Slaughterhouse veterinarians were awarded training certificates

On 16th of September, 2020, at 11:00 am, the awarding ceremony for participants who successfully passed the training of slaughterhouse veterinary-experts took place in the big hall of ANAU.

The training for slaughterhouse veterinarians was organized by the initiative of the RA Food Safety Inspection Body, with the support of “Livestock Development in the South of Armenia” project implemented by  “Strategic Development Agency” NGO, and funded by “Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation’’. The training was organized through the online “Moodle’’ system provided by the National Agrarian University of Armenia.

The aim of the training was to provide trained specialists to all slaughterhouses starting their moderation from 1st of July.

The training of slaughterhouse veterinarians started on June 8, 2020 and ended on August 25. During the first 5 weeks of the training, the participating veterinarians gained theoretical knowledge, and during the last week, they strengthened their knowledge through on-job trainings in slaughterhouses and laboratories.

123 specialists participated in the theoretical online training course for slaughterhouse veterinary-experts.  67 specialists who successfully completed the theoretical and practical courses received a certificate of veterinary expert.

 

The Awareness Raising Campaign on “Benefits of Sustainable Pasture Management” in Syunik and Vayots Dzor Regions of RA is over

On 8th of September, the awareness-raising campaign under the slogan “Let’s preserve our pasture to protect the future of our children” on the benefits of sustainable pasture management launched on June 12, 2020, by 12 enlarged communities of Syunik and Vayots Dzor Regions, has been ended.

The awareness-raising campaign was organized in frames of “Livestock Development in the South of Armenia project, implemented by Strategic Development Agency NGO (SDA) and funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

Due to the spread of new Coronavirus infection, the awareness raising campaign was conducted mainly through social media online platforms and media organizations.

The campaign aimed to create the culture of environmental protection, reasonable and safe use of natural resources, in particular the pastures among the local population.

The program team of Strategic Development Agency NGO provided technical assistance to the relevant staff of Syunik and Vayots Dzor regions’ enlarged communities to develop texts and visual materials in the framework of the campaign.

During three months 40 text/photo posts, 3 video posts have been published on their Facebook or website pages. During the awareness raising campaign, a drawing contest for children entitled “My Pasture” has been launched in 12 enlarged communities in Syunik and Vayots Dzor Regions of RA. The main goal of the contest was to increase children’s interest and knowledge about pasture conservation, as well as to raise responsibility towards the environment.

To reach people who do not use social media and increase efficiency of campaign, informative flyers on two topics – “Advantages of Sustainable Pasture Management” and “Production of Fodder Crops in the conditions of climate change” have been developed and distributed.

In addition to this, a reportage about benefits of pasture management in Sisian community was developed and broadcasted on a regional TV channel.

 

A drawing contest for children entitled “MY PASTURE” is over, the winners received prizes

From July 8 to August 7, 12 communities of Syunik and Vayots Dzor marzes of RA organized a drawing contest for the children entitled “MY PASTURE”, which was aimed at raising children’s interest in the environment, particularly in pastures protection. An attempt was made to identify the existing issues and possible solutions in this field through the children’s point of view. The drawing contest was held in the framework of the “Advantages of Sustainable Pasture Management” awareness-raising campaign.

Awareness-raising campaign was supported by “Livestock Development in the South of Armenia” project implemented by Strategic Development Agency NGO and financed by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

195 children at the age of 7-14 from Areni, Gladzor, Yeghegis, Vayk, Zaritap, Jermuk communities of Vayots Dzor and Gorayk, Sisian, Goris, Tat, Kapan communities of Syunik marz took part in the contest and submitted more than 240 drawings which went through a stage of professional selection by the formed beforehand in each community independent jury, consisting of the municipality representatives, representatives of educational institutions and NGOs. More than 100 children received prizes.

From August 24 to 28, the municipalities organized the award ceremony, during which 26 out of participating children (14 girls and 8 boys) received certificates and various prizes – smartwatches, backpacks, educational games, and 82 children received the encouraging awards (drawing supplies). 

The selected pictures will be shown in the municipalities. 

The fourth meeting of the Stakeholder Dialogue Platform was conducted

On 26-27 August, 2020, the fourth meeting of the Stakeholder Dialogue Platform was conducted by Strategic Development Agency NGO in close cooperation with RA Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport (MoESCS) within the framework of European Union funded “Promoting partnerships for effective work-based learning opportunities in VET” project. The meeting was aimed at coordination of projects being implemented, experience exchange and specification of further activities.

The meeting involved representatives from the following organizations/institutions: RA Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport, RA Ministry of Environment, National Center for VET Development, European Training Foundation, GIZ Armenia, Global Developments Fund, German Mecklenburg-Vorpommernia Federal Regional Economics Training Center, British Council Armenia, “People in Need” NGO, World Vision Armenia, “Ferti” NGO.

The training for trainers was organized on “Milk Acceptance and Processing, Lori and Chanakh Cheese Making Technology”

On August 21th, 2020, training for trainers (ToT) was organized at the Ibis Hotel in Yerevan within the framework of the “Promoting Partnerships for Effective Work-based Learning Opportunities in VET” project implementing by the Strategic Development Agency (SDA) NGO with the financial support of the European Union. The ToT was attended by the project partner host companies’ mentors and VET teachers from State Agricultural Colleges of Stepanavan and Goris, Syunik and Lori marzes of the RA. During the ToT, the participants gained information on the work-based learning tools and methods for conducting/organizing a “Milk Acceptance and Processing, Lori and Chanakh Cheese Making Technology” short-term training course in the classroom and on-job.