ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION MICRO PROJECT COMPETITION WINNERS

  1. The “Alternative Energy Sources” Project by Laura Lakhoyan
  2. The “Essence of Armenian Cochineal” Project by Galust Nanyan
  3. The “Let’s Speak Through Puppets” Project by Areguni NGO
  4. The “Young Naturalists” Project by Lusine Shegunts
  5. The “Let’s Go Green and Learn English” Project by Diana Torosyan
  6. The “Environmental Classes on Forests” Project by Mher Atoyan
  7. The “Creation of Environmental Pavilion” Project by Gohar Movsisyan
  8. The “Shikahogh” Project by Varduhi Ohanjanyan
  9. The “Creation of Herbarium and Biodiversity Classes” Project by Vazgen Galstyan
  10. The “Environmental Classes and Excursion” Project by Hrachya Hovhannisyan

DESCRIPTION:

The Environmental Education Network (EEN) announces a competition for proposals on environmental education (EE) micro projects open to all applicants in Armenia. The topics of the EE micro projects could include water, energy, waste management/recycling, biodiversity, endangered species, nature conservation or restoration, ecosystems, or other environmental topics of interest to the applicant.

The project audience should be school-aged children, 6-18 years old. The project should be devoted to environmental issue on a local or global scale. The selection committee will prioritize proposals that:

  • Show interesting or creative approaches to environmental education
  • Are from the regions outside of Yerevan
  • Facilitate cooperation between civil society and schools
  • Enable cooperation between communities
  • Enable cooperation between organizations
  • Are replicable or scalable

ELIGIBILITY AND SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

All individuals, local governments, and non-governmental organizations can apply. Priority will be given to those from cities or villages, outside of Yerevan. To participate in the competition, applicants should submit:

  • Cover letter
  • Completed version of the application form attached
  • Your personal or organizational resume

Up to 5 winners will be selected. Each of the winners will be granted up to 475,000 AMD for project implementation.

The applicant can submit their application in Armenian or in English.

The funding of the project is provided by the Norwegian Government’s Small Grants Program to the American University of Armenia’s Acopian Center for the Environment for developing environmental education capacity in Armenia, including establishment and strengthening of the Environmental Education Network (EEN), a learning partnership between civil society, educational institutions, government, and international organizations.

DEADLINE:

You should send all the required documentations to ace@aua.am by October 8, 2015, 4pm. In the subject of the email clearly mention “EE micro project competition.” If you have any questions feel free to contact Marine Asatryan, Environmental Education and Youth Projects Coordinator at the AUA Acopian Center for the Environment: 060 61 26 92 or marasatryan@aua.am.

 

RESULTS OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION MICRO PROJECT COMPETITION

Overall we got 126 application from all over Armenia and even Artsakh. The distribution of received applications among regions is as follow:

  • Aragatsotn – 3
  • Ararat – 6
  • Armavir – 12
  • Gegharkunik – 13
  • Kotayk – 10
  • Lori – 9
  • Shirak – 18
  • Syunik – 16
  • Tavush -11
  • Vayots Dzor – 6
  • Yerevan – 21
  • Artsakh – 1

The selection process included 3 steps:

Step 1 – Review the application packages for completeness. Have the applicants submitted all documents requested, have they completed all information on Application form and have they sent it on time? Those application packages that miss documents that we have asked for were eliminated.

Step 2 – The selection committee is formed from the Environmental Education Network (EEN), which evaluated all the remaining proposals based on selection criteria announced. The following members were involved:

  • Melanya Davtyan, National Institute of Education
  • Kristine Gevorgyan, Khoren and Shushanik Avedissian School and Community Center
  • Nvard Gevorgyan, Armenia Tree Project
  • Shamam Gevorgyan, Eco-club Tapan
  • Lusine Gharajyan, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
  • Heghine Hakhverdyan, Environmental Law Research Center of the Faculty of Law, YSU
  • Gayane Melkonyan, UNESCO Chair on “Education for Sustainable Develop.” Center for Ecological-Noosphere Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of RA
  • Liana Nersisyan, Association for Sustainable Human Development
  • Razmik Sargsyan, Young Biologists Association NGO
  • Ruzanna Simonyan, “Poqrik Ishkhan” Educational Complex
  • Hasmik Ter-Voskanyan, AUA Acopian Center for the Environment
  • Tigran Tovmasyan, UNICEF Armenia

Step 3 – Selection committee discussed the applications with the highest marks of each committee member during the meeting. 10 applications are shortlisted. Originally 5 winners were to be selected but we will try to fund all 10 that are shortlisted!