The project intends to create a platform to raise awareness of the society in Armenia on European politics, culture and values, and on the EU-Armenia relations. The platform will aim at broadening the perspective of the Armenian society with Soviet legacy making them more open and tolerant to changes. Awareness raising on European direction is important especially at this stage, when Armenia-EU negotiations on a new legal basis are ongoing, there is willingness of the sides to deepen cooperation
A large segment of the society in Armenia, even the ones working and specializing in the sphere, lack sufficient knowledge on the European direction and on the EU-Armenia relations. This is one of the main challenges for the integration of the society in Armenia to the European family. After Armenia’s accession to the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), the challenge became even urgent with the necessity for Armenia to continue its balanced foreign policy and to further develop relations with the EU
Along ongoing EU-Armenia negotiations this start-up project aims at creating a unique platform to provide a multi-component knowledge on Europe and the EU-Armenia relations to the ones who can contribute to the development of the EU-Armenian relations. As long as the platform will function after the end of the project on the later stages it will be open for larger segment of the population with the materials of the course being updated regularly and categorized according to different levels.
The E-learning course platform will be available through the website of NGO European Integration. A programmer will design the platform within 5 months in Armenian to make it available to larger segment of society. Simultaneously three experts of Insight Analytical Center within NGO European Integration by the assistance of two specialists (one specializing in course methodology, other in European direction) will design methodology of the course with mid-term and final assessment tests. Before the start of the course (which will last for the next 3 months) information session will be held for participants (30-50) to introduce and underline the importance of the course. At the end of the course a presentation (open to media) will be organized and the participants will receive certificates.
The participants of the pilot course are going to be representatives of the five ministries engaged in foreign relations, students of foreign affairs as well as people with disabilities (the last group is mostly deprived of the opportunity to attend formal educational institutions). Direct contacts will be established with universities and ministries for them to send their interested participants. The people with the disabilities will be gathered by the help of NGOs that deal with such people.
By the use of the Internet one can easily find variety of E-learning courses on European culture, politics, values etc. However it is very difficult to find similar course on the EU-Armenia relations, because unlike other countries the practice of non-formal education is not developed in Armenia and people willing to gain knowledge but unable to attend formal educational institutions (because of lack of financial resources, physical disabilities, time etc) are mostly deprived of that opportunity
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Event costs 1600 EUR, Fees and honararies 29500 EUR (including also for preparation of the platform and provision of technical service, design of methodology of the E-learning course and testing), Personnel costs 6000 EUR, Equipment 2000 EUR