Lori COAF SMART Center Opening May 27, 2018

Armenia has a long and rich history of innovation, but recent generations in the country have been held back by a lack of access to resources and disconnection from the globalized world. SMART–the world’s most innovative initiative for the advancement of rural communities–is providing Armenia’s village youth with resources and opportunities that enable them to pursue their intellectuals and push the boundaries of whatever fields of study compel them.  SMART will take our experiences of working in the villages for the last fifteen years, and spread it out across Armenian countryside to all 900+ villages.  In May of 2018 our first COAF SMART CENTER will open in Lori Province. Learn more about the SMART Center and SMART below:

SMART is the world’s most innovative initiative designed to jump start the advancement of rural communities by connecting them to global best practices in education, health, arts and sciences, renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, environmental practices. SMART Center curriculum emphasizes innovative methods of education enabled by digital communication technologies to facilitate knowledge dissemination.

COAF’s first SMART Center is a 50-acre campus in Armenia’s northern region of Lori. Located just three minutes from the region’s new M6 highway and accessible to over 200,000 people. The Center features a 14,000 sq.ft building that operates as a dynamic “idea acquisition and exchange hub” to invigorate promising, under-supported children of Armenia. The Lori COAF SMART Center offers a wide range of new and proven programs, including digital libraries, robotics & IT, language trainings, arts and music, entrepreneurship, organic agriculture, economic sustainability, and may others. The COAF SMART model is designed to be replicated throughout rural Armenia to inspire and empower a highly resourceful population and to instill pride.

COAF’s SMART initiative has brought upgraded classrooms known as SMART Rooms to schools around the Lori region. They serve as community-based facilities that provide access to COAF programs through the use of technology, and telecommunications along with proficiency in English. Additionally, two SMART Safe Rooms were established in Tavush in 2016. This is a region where civilians including children are under the constant threat of hostilities from Azerbaijan. In COAF SMART Safe rooms we provide an area of refuge for the children and adults.

Want to know more about the world’s most innovative initiative for the advancement of rural communities. Stay connected to COAF SMART, and learn about our mission to empower Armenia’s rural youth.

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