bariq (Mountain Goods) social enterprise. “Of course, young people living in villages know a lot about agriculture.…

Raspberry Fields Forever…

Raspberry Fields Forever… 15 November 2019 By Tatevik Oganessian, Photos by: Knar Babayan 2 min read Is there anything common between a school principal, a garment factory mechanic and a chemistry teacher? Yes, all of them live in Yeghegnut community in Lori region and are involved in an effective backyard farming project conducted by COAF…