The EPIC index is one of the outputs of the project Enabling Learning to Happen for All Children in Emergency Crisis. The project is funded by Global Campus of Human Rights in partnership with the Right Livelihood Award Foundation. After the eruption of the global COVID-19 pandemics, the Center for European Studies of Yerevan State University, a member of the Global Campus of Human Rights as a Global Campus of Caucasus, initiated the project to facilitate and support the building of emergency resilient education systems to secure equal access to learning for every child.
This research provides a comprehensive methodology for the states and smaller entities engaged in planning, management, and delivery of compulsory education for children to assess the level of readiness and resilience in provision of education to school children. The study started at the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemics and considered the experiences of countries at a given period of online, offline and hybrid schools. It is based on international principles of the child right to education and other relevant attitudes. The proposed methodology is a set of indicators, tools, and approaches measuring and analyzing the effectiveness of education policy responses in times of crises. It is of practical use for researchers, experts, scientists, and practitioners interested in education management, child rights to education, policy making and in monitoring and evaluation.
The research group extend their special thanks to Teach for Armenia as part of the Teach for All Global Network for providing strategic support and sharing their expertise and know-how in the field of education; the external evaluators – Serob Khachatryan, Hayk Daveyan, Marine Galstyan and Angela Melchiorre for reviewing and providing their valuable feedback on the methodology of the EPIC.
Furthermore, the group express their gratitude to the reviewers Ashot Aleksanyan and Arthur Atanesyan, respectively a Professor, Doctor of Political Science, the Head of the Chair of Political Science at YSU and a Professor, Doctor of Political Science, and the Head of the Chair of Applied Sociology at YSU.
Project Manager: Mariam Muradyan
Head of the Research: Arusyak Aleksanyan
Sociologist: Anna Malkhasyan
Education Expert: Anna Arustamyan
Legal Expert: Narek Yenokyan
Economic Expert: Arayik Tsaturyan
The graphic design is Nare Harutyunyan.