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AGBU AND FRUITFUL ARMENIA DISTRIBUTE COMPUTERS TO ARTSAKH SCHOOLCHILDREN

On April 2, as part of the NUR (New Educational Strategy) program, Fruitful Armenia Fund and Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) started the distribution of XO computers to the schoolchildren of Artsakh. About 3,500 computers – a donation from Argentinean-Armenian entrepreneur Eduardo Eurnekian – have already been distributed to the 1-4th graders and their teachers at schools of Stepanakert, Shoushi and Qarin Tak. Present at the ceremony were NKR Prime Minister Arayik Harutyunyan, NKR Education Minister Vladik Khachatryan, President of AGBU Armenian Representation Managing Committee Ashot Ghazarian, AGBU Armenian Representation's NKR Projects Coordinator Sassoun Baghdassaryan, NUR Project coordinator Sebastian Arias Duvall. In his speech NKR Education Minister Vladik Khachatryan said, “This is a memorable day for the schoolchildren of Artsakh and their parents.

This project is of strategic significance. Today, it’s hard to imagine a good education without a good computer. The results of this project will be seen in the future”. Emphasizing the importance of the project AGBU Armenian Representation Managing Committee President Ashot Ghazaryan said in his speech, “AGBU has carried out a lot of projects in Artsakh and it eagerly joined Eduardo Eurnekian’s initiative as well. This is the future of our children. With these devices they will achieve greater heights”. “Our goal is to provide the young generation with high quality education. We are pleased to give these computers to you as presents. Despite the size, these are very powerful tools to reach new heights”, said Sebastian Arias Duvall addressing the children. NUR is the initiative of Eduardo Eurnekian.

In January 2011, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Argentinean-Armenian entrepreneur and the NKR government according to which within the frameworks of NUR project 1-4th graders of Artsakh and their teachers would be provided with XO computers designed specifically for educational purposes. NUR is implemented in partnership with the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU), the world’s largest non-profit Armenian organization, which has undertaken the responsibility of providing the necessary on-the-ground support to ensure the success of the project.

The government of NKR has also committed to provide the Artsakh schools with high quality internet connection, which is an important part of the program. NUR will continue the distribution of XO computers to other communities of Artsakh as soon as the schools are provided with internet connection, which means that in a couple of years all the elementary schoolchildren of Artsakh will have their own computers. NUR was conceived following the concept of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC). OLPC is an educational program developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston. OLPC develops state of the art laptop computers, which are equipped with advanced educational software for students in developing countries.

In Karabakh the program will be providing XO laptop computers to first- to fourth-grade students and their teachers. The goal of this program is to change the future of education system. NUR is aimed at providing high quality education to the children, helping to raise their awareness and to communicate with the rest of the world. The world community sees Nagorno Karabakh within the context of war and regional conflict. People fail to take note of the children who are born and live there. These children are entitled to the universal right of education and access to information.

Through OLPC, I intend to bridge the gap and give the children of NKR the opportunity to receive the best education the world has to offer”, said Mr. Eurnekian. NUR will introduce a revolutionary change to the educational system introducing technology to the classroom, the school and the family.

 
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