On 26 April, 2017, UN House in Yerevan, Armenia will host a culminating event for students and teachers who participated in Mission Possible, a global citizenship education program for high school students launched and implemented in Armenia by the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) in partnership with the Armenian United Nations Association (AUNA). The event will be organized with AUNA’s partner UN DPI Informational office in Yerevan.
Mission Possible launched in five schools in Yerevan in September 2016.Since then, 84 Mission Possible students learned about the United Nations Sustainable DevelopmentGoals (SDGs) and applied project management training to design projects to address one of the SDGs, such as Quality Education (Goal 4), Responsible Consumption and Production (Goal 12), and Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (Goal 16).
Students received guidance and support from 9 Faculty Advisors and Ms. Nonna Hovhannisyan, the Mission Possible National Program Coordinator based in Yerevan. Ms. Hovhannisyan reflected on her experience, saying, “During the Mission Possible program I encountered intelligent, creative and enthusiastic high school students, who, despite their young age, are already mature enough to face global challenges, analyze them and take cooperative actions to address them. It was a pleasure to know these students, follow and support their project developments and witness their outstanding achievements.”
At the culminating event, students will tell their journey of becoming “Agents of Change” and share the results of 12 community-based projects addressing a range of SDGs and issues. Paper recycling initiatives, awareness campaigns for more green public spaces, tutoring and mentoring programs for children, and the establishment of student government bodies are among the many impactful projects undertaken by Mission Possible students this year. The event will also provide students and teachers with the opportunity to celebrate their achievements, exchange ideas, and lay the groundwork for future collaboration.
Mission Possible student, Knar Ohanjanyan, shared, “It was an incredible experience to participate in Mission Possible, because I gained experience in making projects, understood all my mistakes that I had made before, and I made a good partnership with my friends. Me and Aram [a fellow team member] had tried to do the same project at school before, but due to our mistakes, it did not work. Now we know how we need to start and develop a project. I’m very happy that our team made its contribution in sustainable development and now at our school people know that recycling of paper is an important thing.”
The Mission Possible program in Armenia was made possiblethrough the generous support of the United Nations Academic Impact – Korea and Human in Love.
Visit the WFUNA website to learn more about the Mission Possible program: http://www.wfuna.org/mission-possible.
For more information, please, contact Armenian United Nations Association at: +374 (10) 565595.