ONGOING PROJECTS

PROJECT TITLE

Development of Legal Culture in Armenia

TIME PERIOD

1 June 2009 – 31 May 2011

DONOR ORGANISATION

Interchurch Organization for Development Cooperation (ICCO) (€200.000)

DESCRIPTION IN BRIEF

Specific objectives:
  • - To enrich human rights knowledge and practical application skills at school level based on real-life human rights problems and solutions through teacher training at AHRS.
  • - To develop human rights and legal awareness of the public through scientific and widely-read publications and the activities of the HRLN as human rights education resource centres.
Activities:
  • - Organisation of AHRS advanced training courses with the participation of 55 secondary school teachers from various regions of Armenia.
  • - Provision of human rights and legal information and legal consultation to 12,000 (annually at least 6000) community members through the activities of HRLN as human rights education resource centres in Lori, Gegharkunik, Tavush, Ararat and Kotayk regions of Armenia.
  • - Publication of the scientific-methodological review For the Sake of Justice in 300-copy print runs and its free dissemination to educational establishments, libraries, international and local organisations in the HRE field, mass media, state and local self governing bodies.
  • - Publication of monthly newspaper Legal Culture in 2000-copy print runs and its free dissemination to educational establishments, libraries, international and local organisations in the HRE field, mass media, state and local self governing bodies.
  • - Organisation of HRE information and good practice exchange Internet-Network forum in participation of at least 50 registered users (individuals and organisations) and 100 visitors.

PROJECT TITLE

Translation into Armenian and publication of Compasito: Manual on Human Rights Education for Children

TIME PERIOD

1 September 2009 – 10 December 2010

DONOR ORGANISATIONS

Council of Europe (€3.000), United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund ($4.000), United Nations Development Programme (€924)

DESCRIPTION IN BRIEF

Goal: To translate Compasito – a manual on human rights education for children into Armenian, publish and disseminate it to all secondary schools, libraries, NGOs working in the human rights education field and all human rights libraries. Activities:
  • - Translation, editing and proofreading of Compasito into the Armenian language.
  • - Publication of the manual in 1000-copy print run in “Zangak 97” Publishing House, located in Yerevan.
  • - Dissemination of printed copies to secondary schools, libraries and human rights educational NGOs.

RECENT PROJECTS


PROJECT TITLE

Democracy: from Papers to Real Life

TIME PERIOD

1 March 2009 – 31 May 2010

DONOR ORGANISATION

Embassy of the United States of America in Armenia ($20.860)

DESCRIPTION IN BRIEF

Goal: To contribute to the development of democratic institutions through strengthening the Educational-Cultural Centre in Vanadzor, Lori region, Armenia. Summary: The project contributed to the development of democratic institutions through strengthening the ACRPC Educational-Cultural Centre in Vanadzor, thus raising human rights awareness and information through the activities of the Human Rights Library, publication and dissemination of “Legal Culture” newspaper. The Educational-Cultural Centre was re-equipped with modern equipment and new human rights literature which are enjoyed by ACRPC beneficiaries and the schoolchildren and teachers of the Collaborative Secondary School (CSS). It also contributed to non-violence education in the CSS.

PROJECT TITLE

Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP)

TIME PERIOD

27 November 2009 – 4 December 2009

DONOR ORGANISATION

Centre for Economic Development and Research (AMD 620.000)

DESCRIPTION IN BRIEF

Goal: To research the influence of climate change on poverty. Summary: ACRPC, within the framework of the Armenian GCAP coalition, was involved in the drafting of a report on the effects of Climate Change. The aim of this was to allow those who have been impacted by climate change to share their stories, voice their concerns and demand a space in the policy debate on climate justice. The testimonies that emerged from 19 countries around the world exposed the very real impact of climate change on the lives of millions of people all over the world and represented a powerful call to local, national, and world leaders to act with urgency and moral responsibility when they met in Copenhagen in December 2009.

PROJECT TITLE

Global Campaign for Education (GCE): Global Action Week 2009 – The Big Read

TIME PERIOD

1 March 2009 – 31 May 2009

DONOR ORGANIZATION

GCE Secretariat (€1.500)

DESCRIPTION IN BRIEF

Goal: To promote global education. Summary: From 1 March to 31 May 2009, the GCE initiative, The Big Read, was coordinated by ACRPC in Armenia. The Big Book was translated into Armenian and sent to government and non-governmental organisations, local schools, libraries and writers throughout Armenia. Over 10,000 people participated in The Big Read from all regions of the country. Students between the ages 10-14 re-energised traditional Armenian family readings by organising The Big Read among their families. The Minister of Culture, Hasmik Poghosian, called on the Armenian population, cultural institutions and libraries, encouraging them to actively participate in The Big Read. The Minister declared her support for the campaign to respond actively to The Big Read as a tool to abolish illiteracy and to encourage a positive environment for the dissemination of books and literature.

PROJECT TITLE

Development of Legal Culture in Armenia: Intermediate Years 1 & 2

TIME PERIOD

1 November 2007 – 31 May 2009

DONOR ORGANISATION

Interchurch Organisation for Development Cooperation (ICCO) (€50.432)

DESCRIPTION IN BRIEF

Goal: To raise awareness of community leaders in Lori region: LSGB officials, NGO members, teachers, journalists, students and active individuals through AHRS seminars and to develop and spread public information on human rights promotion and protection mechanisms and legal issues through scientific publications and HRLN library services. Summary: The 13th and 14th AHRS Annual Advanced Human Rights Courses were organised, with the participation of approximately 80 teachers, who improved their knowledge, awareness and methodological skills in human rights education (HRE). On Human Rights Day 2007 a two week online forum was organised in which 30 people participated. Over 700 legal consultations were provided to beneficiaries. 10 issues of For the Sake of Justice legal scientific-methodical review were published in 150-copy print runs and distributed to beneficiary organisations and interested individuals. 41 issues of Legal Culture newspaper were published in 2000-copy print runs and disseminated free of charge to educational establishments, libraries, international and local organisations in the HRE field, mass media, state and local self governing bodies. ACRPC underwent independent financial audits in 2007 and 2008. On May 31, the interim stage of the “Development of Legal Culture in Armenia” ICCO project came to an end and a two-year partnerhip was signed thereafter, which is due to expire on 31 May 2011. The main objective of the project are to strengthen to the capacities of teachers of the legal components of the academic subject “Social Sciences” from all Armenian regions on the AHRS Advanced Human Rights Course and to develop public education and information on human rights promotion and protection mechanisms by legal publications and Human Rights Library Network services.

PROJECT TITLE

Global Campaign for Education (GCE): Global Action Week 2008 – The Biggest Lesson

TIME PERIOD

March – April 2008

DONOR ORGANISATION

GCE Secretariat (€770,40)

DESCRIPTION IN BRIEF

Goal: To promote global education. Summary: The Global Campaign for Education Armenian Coalition, coordinated by ACRPC, secured the involvement of UNESCO and the Armenian Ministry of Education & Science’s National Institute of Education in the World’s Biggest Lesson, giving the campaign more potential for political influence in Armenia than ever before. Teachers, students, lecturers and parents from 112 educational and other institutions of various regions of Armenia took part in the organised lesson. It was attended by Deputies of the Armenian National Assembly, politicians, representatives of state and local self-governing bodies, the intelligentsia, the media and representatives of higher educational institutes. The activities of the campaign and the lesson were broadcast by different TV stations and covered by the “Legal culture” newspaper.

PROJECT TITLE

Sowing Human Rights Seeds

TIME PERIOD

1 December 2008 – 31 March 2009

DONOR ORGANISATION

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) ($4.990)

DESCRIPTION IN BRIEF

Goal: Spreading of human rights and democracy ideas among school-age children through promotion of human rights education and information. Summary: This project was completed on March 31 2009, which developed human rights educational youth clubs in Vanadzor, Hrazdan and Sevan, improved their knowledge of human rights, acquainted them with the UN Offices in Armenia and the Office of the Armenian Human Rights Defender and encouraged greater social activity in their respective communities.

PROJECT TITLE

Raising Funds for Human Rights Education Development

TIME PERIOD

November 9 2007 – December 15 2007

DONOR ORGANISATION

Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) (€3.000)

DESCRIPTION IN BRIEF

Goal: To create financial, organisational and partnership preconditions in Armenia for the development of the capabilities of the ACRPC AHRS through a fundraising campaign, as well as to contribute to the development of legal culture and democratic values through human rights education for various societal groups in the region. Summary: The fundraising marathon was the first activity organised on such a mass scale by an NGO in Armenia for the construction of the Armenian Human Rights School premises and human rights education gained national recognition. The event received strong support from all sides of the Lori region community. The marathon continues to this day and both donations and responses are still being received. Valuable experience was gained in preparation for the next country-wide fundraising event in 2008. More than 500 people took part in the telethon. Participation of the general public was extremely encouraging, with many small donations, which proved that there is demand in the community for human rights education and for the existence of the training centre, although the community itself cannot afford to pay for it. A vivid example was the case of a Vanadzor resident who called on the day of the telethon to explain that he was unemployed and could not donate, but offered to work on the construction of the building free of charge. The total amount raised surpassed the two grants given by the OSCE Yerevan Office in 2007-2008, totalling €5700.

PROJECT TITLE

Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP)

TIME PERIOD

October 1 2007 – November 15 2007

DONOR ORGANISATIONS

Oxfam GB, Oxfam Novib and the Economic Development and Research Centre NGO (AMD 804.740)

DESCRIPTION IN BRIEF

Goal: Implementation of GCAP Month of Mobilisation “Stand Up and Speak Out Against Poverty and Inequality” in conjunction with the GCAP Armenian National Coalition. Summary: ACRPC, within the framework of the Armenian GCAP coalition participated in the rally of roughly 3800 people in Yerevan, the march and attended the public concert to Stand Up and Speak Out Against Poverty and inequality. ACRPC gathered opinions through SMS messages on the campaign’s motto and prepared thematic posters and shirts, distributing them to participant organisations The event was preceded by a news conference to announce the event, articles in the local press and participation of GCAP national coalition members in a few TV talk shows. The press conference took place at the UN country representative office in Yerevan.

PROJECT TITLE

Armenian National Training Course on Human Rights Education with Young People

TIME PERIOD

September 2007

DONOR ORGANISATION

Council of Europe (€6.500)

DESCRIPTION IN BRIEF

Goal: To make Compass – A Manual on Human Rights Education with Young People available to Armenian users. Summary: 40 young tutors received training on how to use Compass – A Manual on Human Rights Education with Young People, obtaining knowledge and methodological skills in human rights education (HRE). Training participants were familiarised with the approaches and activities in Compass and the role of HRE for young people and youth organisations was illustrated. Copies of Compass were distributed and partnerships established among civil society and educational structures.

PROJECT TITLE

Global Campaign for Education (GCE): Global Action Week 2007

TIME PERIOD

April 2007

DONOR ORGANISATION

GCE Secretariat (€2.535)

DESCRIPTION IN BRIEF

Goal: To promote global education. Summary: Campaigners in Armenia, under the coordination of ACRPC, collected compelling evidence of people deprived of education. About 50 schools from various regions, towns and villages participated in the Global Action Week. Human chains were made throughout the week around schools, the Sardarapat historical monument, and the Culture Palace in Vanadzor Town. Other activities included GCE “Big Hearings: for education and a popular play My Friend Neso by Armenian writer Hovhannes Toumanyan was staged.

PROJECT TITLE

Strengthening Awareness and Response in Exposure of Corruption in Armenia

TIME PERIOD

February 2007 – September 2007

DONOR ORGANISATION

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) ($6.470)

DESCRIPTION IN BRIEF

Goal: To improve transparency and accountability of the Armenian governing structures through promotion of effective civil society participation in monitoring the Government’s anti-corruption strategy processes. Summary: ACRPC implemented this project in Lori region, monitoring healthcare and educational institutions using the Armenian Government’s anti-corruption methodology.

PROJECT TITLE

Strengthening Constitutional Legality through Human Rights Protection

TIME PERIOD

February 2007 – September 2007

DONOR ORGANISATIONS

Counterpart International (CPI/CASP, USAID, NGOC) (AMD 2.473.350)

DESCRIPTION IN BRIEF

Overall Objective: Strengthing of constitutional justice in state-governing bodies. Goal: To raise the number of defence cases of citizens’ rights. Summary: ACRPC defended the rights of those citizens deprived by the state of receiving social cards, raised awareness among citizens about the fundamentals of law and legislation and published ten legally analytical articles which informed community members about the necessity for constitutional and legislative reforms. In autumn 2007, two reports were published and distributed to law specialists: the first being the results of the ACRPC 3rd Experience Exchange conference and the second a report on the first individual case in the Constitutional Court of Armenia.

PROJECT TITLE

Human Rights Education and Public Information for Legal Culture Development in the Republic of Armenia

TIME PERIOD

January 2007 – June 2008

DONOR ORGANISATION

Delegation of the European Commission to Georgia and Armenia (€79.327)

DESCRIPTION IN BRIEF

Goal: To develop legal culture in Armenia through informing various groups of society about legal, social, economic and cultural developments through training Legal Subjects teachers of various Armenian regions, legal publications and HRLN libraries. Summary: Around 80 teachers attended the ARHS advanced courses and experience exchange conference and developed their knowledge and methodological skills in human rights education (HRE), using the Collaborative Teaching Methodology. 51 issues of Legal Culture newspaper were published in 2000-copy print runs and distributed to all schools in Armenia, as well as to educational establishments, civil society organisations and other interested parties. More than 8000 individuals made use of HRLN services.

PROJECT TITLE

Development of Legal Culture in Armenia

TIME PERIOD

October 2004 – September 2007

DONOR ORGANISATION

Interchurch Organization for Development Cooperation (ICCO) (€212.000)

DESCRIPTION IN BRIEF

Goal: To develop the legal education system in Armenia and raise efficiency of the community governance. Summary: AHRS one-year advanced human rights training course for 50 teachers was held, with annual experience exchange conferences held and subsequent reports published on the results of the conferences. Annual seminars for approximately 90 community heads in Lori region were conducted, with free handouts legal information and additional live roundtables for community leaders. ACRPC offered free legal consultations to these community members. Annual external audits of ACRPC’s financial statements were undertaken and an international expert for external monitoring and evaluation was invited to ACRPC in the second year of the project’s implementation. library services.

IMPLEMENTED PROJECTS