Education: Memorandum will introduce new subjects to schools

A memorandum to expand and streamline the cooperation between the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Office in Yerevan and Armenia's Education and Science Ministry was signed December 6 in Yerevan, according to which, along with existing subjects, schoolchildren will study subjects on human rights and on “environmental educational and awareness of a right to healthy environment.”

“Environmental security is part of [national] security of our country; and it is necessary to eliminate the causes of environmental problems in order to settle the problems. And this can be achieved, first of all, through implementation of environmental educational programs,” says Minister of Education and Science Armen Ashotyan.

Ashotyan believes that the memorandum will also support efforts to get students more involved in management processes of higher educational institutions.

(According to research by McKinsey & Company global management consulting firm in late November, Armenia’s educational system is improving, as these and other initiatives have earn good marks.)