Today over 100 countries are celebrating Safer Internet Day. This year Orange Armenia, Media Education Center, Internet Society of Armenia launched the Safer Internet Armenia project.
In frames of the Safer Internet Armenia 2013 over 300 teachers from 150 schools will be trained and over 3000 students will take part in open lessons on Internet safety. This year a special attention is paid to engaging parents, who will take part in numerous workshops held in Armenia’s capital city and regions. On the Safer Internet Day 2013 the Best Open Lesson and the Best e-Poster Competitions are announced among school children and teachers.
“As the major mobile internet provider in Armenia, we care about providing our customers with keys to safe internet use, protecting their information and hardware as well as their children from inappropriate content. However, we are not limiting ourselves to simply offering needed products and solutions and as a responsible company we are happy to join this large-scale educational project,” said Francis Gelibter, the CEO of Orange Armenia.
Orange Armenia has been advocating safer internet use since last year. The company has supported workshops and awareness raising campaigns and provided its customers with Kaspersky Internet Security Labs in cooperation with Kaspersky to protect children from inappropriate content online. Many Orange customers are already using it.
“More and more children start using internet at an earlier age. Still, children under 12 do not have proper critical thinking skills to make choices when surfing, playing and learning on the Internet, therefore parents are advised to participate in their internet activities,” Narine Khachatryan, Deputy Director of the Media Education Center, said.
Studies show those teenagers whose families do not set rules for internet use at home are twice more likely to access web sites with inappropriate content. All those concerned about the content their children are exposed to on the Internet can visit www.safe.am to find necessary information and educational resources in Armenian language.
Safer Internet Day is part of a global drive by awareness-raising partners to promote a safer and better internet for all users, especially young people. It is organised by Insafe and INHOPE in the framework of the European Commission’s Safer Internet Programme, working together to deliver a safer internet, promoting safe, responsible use of the internet and mobile devices to children, young people and their families, and working to identify and remove illegal content online. For further information, seewww.saferinternetday.org.
70 per cent of Armenia’s secondary schools hosted Safer Internet Open Classes in February – March this year. This wide-scale action was based on the new model of open lessons on Internet safety, developed by the Media Education Center in frames of the Safer Internet Armenia 2012. Over 15 000 children participated the activities through open lessons across 800 schools in the capital and regions.
Subsequently, www.safe.am had 26-fold increase in visits and at the end of February ranked first as the most visited Education and Science website in Armenia. The success of the project has led to the involvement of new partners and the extension of the scope of the project in the provinces of Armenia.
Safer Internet Armenia 2012 has been launched by Media Education Center, Internet Society of Armenia through support of Orange Armenia and Yerevan City Municipality. The National Center for Educational Technologies rendered information support. The project is aimed to provide children and parents, teachers and students with necessary educational materials, highlighting how to use new technologies safely and effectively in their everyday life and apply in learning.
People reflect their lives in art. Real, live art appeals to the heart and mind of every person, to
their feelings and ideals, it proclaims life.
In November 16, at school №4 held in open class in 9 th grade. The theme was “Modern Art”, which aim was to expand pupils’ knowledge about modern art.
Pupils prepared for class by themselves and presented to the class the brightest painters of modern art and their works.
Our lesson was very interesting and useful for pupils.
Halloween is a festival that takes place on October 31. This day was originally called All Hallow’s Eve because it fell on the eve of All Saints’ Day. According to old beliefs Halloween is the time, when the veil between the living and the dead is lifted, and witches, ghosts and other supernatural beings appear.
Many Halloween customs are based on beliefs of the ancient Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in what is now Great Britain, Ireland and Northern France. Every year the Celts celebrated the Druid festival of Samhain, Lord of the Dead and the Prince of Darkness. It fell on October 31, the eve of the Druid New year. The Celts believed that on this night Samhain allowed the souls of the dead to return to their homes as witches, goblins, black cats or in other weird form. It was believed that evil spirits played tricks on October 31.
Now children dress up as ghosts and witches, go from house to house and say: Trick or treat, smell our feet. We want something good to eat.
Photo Journalism Class in Yerevan
Photo Journalism classes for Yerevan School Councils organized by Media Education Center July 1 – July 4, 2011 in the capital of Armenia in frames of Speaking for Myself project. 40 children, members of 6 school councils, gathered at the Moscow House Gallery, where the exhibition of a prominent Armenian artist Samvel Sevada’s works was held. The exhibition, organized by the Armenian Artists’ Union, was unveiled on July 1, 2011. The EU-funded ‘Speaking for Myself project is implemented by Mission East, Bridge of Hope in partnership with Media Education Center, Internews Armenia and School for Young leaders. See Photos…
Test your leadership skills by playing a computer game. Become President Interactive Game designed for middle and high school children with support of the Great Britain Embassy in Armenia is available for downloading. To become a president a player needs to demonstrate a considerable amount of knowledge successfully passing a pre-electoral campaign. Familiarizing the young players with the complex process of becoming a president, the game fosters responsibility and democratic values. You can download the game here.
In frames of Speaking for Myself project a photography master class is conducted in the Ijevan city of Armenia’s Tavush region by a prominent Armenian artist Samvel Sevada. 21 children, members of Ijevan school councils, gather at the Ijevan City Gallery where the exhibition of Samvel Sevada’s 109 art works is held. The exhibition was unveiled earlier in the morning by the Governor of Tavush region Armen Ghularyan. The EU-funded ‘Speaking for Myself project is implemented by Mission East, Bridge of Hope in partnership with Media Education Center, Internews Armenia and School
In frames of EU-funded ‘Speaking for Myself’ project Media Education Center conducts Media and Internet Literacytrainings for teachers and students of 31 secondary schools in the capital city andregions. The project is aimed to facilitate children’s participation in decision making and advocacy from local to international platforms and across different media forms. Trainees learn how to access sources, interact, search, use WEB-2 networks: blog and video blog networks, news sources, wiki systems, social networks and homepages. Media trainings focus on journalism, digital photography, writing, filming, self-editing, radio and television are designed to help children gain essential knowledge and skills to speak for themselves, protect and promote their rights, and voice their opinions on issues related to them and their lives. Read more in school blogs and web-sites, created in frames of the project
20 simultaneous workshops on Internet Literacy held on April 6, 2011 in Armenia’s 20 secondary schools in frames of Speaking for Myself EU-funded project. Workshops were coordinated by teachers who successfully passed Media Literacy trainings in Yerevan and Tavush region. Over 300 children between 11 and 17 discussed e-safety rules, asked questions about on-line privacy and security issues they face while using blogs, chat rooms and social networks. For the first time teachers wrote stories about safe and responsible usage of digital technologies in their school web-sites and blogs, newly-created in frames of the project. They suggested own strategies on how to make the Internet safer and secure place for youngsters. Read their stories below.
EU-funded ‘Speaking for Myself’ project is implemented by Mission East, Brifge of Hope in partnership with Media Education Center and Internews Armenia. In frames of the project Media Education Center conducts Media and Internet Literacy trainings for Armenia’s 31 secondary schools. Teachers and students acquire hands-on experience in photography & publishing, learn how to access sources, interact, use WEB-2: blog and video blog networks, news sources & social networks. See Photostream of the Project…