Regional Job Fair in Ijevan

On May 6, within the framework of the EU4Youth “Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Development for Green Progress” project, Green Lane NGO, in cooperation with YSU Ijevan Branch, organized a job fair in Ijevan.

About 40 organizations participated in the job fair. They offered different jobs to the youth of Tavush region, offered various employment opportunities, short-term and long-term employment, internships, seasonal work, etc. More than 300 young people from different cities and communities of Tavush region had the chance to participate in the job fair. 

The purpose of the job fair is to connect the organizations operating and the youth living in Tavush region and enable the youth to leave their CVs with the preferred employers and participate in the interviews. 

The project implemented by Caucasus Environmental NGO Network (Georgia) and Green Lane NGO (Armenia) aims at identifying entrepreneurial potential in the most vulnerable communities and promoting entrepreneurship opportunities among young people. 


Resource, Opportunity, and Platform: Tavush Media Contest Summary (PHOTOS)

On April 12-13, the winners of the contest announced by Tavush Media were hosted on Tavush TV in Ijevan. A two-day training course was held, after which the winners were awarded prizes for further cooperation with Tavush Media.

The two-day training is the first part of the professional training of the winners. During the training, our teammates of Tavush TV introduced the winners to the main nuances of using the technologies and answered the questions of our future correspondents. Together, we discussed several important topics related to journalism, creating stories, and image capture.  

At the end of the training, Tavush Media gave prizes to the young people for the whole set of equipment to create their materials, four video cameras, as well as accessories, speakers, drives, tripods, etc. 

The contest announced some months ago is the initiative of Tavush Media to give an opportunity to young people to get corresponding resources, skills, and a platform to tell their stories. The winners of the competition get the opportunity to be paid for cooperation with different platforms of Tavush Media – Tavush TV, website, blog, as well as all the technical means to ensure that cooperation: filming and editing, relevant professional training. 

The winners of the competition were selected out of 15-30 aged young people from Tavush, based on their journalistic materials. Tavush Media team selected the winners based on a preliminary competition and interview. At this stage of the initiative, young people from Noyemberyan and Berd were selected. 

After summarizing the competition, Tavush Media will start the cooperation with the winners: soon, Tavush stories of our new and young correspondents will be available on our website. 

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“Social-pedagogical innovations in education” international conference at YSU IB

140 participants from 17 countries; on March 15-16 Ijevan Branch of Yerevan state university held a “Social-pedagogical innovations in education” international scientific conference. Young lecturers and scientists, undergraduate and graduate students of different specialties attended the conference.

According to the acting director of YSU IB Anushavan Makaryan, “Ijevan Branch of YSU organizes such a large-scale scientific conference for the first time. The aim is to discuss the changes occurring in the education system at the current stage and the new technologies used. The future of our country is being shaped in schools and universities.”

The aim of the international scientific conference was: promoting students’ research, discovering the creative potential of post-graduate students, developing the intra-university and inter-university cooperation of students and lecturers, the focus of the youth’s attention on modern pedagogical research.

The directions of the conference were:

  1. Trends in the development of professional-pedagogical education today and tomorrow.
  2. The professional competencies of future pedagogues.
  3. Innovative principles and approaches of the organization to pedagogical activities.
  4. Information technologies in education.
  5. Design and development of educational environment at school/university.
  6. Educative work in the education system.
  7. The role of culture in upbringing and education.
  8. Synergetics: a new direction for spiritual and mental education.
  9. Pedagogy, psychology, information-communication environment as sources of new opportunities.
  10. The education and upbringing of those with limited health opportunities.
  11. The ecological aspects of education in modern conditions.
  12. The teaching methods of literature, foreign languages, and intercultural communication.


The conference was the first event of the long-term project “Project Ijevan Valley Ed Tech.” It will become regular and national and international cooperation shaped within its framework, Ijevan branch will develop different research projects in education and will participate in international projects developing the popularity of pedagogical professions among the youth, expanding the existing graduate project based on research, laboratory work, and experiments.

Dilijan Community Center hosted the Final Round of the Diamond Challenge

On March 13, the Armenian final round of the Diamond Challenge youth entrepreneurship competition took place in Dilijan Community Center. During this round, the teams of Goris, Meghri, Yerevan, Dilijan, and Ijevan presented their ideas to the selection committee.

According to Armine Hovhannisyan, the president of the “Dilijan Community Center” NGO, Dilijan Community Center has been hosting the final round of the competition in Armenia for five years now. “Year by year, we try to expand our scope to include more high school students as we are very interested in transferring our entrepreneurial skills and knowledge to them. The students have come to compete today. However, it is more important to me that they learned and understood what the business idea is, and they were able to define a business idea, understood their customers and buyers, got budget, problem-solving, public speaking, and several other soft skills. This is the real victory for me.”

The small Business team representing Yerevan won the competition with their idea of edible flowers menu for a café receiving 250 $ from the Dilijan community Center and an invitation to participate in the final round of the competition at the University of Delaware  in the USA.

The competition was created by Horn Enterprise, the cornerstone of business established at the University Delaware in the USA.

The Head of UWC College Dilijan, Gabriel Abad Fernández, says he is happy to participate in this event: “This is a wonderful opportunity to see the entrepreneurial spirit of the Armenian youth, who try to find new ways to impact and realize their ideas.”

The purpose of the competition is to develop the entrepreneurial skills of high school students enabling them to start their businesses. “Even if we do not win, this will be a great experience, and what we couldn’t do now we will be able to use in our successful business plans,” says Ruslanna Dilbaryan, one of the competitors.

In previous years, the winning teams represented the cities of Dilijan, Yerevan, and Yeghegnadzor in the final. The “Papuk” team from Dilijan, which was recognized as the winner in 2021, represented the idea of recycling furniture within the framework of which soft furniture was made of used and unfit wheels. “Papuk” team has already sold its product, which can also be seen in Dilijan city park.

According to Varda Avetisyan, a member of the competition jury and the founder of “Kchuch” and “Tava” restaurants; such events are very important and inspiring for the youth, “I remember, when I was at this age, I had a business idea, but it was the 90s, and unfortunately, nothing was organized like this. I think that it is very important for the community to encourage young people to think constructively and organize big and small games in which they’ll participate and show their talent.”


“Restart Ijevan” launches “Entrepreneurship Promotion in Ijevan” initiative

”Entrepreneurship Promotion in Ijevan” program launched on the initiative of the “Restart Ijevan” NGO, is in progress. Within the framework of the program, 5 girls from the community, who don’t get higher education, will get specialized in the field of confectionery. After receiving the necessary qualification as a result of the trainings, the participants of the program will get the opportunity to work in the confectionery industry.

“The idea of the program arose, when we as a team, started to notice that there are many women and girls in Ijevan, who have a great love and passion for confectionery but do not have appropriate resources and opportunities to get professional knowledge. We decided to give them the opportunity to become skilled professionals in this field within the framework of the community development program, to have their small productions, probably to work in factories or become bigger entrepreneurs in the future.” Says Vika Kharatyan, one of the initiators of the program.

The idea is implemented within the framework of the “Youth for Community Development” program, which includes about 50 young people from Tavush. In parallel with the “Entrepreneurship Promotion in Ijevan” initiative, 5 youth programs are currently being implemented in different communities of Tavush region.

Medora Asilyan, one of the participants of the programs tells, “More than 7 programs were selected, which had both educational and community nature. Through this program, we have tried to give an opportunity to young people and make them ambassadors of change. They have developed these programs by themselves looking at the problems around them. The goal was for them to start contributing to the development of their communities by themselves.”