Watercolors, Glue and Parents’ Workshop

Recently, a parent said after a session at the COAF SMART Center, “My kid behaved badly, and I wanted to hit him… And then I remembered what miss Armine said and held back…” Armine Galstyan is a psychologist that not only works with children at COAF SMART Center but also conducts seminars with their parents.…

How COAF children learn to manage their emotions

Scientists say that our success depends on emotional intelligence 80% and only 20% depends on IQ. “Emotional intelligence or EQ is the ability to perceive, express, and manage emotions, to understand others’ intentions, behavior and wishes, in order to solve practical issues”, COAF Psychological Support Subprogram Manager Tamara Harutyunyan says. “Developing emotional intelligence can have…

Three Reasons to learn English

You can help out a foreigner that has lost his way in an Armenian village A few months ago, Yura Tatoyan, 16, met a foreigner in his local Akori community. The young tourist had apparently lost his way. He kept asking, “Do you speak English?” but nobody seemed to understand him. Yura approached him and…

The 80 SMARTans or How to make Lori Attractive

Do you remember your childhood summer camp, with outdoor games, competitions, contests and gatherings around the campfire? Well, the COAF SMART Center camp in Debet offered all of the above and even more… Seventeen-year-old Harut Chatinyan from Dsegh was among 80 lucky SMARTans (no, not Spartans) to attend the first ever COAF SMART summer camp…