On Repat Armenia Foundation’s initiative, a series of meetings have been scheduled between repatriates and ministries, aiming to spotlight the issues faced by those who relocate and brainstorm viable solutions. Education on all levels is one of the most important points repatriates bring up when considering their move to Armenia.
On April 15, 2019, Repat Armenia Foundation organized a meeting with the Ministry of Education and Sciences of the Republic of Armenia, the focus group consisting of individuals from the United States, Canada, Russia, Lebanon, Syria, Iran, and around Europe. Concerns by parents of repatriate children and how to tackle integration challenges in the local education system were presented. The top issues included the possible launching of a summer school aimed at preserving Western Armenian, the necessity of extracurricular Eastern Armenian lessons, inclusive education, proper assessment of knowledge when determining grade allocation of pupils moved from other countries, as well as the choice of foreign language classes, among others.
A working group was formed, committed to establishing the link between repatriates and the Ministry of Education and Sciences through Repat Armenia, thus ensuring their involvement in education policy development. Furthermore, information dissemination across the globe was decided to take into account the presentation of integrated, contemporary approaches to education that tackle the issues discussed throughout the meeting.