Education through Arts

Out-of-school education programs are realized to satisfy the educational demands of the citizens and society. The main goal of out-of-school education in framework of each professional education level is to increase the professional qualifications of the personality. Out-of-school education is implemented in general, professional and out-of-school educational institutions and also by means of individual pedagogical activities, regulation for which is set by the Government of RA.

Access to out-of-school education and training not only provides for the education, upbringing and creative development of the child, but also helps to solve a number of equally serious social problems, such as prevention of disadvantaged children, juvenile crime and other anti-social trends among children and youth.

State support to out-of-school education and training of children in culture and art is of essential importance for development of creative capabilities of children and youth. Support for such education should be of complex and systemic nature. “Hayordats Tun” or the Armenian House of the Apostolic monastery is a key structure among educational institutions implementing art education and upbringing. In 1992, thanks to the efforts of Centre for Christian Upbringing of Ararat Patriarchic Diocese, three of many of the ex-pioneer palaces in the capital city Yerevan were reorganized into “Hayordats Tun”. And for two decades thousands of children had been receiving spiritual and aesthetic upbringing there. 

Number of students visiting all “Hayordats Tuns” totals to 3000. Children are taught in classes of different orientation such as decorative and applied arts, art and crafts, painting, singing and music, sports, computers, journalism and foreign languages. Dancing and circus classes had been recently added. Based on the education from “Hayordats Tun”, a child may easily continue his education at a university. All the students get spiritual education and upbringing as well. In the nearest future Armenian Houses will open in other regions of the country, too.

Music, painting and art schools, children and youth creative and aesthetic centers have a distinctive favorable effect on the aesthetic education and upbringing of the growing generation. Currently there are 212 active music aesthetic, arts schools, children and adolescent centers 44 of which are in Yerevan and the remaining 168 in other regions of the country. Of those in Yerevan, 12 are under administration of the Mayor’s office, 31 under city municipalities and one under RA Ministry of Education and Science. In 2008/2009 the quantity of students of music, painting and art schools, children and youth creative and aesthetic centers totaled to 37 469 students (69.8% girls), 59.8% of which were paid (72.2% girls). About one third (34.5%) took piano classes.