The Centre for European Studies of the Yerevan State University and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung on April 26th organized an event on Education in Emergency celebrating the launch of the Education Preparedness Index in the COVID-19/EPIC/ book.
The event started with welcome speeches, where Dr. Vladimir Martirosyan, Director of the Centre for European Studies addressed his speech highlighting the crucial importance of research in crisis times. He expressed his hope that the education systems will be more prepared to tackle the crisis with the help of the tools that were developed within the research.
Dr Stephan Malerius, Director of the Regional Program “Political Dialogue South Caucasus” at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in his welcoming speech stressed the importance of long-lasting collaboration with the CES and the fruitful outcomes of the academic collaboration.
The methodology and results reflected in EPIC research were presented by co-authors authors Arusyak Aleksanyan, Mariam Muradyan, and research expert Anna Malkhasyan. The speakers presented to the audience the Education Preparedness Index in Emergency methodology and situations, as well as Armenia’s case report and the results. The research presentation was followed by an expert panel discussion on education in an emergency where panelists – Anush Lalazaryan, Head of the Division of Preschool and Extracurricular Education Policy-Making and Analysis, Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport, Lilit Mkrtchyan, Head of Educational Innovations and Research Department, NCEDI Foundation and Marina Galstyan, Founder/Director of the Center for Education Research and Consulting, debated about challenges and opportunities for education in emergency situations, availability of research tools existing in the field, skills, and knowledge. The event was moderated by CES Alumna, Serine Avetisyan.