Real Lives

  • Equal opportunities rather than privileges

    Inclusive education was a hot topic in Armenia this summer. The current reform will ensure that all Armenian schools become inclusive in the next decade. There are 181 inclusive schools currently, open for all children with no distinction; 42 of...

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  • Promoting the voices of children through innovation

    It has been four years since its inception that UNICEF supports the junior version of TEDx in Armenia. This collaboration has two main goals - make children’s voices heard by using innovative tools and bring together children and...

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  • Armenia: peer education, not fear education

    By Onnik Krikorian /UNICEF ArmeniaAny visitor to School No. 43 in the Armenian capital might easily mistake Veronica Seropyan for a teacher. Yet, standing in front of thirteen pupils aged between fourteen and sixteen, there is something different...

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  • Holistic help for single parents and children at risk

    By Onnik Krikorian/UNICEF ArmeniaSixteen years after the 1988 earthquake that devastated Armenia's second largest city, Vartouhi Petrosian lives in one of the several hundred domiks (temporary metal containers) that make up the urban landscape of...

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  • The final cut: young armenian film makers go from strength to strength

    By Onnik Krikorian/UNICEF Armenia At the age of fourteen, Gor Baghdasarian won the first-ever One-Minute Video Junior Award organized by UNICEF's Young People's Media Network, the Sandberg Institute and the European Cultural Foundation. Gor is a...

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  • Imci: giving armenian children a healthy start in life

    By Onnik Krikorian/UNICEF Armenia Eighteen days after his birth, Hovik was breathing so rapidly that his alarmed mother rushed to get medical attention. With a temperature of 38.5 degrees centigrade, the doctor diagnosed pneumonia. Hovik, now two...

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  • Hands are not for beating

    Onnik Krikorian /UNICEF ArmeniaYEREVAN, Armenia – Mane Tonoyan might seem a little too young to concern herself with the problem of violence against children in Armenia but this 16-year old is somehow "different." A member of the Manana...

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  • Life behind the locks

    UNICEF helps Armenia reform juvenile justice administration UNICEF Armenia/Onnik Krikorian ABOVIAN, Armenia -- Twenty minutes outside of Yerevan in a sprawling complex of buildings that even accommodates llamas, pigs, peacocks, and tropical...

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  • Armenian\'s working children: selling luck and childhood

    By UNICEF Armenia/Marianna Grigoryan Yura’s eyes are swollen and red. His body and face are bruised. He is 13. But these are not the marks of childhood games or playground scrambles. Since he was 8, games, carefree days, school and textbooks...

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  • The importance of being included

    By UNICEF Armenia/Marianna GrigoryanWhen 12-year-old Gevorg was only a baby, his mother noticed that the boy’s movements differed from other children, so she decided to consult a doctor. She was told the boy had infantile cerebral stroke...

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  • Mind over mines: unicef project uses children\'s entertainment to teach life-saving lesson

    By UNICEF Armenia/Marianna Grigoryan              When Gayane and Hayk were going to play as usual in their forest meadow, they had no idea what danger faced...

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  • Understanding a child

    Understanding a child By Emil Sahakyan/UNICEF Armenia Yerevan – For kindergarten N188 located in one of Yerevan’s communities it is now common to host mothers and grandmothers for parent training sessions. Sitting in a circle in a small...

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