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Abovyan, Armenia

  • City population: 
    46,900
  • City/Urban area: 
    11
  • Population Density: 
    More than 500 inhabitants per km²
  • GDP - country: 
    USD$ 3,489
  • Average number of years of schooling: 
    9

Lifelong Learning for rebuilding the community

Abovyan was founded during the Soviet era in 1963, and is therefore is one of the youngest cities in Armenia.

Vision and Motivation

Abovyan has adopted the principles of some of the most successful international cities in the world in order to become an attractive, welcoming community for its inhabitants. Being a member city of the UNESCO GNLC will help us share our cultural and educational diversities with other members, and will enable Abovyan to develop close ties with other cities worldwide, thus contributing to globalization and the partnership of nations.

Challenges and Goals

The challenges that faced the whole of Armenia after the Soviet collapse affected Abovyan as well; these included:

  • unemployment
  • low wages
  • old buildings requiring renovation
  • lack of highly skilled specialists
  • the challenge of integrating new technologies
  • lack of a manufacturing system
  • problems with internal irrigation systems

Plan and Implementation

Strengthened bonds between citizens and the local government are essential for poverty reduction and environmental protection as well as for progress in all learning city areas.

The basis of Abovyan’s learning city initiative is a high-quality, comprehensive learning strategy. To implement this, Abovyan intends to:

  • promote inclusive learning in all basic educational learning centres
  • invest in primary and secondary schools, with novice course models to stimulate new foresight
  • further develop several educational non-standard centres where the city can foster international and professional cooperation
  • increase citizen participation
  • implement modern technologies into everyday life.

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