On the 31st of May in 2018 in Akhalkalaki the official opening of the first ”ArMath” engineering laboratory in Georgia was solemnly held with the participation of the members of Government of RA who were in Georgia for two days official visit (from the 30th of May to the 31st of May)
In the event of the grand opening many influential Armenian politicians and public figures were present, among them were Arsen Kharatyan-the Adviser to the Prime Minister of RA Nikol Pashinyan on matters of foreign policy, Arayik Harutyunyan- the Minister of Education and Science of RA, Mkhitar Hayrapetyan -the Minister of Diaspora of RA, Lilit Makunts- the Minister of Culture of RA, Sos Sahakyan -the President of Board of Trustees, an Executive Department and Members of Board of Trustees of Support to Javakheti Foundation, the Leadership of Union of Information Technology Enterprises, headed by the Executive Director Karen Vardanyan, the Benefactor of ArMath-Akhalkalaki Avetis Baloyan as well as the students of the laboratory, many business development representatives, businessmen and people from the capitals and other regions of Georgia and Armenia.
Sos Sahakyan-the President of Board of Trustees of Support to Javakheti Foundation delivered a welcoming speech, congratulated attendants over the opening of the first “ArMath” engineering laboratory in Georgia, particularly, in Akhalkalaki, and emphasized that it was a historical day for Javakheti and its people. Then, he highlighted the fact that the Foundation has given rise to new projects in IT sphere and additionally similar laboratories are envisaged to be established in all regions of Javakheti.
Arayik Harutyunyan made a welcoming speech too. Stressing the importance of education in the Government’s program of RA and considering it as one of the most important factor in the development of the country, the Minister of Education welcomed the implementation of “ArMath” project in Javakheti. The minister extended thanks to the founders and initiators of the project by declaring that the project was one of the most powerful initiatives in education. In his speech, he also expressed the readiness of the Government to support the implementation of such cooperation projects collaborating with the Georgian authorities.
In his speech an Executive Director of UITE Karen Vardanyan noted that ArMath in Akhalkalaki was the first successful attempt of implementation of the project outside of RA – in different Armenian settlements of the world. He places great emphasis on the implementation of the project and the involvement of children in courses, stating that nowadays the programming and engineering are the most in-demand and fast-growing professions and that the project enables future specialists to live and work in their own homeland.
Arsen Kharatyan-the Adviser to the Prime Minister of RA Nikol Pashinyan on matters of foreign policy, delivered a congratulatory speech in which he expressed his appreciation for the activity of the Foundation since its establishment and mentioned that the Foundation had a properly elaborated mechanism of the investment and support the native Javakheti. Arsen Kharatyan also provided the assurance that the establishment of “ArMath” engineering laboratory in Akhalkalaki will deepen the Armenian-Georgian collaboration, and the students of the laboratory will have their own investment in Javakheti and in the history of humanity in general.
The project of the establishment of “ArMath” engineering laboratory in Akhalkalaki is carried out by Avetis Baloyan, who expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the Foundation and UITE for the opportunity given to children to study for modern professions.
The Executive Director of the Foundation Ashot Hakobyan gave the farewell speech where he stressed that the Foundation places great significance on investments of similar successful projects in Georgia by remaining faithful to its mission of fostering the development of various spheres of social and economic life in Samtskhe- Javakheti and Kvemo Kartli regions in Georgia, as well as contributing to the Armenian-Georgian collaboration. He emphasized that “ArMath” gives entry to a vast range of occupations leading in many career directions thus helping young people determine what jobs they are best suited to and till 2020 the Foundation plans to open a minimum of twenty “ArMath” engineering laboratories in the above-mentioned regions of Georgia.
Traditionally, the students of the laboratory cut the red tape of the doors of ArMath-Akhalkalaki, after which the laboratory and its projects including the works made by the students were introduced to the guests. In Georgia, the project ArMath has also been designed in the Georgian language for the Georgian children to successfully attend the courses too.
From almost a hundred and sixty children registered in the ArMath-Akhalkalaki laboratory, a hundred and fifteen of them already attend the courses of laboratory. In the laboratory, the students gain proper knowledge and learn all the necessary skills of the programming, contemporary engineering and robotics. At the same time, ArMath is an innovative framework for self-development and informal education. With the help of the investments and parallel education system, the laboratory serves as a basis for the increase of economic growth and the improvement of economic in IT sphere of the region.