President of the Republic of Armenia Armen Sarkissian and Mrs. Nouneh Sarkissian visited the region of Lori and had a tour around COAF SMART Center. They talked with the children and adults attending the courses in robotics, digital drawing, programming, dance, active citizenship, languages. “You don’t just put together Lego pieces, you build your future,” the President said to the members of robotics lab. “For example, you will build tractors in the future, and we will not have to import the agricultural machinery materials from other countries.”
The President stated he had never seen anything like COAF SMART Center in any of the countries he had been to. “You should never forget that you are proud citizens of Armenia,” he said to COAF SMART Center students.
The tour ended in Andrea Martin Performing Arts auditorium full of two hundred children. “Millions of kids in New York would dream of attending such an educational center… I like this center so much that I think I will have regular visits to this venue… My homeland is not just in Yerevan, my homeland is also in Vanadzor, Debet and Dsegh,” said the President, adding that he will bring his grandchildren to COAF SMART Center during the upcoming summer holidays.
“COAF SMART Center was the culmination of the activities conducted by COAF over many years. Today’s visit once again emphasizes those results. Equal opportunities for rural children have become essential for us, taking into consideration the importance of innovative technologies for the development of Armenia, which has been mentioned by President Armen Sarkissian during the Francophonie Economic Forum,” said Irina Igitkhanyan, COAF Director of Partnerships and Events.