Access to education and equity. Live discussion

“PROBLEMS OF AVAILABILITY AND EQUALITY OF IMPLEMENTATION OF THE RIGHT TO EDUCATION IN THE GENERAL EDUCATIONAL SPHERE OF RA”

The presentation and discussion of the REASERCH

Open Society Foundations – Armenia and “Article 3” Club invite to the presentation and discussion of the preliminary findings of the “Problems of Availability and Equality of Implementation of the Right to Education in the General Education Sphere of RA” research report.

The research objective is to evaluate and identify the equality and justice issues in public education that hinder the full realization of the right to education, as well as develop alternative policy solutions in cooperation with various stakeholders.

In recent years, numerous studies held by the Armenian education system, as well as official statistics have been continuously alarming about the linkage between the level of education of the population and poverty, the lack of access to quality education for socially vulnerable families and / or rural children, especially girls.

The figures speak for themselves, and the study recorded the most profound picture of the problems and their causes:

  • During the period of 2010-2015, poverty among the population with a higher education has dropped by about 3%, while the proportion of people with elementary and lower education has increased by about 16.8%.
  • Compared to 2009 (6.8%), in 2015, the share of payments for education in general household expenditure has essentially decreased, with the costs being substantially different in urban and rural areas. In 2015 they were 2.5% and 0.7%, meanwhile in 2009 they were 8% and 3.6%.
  • During 2016/2017 academic year, 34.3% of children of families in need, got scores 9 and 10, meanwhile, in the case of the children of well-provided families, the indicator was 42.8%. In the same period, the children of the well-provided families did not score 0-5, whereas 8.7% of children of families in need received such scores.

Speakers are:

DAVID AMIRYAN – Deputy Director for Armenian Programs of Open Society Foundations

LILIT NAZARYAN Coordinator of Educational Programs in Armenia OF Open Society Foundation