Meet Rosa Tadevosyan, a twenty-year-old girl from Arteni, a COAF-supported community in Aragatsotn region. A few years ago, she could never imagine she would speak English fluently, get into a linguistic university and travel the world to take part in educational programs.
Everything started from English Access Microscholarship Program jointly funded by COAF and U.S. Embassy. Rosa got enrolled in it in 2013 and quickly learned to communicate in English. She graduated from the program in 2015 and, a few months later gave her first public speech in English at COAF Gala in New York! After that, she realized that there was a whole world in front of her, full of lots of new opportunities. Rosa understood that there was nothing impossible for her.
After getting back from New York Rosa was determined to take a long journey towards personal growth and education. She was admitted to Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences. “I major in translation and intercultural communication,” Rosa says. “But my interests go far beyond these topics. I am also drawn to women’s leadership and gender issues.”
“Before taking part in the program, I was absolutely sure that discrimination against women was a very big problem in Armenia. I still think it is, but I was also completely shocked to hear about discrimination cases in, for example, Latin America…,” Rosa sighs. “In Boston, I had a chance to discuss those issues with a number of participants. I think that raising children is an extremely important thing, but it should not be the only mission for women. After all, mothers should be well-educated in order to become a role model for their kids.”
Rosa thinks that women can become leaders in almost all areas. “In Boston, we visited the headquarters of a famous footwear brand,” she recalls. “Their team mainly consisted of women who shared their experience and told about their long and hard journey towards success.”
Now, Rosa plans sharing her new knowledge and skills with rural youth. “I am sure it is very important to teach people in rural areas about children’s and women’s rights,” she says. “I would like to conduct a program on it in Lori region, invite lecturers and share my experience on leadership and other issues.”
Rosa thinks that due to the above-mentioned programs her life has totally changed. “The impact was enormous. I learned English through the COAF and US Embassy English Access program; I gave a public speech at COAF Gala in New York; I was nominated for the leadership program in Boston… I was a Teacher Assistant at Bloom Creative Writing project where I learned multitasking and improved my teaching skills… U.S. Embassy Yerevan – COAF partnership changed my mindset, and that is far more valuable than material things.”