International school of Dilijan, Armenia
Posted 19 November 2013 - 10:15 AM
Nov. 19. 2013
“Ayb Learning Hub” (“Ayb” high school) [see website link of ayb school] and Dilijan International School (UWC Dilijan) signed a memorandum of understanding in Yerevan today. The ceremony of signing was held in “Ayb” high school.
The memorandum notes that “Dilijan International School” and “Ayb Learning Hub” foundations are willing to collaborate within the framework of mutually beneficial projects with the goal to improve the results of the efforts aimed at multilateral education of students.
The memorandum particularly envisages that the Parties will work towards involving Ayb students’ in the community development works in Tatev and Dilijan. Under the memorandum, the Parties are going to work on organizing joint Summer Camps, implement teacher exchange programs and educate children about Social Entrepreneurship projects to be embedded in their curriculum and extra-curricular activities.
“Ayb” high school pupils presented their projects during the Summer Camp organized by the Dilijan International School in July 2013 which hosted 30 children from 13 countries
ONE DAY IN AYB HIGH SCHOOL
Posted 19 November 2013 - 10:35 AM
Edward and Pamela Avedisian proudly stand beside the architectural plan of the new Avedisian School at the Groundbreaking Ceremony on June 22, 2012 in Yerevan, Armenia.
An Interview with Edward Avedisian, Benefactor of the Avedisian School in Yerevan
Posted By Christian Garbis On June 29, 2012
On Fri., June 22 a groundbreaking ceremony was held on the site where the new Khoren and Shooshanig Avedisian School will be constructed in the Malatia-Sepastia district of Yerevan.
Among the numerous guests present were principal Melania Geghamian, Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA) vice-president Jeanmarie Papelian, and AMAA Armenia deputy representative and operation manager Harout Nercessian.
The Avedisian School that stands today, which was donated by the Armenian government and is operated by the AMAA, is outdated and in partial disrepair. Rather than putting funding into renovations, the school’s grantors, Edward and Pamela Avedisian, decided to build an entirely new structure—a “green” building, the first of its kind in Armenia. It will also carry LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, a widely implemented construction standard in the U.S. The expansive plot of land on Arno Babajanian St. in Sepastia was also donated to the AMAA in 2009 by the Armenian government.
Edward Avedisian is a former clarinetist for the Boston Pops and Boston Ballet Orchestra turned investor and philanthropist. He is also a trustee at the American University of Armenia (AUA) and is a member of the AMAA board of directors. He and his wife have pledged to donate $5 million towards the construction of the new school, with another $5 slated to be raised by donors.
I had the opportunity to talk with Edward Avedisian before the start of the ceremony. Below is the Q&A.
Christian Garbis: Please explain the importance of the school and what differentiates it from others in Armenia, Yerevan in particular.
Edward Avedisian: The new school is scheduled to open in September 2014. As we can see from the plan it looks quite different, and it is. We are using new technologies; it will be sustainable in terms of energy and we will use the wind, water, and different kinds of insulation to make it more efficient. More importantly, this will be the most earthquake resistant building in all of Armenia. Also, because there’s so much interest in what will be a LEED building with these new technologies, the structure under construction becomes a laboratory. Architects and designers will come to see how these efficiencies will be implemented.
The building will be positioned to make the most of efficiency from natural sunlight, so that overhead lamps will not be necessary in the day, with one side of the school to be made almost entirely of glass. For students there will be a focus on renewable energy education.
The NST Architecture Studio based in Yerevan conceived it with the enormous help of Ronald Altoon of Altoon Partners in Los Angeles, who designed the Paramaz Avedisian Building at AUA. So this is a cutting-edge building. We need energy in Armenia and we’re going to hopefully be producing so much energy during the summer when the school is closed that we can push it back into the system and get credit for it.
C.G.: Can you tell me more abut the curriculum of the school?
E.A.: The curriculum of the school is government mandated. It is a public school, to service the children in this area who are particularly needy. We started here in 1999 in a very dilapidated building. The government was kind enough to give us this land on a 99-year lease. We have grown from 75 students to over 300, and when we finish here we’ll have over 500 students.
C.G.: Why was this site chosen for the school?
E.A.: Well, it was available and it is close to the present school. It is an expansive land that we thought we could use because beyond what you see here [points to the right side of the building plan] is an elementary school, so it’s a campus. There will be elementary, middle, and high schools right here. On the top floor will be a glass enclosed area, a conservatory, which will be a place for students to experiment in environment studies about heat and light, how its diffused, and how this building can be more efficient. Not only that, we don’t want the building to be the last one. We hope that the building that will subsequently be built will be better than this one. And here’s where we start, here’s where we’re going to experiment. We know what experiments we’re going to run, we know they’re good, and we hope to prove it.
C.G.: So this will be a model for future schools, not only in Yerevan but all over Armenia?
E.A.: Exactly. Not only that, we have very stringent and high standards of accomplishment for students in this school. They are continually winning prizes in competitions countrywide, two years in a row in Russian-language competency with different teams. Also in 2010 we held the first prize in French competency. The scores in math and sciences are very, very high, so we’re pleased with the quality. The building represents the quality of thought of the most advanced design. The kids on the inside exemplify the most advanced quality of education. Our teachers are excellent—all they need is a chance to teach. And we need to bring to them a living wage. With that, there’s no problem.
There’s a lot of tremendous teaching that can go on, and we have the benefit of excellent teachers. We will not leave any child behind and we will get them to do the best they can. If for some reason they are not eligible to go to a university, we will provide them with training in a field of expertise to make a living. So we’re trying to cover the entire picture.
In addition, as part of a long-range plan because of my connection with AUA, any child that comes through this school starting at age three can go through here without paying anything. He or she can proceed and go to AUA the same way, without paying any money. If he or she can pass the entrance exams, they’re accepted. So with the money raised to fund their educations, a child can go from kindergarten to getting a master’s and hopefully soon a doctoral degree, taught right here in this country with the best teachers.
Posted 26 November 2013 - 02:54 PM
IB = International Baccalaureate
Advanced Placement (AP) courses and the International Baccalaureate (IB) program are both designed to provide opportunities beyond what the high school curriculum traditionally offers. The AP program, which is structured around a curriculum representing introductory college courses, allows students to enroll only in those courses in which they exhibit both ability and interest. In contrast, the IB program combines advanced content knowledge with a focus on the development of critical thinking and an appreciation of global issues. Earning an IB diploma requires a multiyear commitment across disciplines.
In November 2013, UWC Dilijan has become fully accredited as an IB World School.
This means that it is authorised to offer the IB Diploma Programme (taught in English), to students aged 16-18, starting in September 2014.
The IB Diploma has become a symbol of academic integrity and intellectual promise throughout the world of international education, and is a sound preparation for students seeking entrance to the best universities and colleges in the world.
In the full Diploma programme, each student studies three Higher Level (HL) and three Standard Level (SL) subjects. IB candidates are also required to write an Extended Essay, complete a course of Theory of Knowledge (TOK), and actively engage in Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) components. See the Academic section of this website for the subjects to be offered at UWC Dilijan.
In October, 2013 Dilijan International School became a UWC school (United World Colleges) under the name of UWC Dilijan.
Dilijan International School is a large-scale philanthropic initiative which will put Armenia on the world educational map. DIS will open its doors in September 2014 for 90 students.
By 2023 the school will host 650 students from at least 60 countries. 90% of gifted students will receive full scholarships granted by the DIS benefactors.
Posted 20 January 2014 - 06:21 PM
Malatia-Sepastia district of Yerevan where the Avedisian School is being constructed is the poorest district of Yerevan, its often called by the locals the "Bangladesh" not that because there are people from Bangladesh living there but because it is poor as the Bangladesh. Now the poor living there are having their 1st class school campus -the number one in Yerevan, truly the envy of the rich students of Yerevan
The construction of the Avedisian Middle and High School and Bilezekian Elementary School campus in Malatia-Sepastia is proceeding according to schedule (something rare in Armenia where constructions are always behind schedules of their finish date). Phase 2 is almost over (construction work, external water supply and sanitation). Phase 3 is being worked on which includes the ventilation, water supply, drainage, power supply, technical building and internal and external works.
The school will house over 700 students (all are welcome to apply) from Kindergarten through the 12th grade. The building is a first of kind being LEED-certified --Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-- and is on schedule to open in September of this year 2014, September is the month when schools all over Armenia are opened after the summer vacation.
A Tree Grows in Malatia and a dream becomes real for the children of Yerevans' "Bangladesh".
Posted 16 September 2016 - 05:06 PM
looks great.. promising..
was this the school that cost some $300 million ?
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