Representatives of Khan Academy Armenia visited Yerevan School No. 179 to introduce educational tools and resources to the principals and vice-principals of Yerevan schools interested in the Khan platform. In cooperation with the Department of General Education of Yerevan Municipality, a meeting took place with the principals and vice-principals of ten schools willing to use Khan Academy’s website. To make the educational materials of Khan Academy accessible in the capital, Anna Stepanyan, head of the General Education Department of Yerevan Municipality, and Gayane Aramyan, head of Khan Academy Armenia, decided to start their cooperation from schools.
“The platform is entirely free and in the Armenian language, which is particularly important since many schools lack facilities. We decided to pilot the platform at schools, and some principals expressed willingness to participate in the meetings. There is a great readiness to cooperate with Khan Academy, and we hope our cooperation will expand in the future,” said Zhanna Ghardashyan, head of the School Division under the Department of General Education of Yerevan Municipality.
Gayane Aramyan gave the principals a detailed presentation on the features, tools and resources of the website for the teachers and students, along with the ways the schools can use this free platform in the Armenian language.
Principals with some user experience of Khan Academy’s website also attended the meeting. According to Inga Vardanyan, principal of Basic School No. 33, Khan Academy is of particular help for the schools and teachers specializing in inclusive education. “We have been using the Khan platform for two years already. It is particularly useful in inclusive education and individual approach. Khan Academy’s website is a handy tool for the students skipping classes due to various reasons. If a student misses school, they can watch the videos and do the assignments at home to catch up, which is highly important, in my opinion. This platform enables each child to receive education in line with their educational requirements and needs. That is why as a principal I encourage our teachers to use Khan Academy.”
Based on the discussion results, a possible training program will be outlined for the teachers of Yerevan schools. It is worth mentioning that Khan Academy has implemented a number of workshops in the border community schools in Tavush Marz and is planning similar projects for Artsakh in the future.
Khan Academy is a non-profit organization that was established in 2006 and is guided by the motto “Free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.” Online education is organized through videos at Khan Academy, giving the students the opportunity of self-study and enhancing their knowledge of different subjects through educational materials and exercises. The game elements of the platform make the educational process even more engaging.
Today, more than 60 million people from 190 countries, including students from leading international universities and schools, make use of this platform and the educational materials developed by Khan Academy. More than 30 countries localize its content, and Armenia is among them.
On the Ayb Educational Foundation’s initiative, Armenia joined the program in 2017 and has since been localizing Khan Academy’s materials, making them accessible for Armenian learners.