The AUA Acopian Center for the Environment is working with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) office in Armenia to develop environmental education training modules for decision makers from ministries, state agencies, regional governments, and local governments.

The modules will comprise up to 24 hours of training in a wide variety of environmental topics, including the following:

  • Global environmental challenges and opportunities
  • Armenia’s environmental challenges
  • Environmental governance (global & Armenia)
  • Sustainable agriculture (including food)
  • Sustainable cities (including transport)
  • Sustainable forests / biodiversity
  • Energy efficiency
  • Renewable energy
  • Responsible consumption
  • Responsible production
  • Circular economy: eliminating waste

The modules are being designed consistent with the principles of adult learning. Adult learners generally come with a great deal of personal experience (both positive and negative) which they continuously refer to and apply to the training content. They also tend to be practical. They often face multiple pressing responsibilities and obligations requiring them to be focused on practical issues. It is best to emphasize problem-based learning as opposed to being lecture-based only. Adult learners also tend to prefer engaging in discussions and contributing their input.

The experts engaged in by the AUA Acopian Center for preparation of the environmental education modules are Alen Amirkhanian, Astghine Pasoyan, Tamara Babayan, Aram Asatryan, Heghine Grigoryan, and Tatyana Danielyan. The project is being managed by Gagik Gabrielyan and coordinated by Litta Muradyan.

The project is a part of a larger project being implemented by UNDP Armenia called “Generating global environmental benefits through environmental education and raising awareness of stakeholders,” which is co-funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and UNDP.