Posts Tagged ‘projects’


[CSFC]: Round table addresses problem of teenager trafficking in Armenia.

March 4, 2010

Recently, a Round Table entitled “Trafficking of Teenagers” was organized at FARs Children Support Center in Yerevan. This second of hopefully many discussions was conducted after the Center concluded from its experience that the problem of trafficking tends to increase in Armenia. FARs Children Support Center proposes that the issue needs to be professionally examined. Consequently, steps should be taken to stop this alarming development.

Participants of this Round Table discussion were Ms. Dzyunik Aghajanyan, Head of the RA National Committee on Trafficking Affairs, several Heads of Departments of RA Social Affairs Ministry, representatives from the RA Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Science and Education, and the Armenian Police Department. Prior to the Round Table, another meeting had been held at the Center, with participation of corresponding professionals from Yerevan Municipality’s Children Rights Protection Department and various Administrative Regions of the capital.

The Round table discussed a range of issues and those present expressed serious concerns related to the rapidly growing number of child trafficking in Armenia. It was decided to regularly organize such meetings sharing experience and available data to determine a appropriate course of action.

Ani, a child at FARs Children Support Center


Credit: FAR Staff

[GTech]: Professor from New York Visits GTech

December 15, 2009

Last week, Dr. Elise Kiregian from the New York Technical Career Institutes (NY TCI) visited GTech in order to lead a course on developing critical thinking skills.  All GTech students and staff attended Dr. Kiregian’s lecture, as the session marked the first time this type of western subject was taught at GTech.  During the training, Dr. Kiregian also presented GTech participants with the NY TCI College Prospectus and some educational video materials so that they could become familiar with the western curriculum.

Dr. Elise Kiregian Shares her Insights
with GTech Students and Staff

Credit: FAR Staff


[GTech]: New Virtual Lab Established by D-Link

December 2, 2009

Last week marked a major development for FAR’s GTech (Gyumri Information Technology Center), with the opening ceremony of a new network technology training program sponsored by D-Link. Founded in 1986, D-Link maintains a strong global presence in the design, manufacture and marketing of advanced networking, broadband, digital, voice and data communications solutions.  The Virtual Laboratory will start the regular courses in 2010. “This is a revolutionary event in Armenia’s IT sphere,” remarked GTech Executive Director Gurgen Paronyan and added “As a result of initiative, we hope that students from various regions of the Republic of Armenia will attend the new educational center at GTech.”

Official Ribbon Cutting of the
New Virtual Lab at GTech

Credit: FAR Staff

“GTech’s success and achievements, as well as the positive attitude of the employees resulted in our decision to launch the first Armenian Center of D-Link in Gyumri” explained Mr. Armen Shahnazaryan, director of D-Link in Armenia. In his acknowledgement speech, Karen Sargsyan of FAR especially thanked D-Link for its pledge to award the two strongest GTech students with D-Link Scholarships.  FAR is hopeful for the prospect of further corporate partnerships for GTech, as we hope to grow attendance at the school and make the program stronger each year.

Armen Shahnazaryan of D-Link Discusses the New Lab

Credit: FAR Staff


[GTech]: GTech Says Goodbye to Jason Paul Kazaryan

November 18, 2009

By Amalya Yeghoyan

In December of 2006, a resonating call in his heart drew Jason Paul Kazaryan to visit Armenia.  A few years later, Jason decided to move to Gyumri, and become the Executive Director of GTech.  Jason adapted easily to his new life in Gyumri, and for nearly one year, he supervised the GTech family.

The GTech students and staff greatly appreciate Jason’s commitment to the development of the Gyumri Information Technology Center (GTech), and to the community at large. During his year as Executive Director, Jason used his skills to bring western work practices and business methodologies to GTech.  He worked with students and helped them to become competitive not only professionally but also intellectually.  Jason taught his staff members and employees to work with devotion and to feel responsible for the future of Armenia and of Gyumri in particular.

On November 1st, supporters of GTech and FAR gathered together for a farewell party in honor of Jason Paul Kazaryan.  It was truly an emotional event for all. Jason expressed his feelings with the following words “I know that one day I will come back [to Gyumri] for sure. I am not going back home but I go back from my home.” These words were so convincing that we have no doubt Jason will return!

Jason Accepts a Gift from FAR

Credit:  FAR Staff


[Beneficiary Potraits]

November 5, 2009

Boys at FARs Children Center in Yerevan


Credit: Felix Arustamyan


[Beneficiary Portraits]

October 30, 2009

Friends at Summer Camp in Hrazdan


Credit: Celine Kaladjian


[GTech]: Generous Donation To GTech

October 26, 2009

GTech’s group of friends and supports is continuously growing, as more members of the Diaspora become aware of FAR’s unique technology education program. This month, FAR was blessed to have the support of a new donor, Mrs. Shahaspyur Baghdoyan-Baran of Boston, Massachusetts.

Mrs. Baghdoyan-Baran visited Armenia with a kind mission; she had decided to make a donation to GTech in memory of her husband John Shukri Baran.  Mr. Baran was born in Syria and spent his entire career, both in Syria and later in America, working as a teacher educating generations of youth.  Regarding GTech, Mrs. Baghdoyan-Baran mentioned, “Initially, I intended to support one of the orphanages of Armenia.  However, I then decided to contribute to an educational institution that educates a generation and equips the youth with new knowledge.”

Mrs. Shahaspyur Baran

Mrs. Shahaspyur Baran

Credit: FAR Staff

One of the computer classrooms in GTech henceforth will be named after the devoted Armenian teacher John Shukri Baran, in order to symbolize the benevolence of the Baran family. A dedication ceremony was held on September 20th. Mr. Baran’s wife and sister traveled from Boston to Gyumri to attend the event, and Mr. Baran also had friends from Dubai and Yerevan in attendance.

FAR Press Secretary Levon Lachikyan commemorated the event by mentioning the importance of supporting Gyumri and the future of its youth. In their speeches, leaders of the GTech staff stressed the importance of GTech in shaping Armenia’s future as a scientific and educational hub.  FAR is delighted to be building GTech’s community of supporters!

Opening of the John Shukri Baran’s Auditorium

Opening of John Shukri Baran's auditorium

Credit: FAR Staff