European Union External Action

I Know I Can: 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

 

I Know I Can

37-year-old Hripsime Poghosyan has had to learn handcraft in secret from a very young age, because her mother was worried about her low vision and hand disability. But now that she sees her daughter’s enthusiasm for art, she has come around. Hripsime goes as far as to call art her life’s calling. When she was offered classes at Armavir State College of Art, she insisted on taking two different courses. Often losing track of time and space because she liked the classes so much, Hripsime found out that she already knew a lot, though often she could not put a name to what she knew. Hripsime could even teach some skills to her fellow students. That’s when she discovered what she wanted to do in the future – teach children with disabilities and in orphanages different forms of handcraft.

Now Hripsime works at the college’s Printing House, a newly-established social enterprise and sometimes as a model during painting classes.

“One day they just approached me and asked me if I’d model for them, because apparently I have very artistic features.” she says.

Though she doesn’t know much about painting, she says it’s next on her to-learn list. Besides collecting many portraits of herself, Hripsime likes to help the college students with their art projects. 

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