GEGHARKUNIK, Armenia —The Areguni NGO, through its project “Let’s Speak through Puppets,” delivered environmental education to schoolchildren through puppet theater performances in six villages in the Gegharkunik region, including Chambarak, Vahan, Ttujur, Martuni, Aygut and Dprabak. More than 530 students and 90 teachers participated.
The project, conducted in April 2016, included six high school students from Chambarak village participated as puppeteers. The performance was adapted from the plot of Hovhannes Tumanyan’s fairy tale “The Foolish Man”. The puppet theater adaptation integrated knowledge from the Arhus Convention on the right to have a healthy environment, as well as Article 33.2 of the RA Constitution on the right to live in an environment promoting health and welfare.
The project was one of the 10 winners of the Environmental Education Micro Project Competition. The winning projects represent the best from a pool of 130 applications from across the country. The competition was administered by the AUA Acopian Center for the Environment. A selection team, comprising EEN members, reviewed and made the final decisions on the competition’s winners.
The competition was financially supported by the Norwegian Embassy Small Grant Program. The aim of the Norwegian grant was to develop environmental education capacities in Armenia, including the establishment and strengthening of the Environmental Education Network (EEN), a learning partnership between civil society, educational institutions, government, and international organizations.
The AUA Acopian Center for the Environment (AUA ACE), a research center at the American University of Armenia, promotes the protection and restoration of the natural environment through research, education, and community outreach. AUA ACE’s focus areas include sustainable natural resource management, biodiversity and conservation, greening the built environment, clean energy, and energy efficiency, as well as information technology and the environment.