With an overall duration of 24 months, the European Union funded SOS Culture project is implemented by the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC) in cooperation with the dvv international – Georgia Country office and Research on Armenian Architecture Foundation. The overall EU contribution to the SOS Culture project is 492,754 Euro.

The key objective of the project is to register and preserve endangered and neglected cultural assets in the remote border regions of Armenia and Georgia with the involvement of local citizenry. Involvement of local communities will in its turn contribute to economic, social and cultural development in the region.

Education plays a central role in this project, which aims to develop self-criticism and public awareness of the youth to promote intercultural communication and active citizenship.

In the frame of the project eight SOS Culture Youth Clubs were established. The four Armenian clubs are located in Alaverdi, Varagavan, Berdavan, Akhtala. In Georgia the the SOS Culture youth clubs have been established in Koda, Bolnisi, Dmanisi and Shahumiani.

Each club has approx. 15-25 members (13-18 years old). All youth club trainings have the same structure, building on each other in a logical sequence. As a result the club members are step by step enabled to put into practice the knowledge they have learnt during the previous training course.

The youth club members participate in training courses focused on team-building, intercultural communication, leadership, multicultural awareness, ecology, tourism, culture, history, architecture, art, art history, the EU, visual literacy, photography, filmmaking etc.

SOS Culture relies on the active involvement of youth from different national and ethnic origins living in the target areas of Armenia and Georgia. Accompanied by FPWC and dvv international representatives and project experts the youth club members visit cultural monuments. On the sites they are introduced to the basic skills, which are needed to preserve cultural assets. At the monuments they also have practical photography and video lessons. The created material is uploaded on the SOS Culture websites and serves as an advocacy tool to raise awareness for the urgent need to care for neglected cultural assets.

 

 

If you want to take care of your planet, start from your school, your backyard, your home

The aim of this project is to create an active network of Green Schools in Armenia, which unifies thousands of young people over the idea of protecting the environment and the native wildlife.

Green schools practice a new educational approach – research, hiking, discussions, practical classes are incorporated into the program, which gives the students an opportunity to use the acquired knowledge in practice.

The “Green School” project has a range of competitive projects which help increase the role of environmental education. The schools involved bring a great contribution to the protection of the environment.

The participant schools have the opportunity to:

  • Initiate and organize environmental activities and events at the school

  • Collect and recycle waste paper and plastic

  • Use only 100% recycled paper at the school

  • Save electricity and water

  • Take part in environmental campaigns

  • Participate in tree plantings and waste collection

  • Create a green catalogue for schools and use it in practice

After one year of participation and green behaviour the schools receive a “Green Flag” and a “Green Certificate”.

27.000 schools, 6 milion pupils and 400.000 teachers from 43 countries are involved in the “Green School” project. The school number 20 after J. Kirakosyan in Yerevan, the school number 2 after A. Soghomonyan and the school number 3 in Noratus, the schools of Urtsadzor and Goght are current members of the “Green School” network in Armenia.

The foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets implement the “Green school” project in Armenia in cooperation with the Swiss ambassy in Armenia and the UNICEF.