“NUR” EXPANDS IN ARTSAKH (VIDEO MATERIAL)

Since 2011, the Armenian General Bevenolent Union (AGBU) has worked closely with Argentinean-Armenian businessman Eduardo Eurnekian’s Fruitful Armenia Foundation to implementing the MNUR Educational Strategy project in Artsakh. Over the last three years, students in grades 1 through 4 as well as their teachers in Stepanakert, Shoushi and Karintak have received XO personal computers. Today, three years after the initial launch of the project, with the joint decision of the AGBU and Fruitful Armenia Foundation, NUR is expanded to six more regions, Hadrut, Berdzor, Karvachar, Martakert, Martuni and Askeran and providing 6th grade students in Stepanakert and Shoushi with Classmate computers, the technical requirements of which far exceed those of the XO computers. Classmate computers are designed for teenagers and run on Windows 8, which allows the user to edit text, create tables, video and game materials, as well as access to the Internet. These new computers come fully equipped with drawing and coloring programs, online recording cameras, which provide an opportunity to take photos and create video materials to be edited at a later stage. Classmate computers are best designed for reading books, which will further enhance the students’ learning experience. As part of this phase, 1200 computers were provided to student and teachers in Artsakh bringing the overall number since the launch of the program to 7100. Between October 20th and 25th, NUR organized training courses for teachers both in Stepanakert and the districts, those who completed the courses were awarded Certificates and laptop computers. NUR was developed following the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) concept. The program was developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is practiced in many countries around the world. As well as Fruitful Armenia Foundation and AGBU, NKR Government also supports the program providing Internet connection to Artsakh’s communities.

 

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