November 21, 2008

Book Presentation: "The Road to Home: My Life and Times"

On November 21, 2008 CRRC-Armenia jointly with RA National Academy of Sciences held a presentation of an autobiography book by Vartan Gregorian "The Road to Home: My Life and Times" recently published in Russian. In the book, Vartan Gregorian, who is currently the twelfth president of Carnegie Corporation of New York, describes his life, family, and academic career since his childhood in poor section of Tabriz, Iran.

The book was presented by RA NAS President, academician Radik Martirosyan, who, knowing the author, was able to share his personal memories. Nerses Hayrapetyan, the Director at Information Resource Center, U.S. Embassy Yerevan, Public Affairs Office, also shared his memories of Mr. Gregorian, whom he first came to know in 2002 when Mr. Gregorian visited the National Library of Armenia and made the biggest donation to the library from his own pocket.The event took place at the Conference Hall at NAS, and it was attended by librarians, academicians and faculty. Copies of the books were donated to the major libraries, such as the National Library, the Library of the National Assembly, Yerevan State University Library, the Library of NAS, and Writers' Union of Armenia.

November 19, 2008

A Round Table on National Identity and Tolerance

On November 18, 2008 CRRC-Armenia hosted a round table on national identity and tolerance organized by Chair of the Theory and History of Psychology at Yerevan State University. The event was initiated by the Associate Professor Svetlana Harutyuanyan. The speakers included Human Right’s Defender of the RA, Armen Harutyunyan, and the leading specialist of the Institute of Archeology and Ethnography RA NAS, Hranush Kharatyan.

November 13, 2008

School Board in Armenia: Public Participation and Power Balance

On November 12, 2008 a presentation "School Board in Armenia: Public Participation and Power Balance" was conducted by young researchers Satenik Mkrtchyan and Ruzanna Tsaturyan in the scope of the CRRC 2007 Fellowship Program.

Since 1996 the Government of Armenia started the educational system reforms under the guidance and by crediting of the World Bank, through realization of a credit program: “Education management and financial reforms”, one of the aims of which was the democratization of in-school management and transition to School Board governance. Thus, School Boards have been introduced to the secondary educational system of Armenia as a part of Secondary Education system management reform. By the introduction of principles of democratic government into schooling system, parents formally first time were considered as independent and responsive actors. The research investigated parents’ current participation patterns, challenges, weak and strong points, as well as came up with policy recommendations to improve the situation.

As always, the draft version of the paper is available on CRRC-Armenia website. Your comments are most welcome.