Armenian Lifelong Learning League

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 “Armenian Lifelong Learning League” is a union of legal entities and an umbrella for 10 non-profit organizations experienced in education and training. The League recognizes internationally acknowledged value of Lifelong Learning (LLL), which encompasses learning at all ages and includes formal, non-formal and informal learning, and prioritises the role of learning throughout life for sustainable development of civil society. Its overarching goal is to support the formation of a learning society in Armenia by means of developing coherent LLL system focused on employability/adaptability, personal fulfillment, active citizenship and social inclusion. The League seeks excellence and perfection and is guided by such fundamental values as democracy, transparency, responsibility, resilience and congruence with its adopted mission.
The Mission of the League is to support the formation and sustainable development of efficient LLL system for the sake of continuous personal, civic and professional development of an individual.
Based on its mission and institutional resources, the League seeks to:
• Raise general awareness about the role, importance and opportunities of LLL in Armenia.
• Continuously improve LLL strategy, policy and legislation in Armenia
• Develop human resources/human capital in the field of LLL
• Increase institutional capacities through advocacy and promotion of the League and its members
• Integrate into ongoing and prospective local, regional and international networks and processes through effective collaboration with various stakeholders in the field of LLL
The distinctive features of the League are:
• Diversity of members’ activities, practices, skills and competences;
• Ability to recognize existing LLL needs in Armenia
• Dedication to common LLL goals of the League
• Availability of social capital of each of the members and their involvement in professional networks.
Diversity and high level of professionalism of the League’s member organizations and their staff in the field as well as their motivation and mutual confidence are considered as impetus for the development of LLL field in Armenia. Institutional collaboration with representatives of the state, private sector and civil society can also contribute to the improvement of the field.

Samvel Karabekyan President of the League since April 2014. He has more than 20 years of experience in the field of higher education with special focus on the development of Higher Education Reforms and Quality Assurance under the Bologna Process. Since 1984 till now Mr. Karabekyan is lecturing at the Department of Arabic Studies, Yerevan State University. In 1992-2008 he was the Chair of the Department. Since 2009 Mr Karabekyan teaches masters students of the Department of Education Management and Administration at Yerevan State Linguistic University after V. Bryusov. In 2006-2008 he held the position of the Head of Division of University Education Development at Yerevan State University, and coordinated all activities related to the transformation of the educational system according to the Bologna requirements. It’s been 6 years that Mr Karabekyan is the member of Higher Education Reform Experts group (HERE) coordinated by the National Tempus/Erasmus+ Office in Armenia. Since 2012 he is the Senior Expert on education at the EU Centre in Armenia. Mr Karabekyan is author to many articles and methodological guides related to education reforms in Armenia.

Gayane Ghukasyan Vice President of Armenian Lifelong League Council since April 2012. She is working for the Yerevan State University since 1979 ( Departments of Biology and Psychology). Ms Ghukasyan received her PhD in Biology from the Moscow State University and Master in Educational Administration and Supervision from University of Nebraska at Omaha (USA). She had an internship in the area of Education Administration in Columbia University in New York City and participated in numerous international trainings and conferences (“ICAE Academy on Lifelong Learning Advocacy”, Uruguay, “Summer Academy for Adult Educators from South Caucasus”, Georgia, “Educational Policy Analysis” Course, Central European University, Budapest, Education Meeting and Evaluation Training, Istanbul, Turkey, etc.). Ms Ghukasyan is also the President of the NGO “Scientific and Educational Center for National Development” since 2000, which is one of the founding members of Armenian Lifelong Learning League. As an NGO member she has organized and directed more than 10 educational Lifelong learning programs devoted to: ” Bologna Process, Ecology, Anti-corruption Education, Vocational Education etc. Moreover, she actively collaborated with the other NGO-s ( with the NGO ” Education without Borders” in the area of Civic Education”, with DVV-International in the area of Art Education). Since 2008 she is also the Head of the Republican Committee on Biology Olympiad and National Coordinator of International Biology Olympiad.
Ms. Ghukasyan is the author of several articles and books in the areas of Biology and Educational Policy. In 2012 she was awarded by the Memorial Medal of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia for outstanding input in the Armenian Education and Science.

Edith Soghomonyan Coordinator of Armenian Lifelong Learning League since 2013. In 2012 she completed Erasmus Mundus master’s programme in “Lifelong Learning Policy and Management” and received her European double degree in LLL from the Institute of Education (IoE), University of London (UK) and the University of Deusto (Spain). Ms Soghomonyan’s main interests fall within cross cutting areas of education management, lifelong learning policy, organisational learning and educational leadership. Edith Soghomonyan has over 7 years of work experience in capacity building, project management, non-formal education and leadership. She has participated in a number of EC, CoE, Unesco trainings and symposia on recognition and validation of non-formal learning as well as presented academic papers on comparative perspectives of LLL policies in Europe and beyond at a number of international conferences (National University of Ireland-Maynooth, Durham University, LLAKES Research Center of IoE, University of Bristol, etc.). In frames of ENPI project “Lifelong learning in the countries of Eastern Partnership: the LLL culture, policies and public awareness” in 2013 Ms Soghomonyan co-authored a national baseline study on LLL policy and practice in the Republic of Armenia.

Website: www.armlll.org