From August 26 to 28, the Ayb Educational Foundation, in cooperation with Ayb School, held an intensive training course on conducting practical laboratory classes for 60 science teachers (physics, chemistry, biology) and laboratory assistants of the Araratian Baccalaureate (AB) schools. The online theory part was followed by the two-day practical training at Ayb School where the participants obtained detailed practical knowledge on the efficient and targeted use of the new equipment provided by the government.
“The high schools have received a considerable amount of laboratory equipment and supplies, but not all the schools are ready to efficiently use them in practice. To address this issue, we initiated this intensive qualification training program with our partner schools, having received their relevant proposal and
having assessed the willingness and demand for such training. We hope that the teachers and, most importantly, our students will see the results soon. When a teacher community is strong, all the challenges are surmountable” (Sona Koshetsyan, Executive Director of Ayb Educational Foundation).
The Ayb Educational Foundation has already successfully launched 11 technologically equipped subject AybLabs in different marz schools of the republic, while introducing improved teaching methodology and equipping the educators with the necessary skills. We are interested in as many teachers and laboratory assistants as possible benefiting from this experience, particularly since this would mean a more effective use of the new state-provided laboratory equipment and thus, improved teaching and learning motivation and efficiency for these subjects.
“As always, we were pleased to host the teachers at Ayb School. Our doors are always open for our partners, even in the times of Covid. The training is highly important and relevant for our teachers” (Davit Sahakyan, Head of Ayb School).
According to Aytsemik Harutyunyan, a chemistry teacher of Vayk High School and a training participant, the school teachers have usually lacked opportunities to conduct practical activities due to the lack of equipment and materials. “The equipment is there now, but since the teachers haven’t had the chance to use their skills on a practical level for many years, they naturally need to be trained. I believe this will be quite useful for all the teachers, and they will take away better skills to be able to conduct more efficient practical activities with their students at the newly established laboratories.”
We hope that as a result of this training course, high school students will participate in new quality laboratory classes.