Council of Europe to Assist Armenia’s Education Reforms

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Armenia’s Education and Science Minister Levon Mkrtchyan was on a working visit to Strasbourg on March 21-22.

According to the Armenian Foreign Ministry’s Public Relations Department–at the Council of Europe headquarters the minister held meetings with Deputy Secretary General of the organization Hans-Christian Kruger–Chief Director of the CE General Secretariat for Political Issues Klaus Schuman–Chief Director for Education–Culture and Heritage–Youth Affairs and Sport Bendrick Ghugaas–Head of the Directorate for Education and Higher Education Gabriele Mazza–Head of the Directorate for Strategic Planning Jean-Louis Laurent–Head of the Directorate for Culture and Cultural & Natural Heritage Jose-Maria Belester–other executives of the General Secretariat for Educational Affairs.

Armenia’s Education and Science Minister and CE officials discussed issues connected with further cooperation. In particular–they discussed the framework program of cooperation for 2002-2004 developed by the CE Directorate for Education and Higher Education–as well as a program of action for 2002.

Besides bilateral programs–the sides also discussed multilateral and regional programs in the field of education within the framework of the Council of Europe. An agreement that the CE will assist Armenia’s educational reforms through expertise of laws and educational programs–was reached. A draft law on higher education will soon be submitted for expertise.

The CE’s corresponding directorate will provide expert assistance in the matter of developing a concept of vocational training and new methods of teaching history in Armenia–as well as the program of creating a pan-Armenian educational Internet resource.

An agreement about the establishment of a commission for the coordination of cooperation with the CE in the field of education in Armenia was also reached. The commission will draft proposals on cooperation–make out a working schedule–submit them to the CE–and monitor the execution of current programs.

Minister Levon Mkrtchian presented Armenia’s system of education and the course of reforms to the CE officials. He urged the Council of Europe to regard Armenia as a crossroads of dialogue of civilizations and take advantage of the educational and scientific potential available in the country. The minister expressed readiness to conduct bilateral–regional and multilateral seminars in Armenia jointly with the Council of Europe.


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