LOS ANGELES — The AAEF (Anoushavan Abrahamian Educational Fund), based in Los Angeles, California, remains true to its mission and recently took one more step on its way of creating a promising future for the youth in rural Armenia. The implementation of this new initiative will enable advanced learning of such vocational and professional traits that will create jobs for our youth in their native towns and villages. By cooperating with the Union of Information Technology Enterprises (UITE), Anoushavan Abrahamian Educational Fund (“AAEF”) ceremonially opened such newly equipped engineering laboratories in two educational institutions of rural Armenia. Considering the fact that this project enables studies in computer programming, 3-D printing, robotics design, development and management, opens the field to programs previously not included within the general educational program, hence receiving the appreciation of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia for this highly regarded initiative. To express its support, the Ministry gladly took on the responsibility of staffing the newly opened engineering laboratories with qualified teachers.

The first engineering laboratory, equipped with seven computers, a 3-D printer, a drilling press and a robotics tool-collection was installed in the Industrial Pedagogical State College of the City of Armavir. Senior officials from the administration of the Armavir region have been present at the opening ceremony, and to acknowledge the generous contribution of renowned philanthropist Mr. Anoushavan Abrahamian, they commended him with a certificate of appreciation.

The second engineering laboratory opened in State Vocational School of Maralik, presents itself a unique chance for the youth of the Shirak region to gain knowledge in the fields of IT and engineering. The classes that are to be held in the laboratory will be comprised of six different class hours and will already begin in September. It is noteworthy to say, that the classes will be conducted completely free of charge and this is expected to enable a broader circle of students into the activities of the laboratory. These classes will be under continuous support of the Ministry of Education and Science, based on the fact that the project is viewed as a role model of an initiative that combines the power of intelligence and creativity. This benign act from the respected benefactor Mr. Abrahamian is an unprecedented progress in the field of public education in Armenia, as it is the first in its kind to make available the exploration of engineering for vocational schools in rural regions.

AAEF continues to progress by believing in and implementing those programs that create a stronger and more promising future for the young generations in Armenia. For further information about these programs, visit www.aaefund.org or contact the AAEF at [email protected].

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