Through the generous support of the FAR’s donors - Ara and Valerie Cherchian, the Eco Education Center in Yerevan Botanical Garden of the Armenian National Academy of Sciences has recently been inaugurated.
The Center is equipped with modern and comfortable technical solutions, enabling the organization of science and eco-related events, as well as summer science camps for schoolchildren from both Yerevan and rural provinces.
"Today marks a dual celebration for us. We are commemorating the 88th anniversary of the Yerevan Botanical Garden, and we are thrilled to unveil the Eco Education Center with the support of our esteemed partner, FAR. Eighty-eight years ago, these trees were planted to create an environment where children and students could come and enjoy the nature. In addition to guided tours, we recognized the need for workshops where our visitors could acquire practical skills. Therefore, we chose the site within the recently opened Botanical Museum to establish the Center," stated Arsen Gasparyan, Director of the Institute of Botany of the National Academy of Sciences, during the Eco Education Center's grand opening on July 17.
The Eco Education Center will also provide students with additional opportunities to conduct their first scientific projects and foster collaborative relationships with the institute's researchers for future joint studies.
"FAR is engaged in diverse fields, with education being a flagship area in our program portfolio. Accessible education is the foremost key to the sustainable development of our children and society. Today, we take great pride in successfully concluding a yet another significant milestone within our Supporting STEM Education in Armenia program. We firmly believe that this initiative will expand eco-education's availability to various segments of our society," emphasized Bagrat Sargsyan, FAR Country Director, in his opening speech.