European Union External Action

Reconciling the Past and Present: Social Innovations for Vocational Education and Employability of Young People with Disabilities (SIVEE)

08/02/2018 - 00:00
On the ground (case studies)

EU supports programmes in Armenia, such as Social Innovations for Vocational Education and Employability of Young People with Disabilities (SIVEE) dedicated to equipping youth with disabilities with marketable skills that significantly increase the chances to find fulfilling employment.

Facts & Figures about the Project

Duration:  24 months | January 2016 – January 2018

Total Project Budget:        EUR 444,444.00

EU contribution:       € 400 000

Implementing organization : Save the Children International Armenia Representative Office

Location: Aragatsotn, Armavir, Kotayk, Tavush, Syunik and Vayots Dzor provinces and capital Yerevan, Republic of Armenia

 

Reconciling the Past and Present

Suren Grigoryan, 37, from Sisian jokes that he had never had any particular affinity for bees before taking short-term vocational classes, organised at the Sisian State College. He eventually went on to become a beekeeper. The most difficult thing after an automobile accident for him was “reconciling the present with the past,” as he was “a very active man” before, but after isolated himself from friends and family.

Now it is his third year in Sisian State College and the first of his employment there after a year of gaining theoretical and a year of practical knowledge. He shares his new understanding of bees, their peculiar societal hierarchy, and differences from wasps. It is his newly obtained community of peers that he thinks has majorly contributed to his repairing the gap between the “before” and “after.” When asked if all is well with his family, he replies that his life is back to normal as before and that nothing is ever “all well” in life.

“I’ve been battling memory loss after the accident. Now, I believe, it is around 80% restored and I can fully dedicate myself to my craft of beekeeping.”  

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