The Argentinean-Armenian entrepreneur and philanthropist Eduardo Eurnekian has officially launched the New Educational Strategy (NUR) in Nagorno-Karabakh, joining an international movement to bring cutting-edge technologies to disadvantaged students. With AGBU’s support on the ground, Eurnekian, through the Fruitful Armenia Fund, his non-profit organization in Armenia, has begun to distribute over 3,500 brand-new laptops in elementary schools across the region.
The partnership between Eurnekian’s NUR and AGBU has put the innovative XO laptop into the hands of first through fourth grade students in three Karabakh schools in Stepanakert, Shoushi and Qarin Tak. Developed by the educational program, One Laptop per Child (OLPC) at MIT University in Boston, the device is the first of its kind. With its interactive software and environmentally-friendly features, students can read its screen in direct sunlight while powering its batteries via solar energy.
The ceremony was held in Stepanakert on April 2, 2012, and attended by Arayik Harutyunyan, the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic’s (NKR) Prime Minister; Vladik Khachatryan, the NKR Education Minister; Sebastian Arias Duvall, the NUR Project Coordinator; Sassoun Baghdasaryan, the AGBU Armenian Representation’s NKR Projects Coordinator; and Ashot Ghazarian, the Chairman of the AGBU Armenian Representation Managing Committee. It was an event that students and teachers have been looking forward to for months, as they’ve participated in various workshops to learn how to use the XO and take advantage of its programs.
Now that the project’s deployment phase is underway, the government of NKR, in collaboration with NUR, will soon take a much-anticipated next step, providing high-quality internet connection in each of its schools. As wireless access is secured, they will continue to distribute the computers, aiming for every elementary schoolchild of Artsakh to own one by the year 2014.
With those critical tools and resources, each student will be well equipped to succeed both within and outside of the classroom.
To learn more about AGBU and the New Education Strategy (NUR) Project, please visit: http://www.nurarmenia.org/