European Union External Action

Art is My Inspiration: Social Innovations for Vocational Education and Employability of Young People with Disabilities (SIVEE)

08/02/2018 - 00:00
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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 RepresentativeOffice

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


Art is My Inspiration

Narine Movsisyan, 29, is another beneficiary of SIVEE project, who now works as a designer at Vayots Dzor State Regional College, where she does embroidery, colorful typography, and laser engraving.

“There aren’t that many things that the four walls of one’s room can give to a person,” she says. “My work is my happiness. It enriches my every day. When I was taking woodworking classes at the college I woke up every day looking forward to them.”

Narine says she is interested in all fields of art and is constantly on the lookout for new techniques and ideas. The most important thing for her is loving her work. Even if something is not going smoothly in the learning process, she has the courage to know and insist that she can and she will. This is especially admirable given how long she has had to deal with rejection based on stereotyping when seeking employment.

“When one has a disability, especially a visible one – for example, I use a walking aid – potential employers assume one also has invisible disabilities that will hinder the work process,” she says.

Narine has applied for her work to be in an exhibition in Moscow and is excited about her first trip outside Armenia, though she cannot imagine living somewhere besides her native Eghegnadzor.  It’s not that she doesn’t like change, it’s that she loves the people she is friends with and the work she is doing at Vayots Dzor College.

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