In Armenia today, the circumstances children are born into often predict the opportunities they will have in life. Our education system was not designed to enable all children to realize their potential or achieve their dreams. Thousands of our children lack the education, support, and opportunity they need to thrive. And when millions of children are not given the opportunity to learn, it affects us all—perpetuating poverty, dividing societies, and weakening economies.
Educational inequity is a result of several factors: socioeconomic, school system, and prevailing ideologies. It is our belief that by recruiting and developing outstanding individuals with great potential and a passion for educational equity to commit to two years teaching in an underserved community, we can provide a critical source of teachers who can negate prevailing ideologies and ensure that children have the educational opportunities they deserve.
Throughout these two years of service, Teacher-Leaders are equipped to tackle the challenges of educational inequity and build the necessary skills to serve as lifelong advocates for change.
The Two-Year Leadership Program
The Fellowship starts with our five-week intensive Summer Institute training program. Participants learn and grow together through comprehensive workshops and hands-on teaching exercises as well as classroom management, mentorship, and community leadership trainings.
As part of our Leadership Development Program, we also cultivate Fellows’ skills as leaders and broaden their professional experience to prepare them for lifelong leadership roles. Through continuous leadership training and coaching, we build upon their skills, talents, and professional experience throughout their two-year commitment.
The Summer Institute training program is the first step of the rigorous and demanding two-year Fellowship. For those Fellows who complete the initial training, their two-year journeys as teachers and leaders in remote communities will be extremely intense, yet satisfying and life-changing. They will be challenged to the fullest but will be given support to overcome these difficulties. After their experiences in placement schools and communities and because of continuous mentorship and leadership development, Fellows complete their commitment as skilled leaders and professionals.
At the end of their two-year commitment, Fellows are inducted as Alumni Ambassadors for Educational Equity, joining a larger movement of lifelong advocates for educational equity whose leadership is formed by their classroom experiences. We cultivate champions for educational excellence and professionals who work in various spheres working toward the vision of a better Armenia.