“Actors of Change! Fostering Student Activism in Armenia” project is a combination of different capacity building activities, events, campaigns, local actions and policy debates based on “nothing about us, without us” approach. Through the project and cooperation with partners in V4 countries, we aim to create an independent, alternative and safe student space, where great ideas are born and transformed into actions. Through an exchange of knowledge, practices and hands-on experiences between students, academic staff, young professionals and experts from Armenia and V4 countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia), we aim at promoting public demand for quality education among students by building their leadership capacities and mobilizing around the issues of education. Given the ongoing reform of the higher education system, there is a need to mobilize the education community against the deteriorating quality of education and to support informed youth participation. More concretely, the project will create a community of like-minded people in Armenia and partner V4 countries, who will continue learning, sharing, struggling and achieving together, while also supporting each other regularly to improve the higher education institutions in which they are involved. The intention of the project is, on the one hand, to promote a public discourse and demand of quality education, and on the other hand, to generate small groups of active students – young people with enthusiasm, leadership skills and the willingness to make lasting changes in the area of higher education.
The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.