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Science labs for every school in Artsakh!

Give kids in Artsakh the gift of science!

Tufenkian Foundation

25,647.59

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20 Days left

Goal: 42,547.46 USD

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Goal:42,547.46 USD Purchase biology lab kits for 77 schools and chemistry lab kits for 106 schools across Artsakh!

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Vahagn Ivanyan10 days ago
50 USD
Haig and Christina Bedros12 days ago
1200 USD
David Arzuman12 days ago
1000 USD

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Donate one chemistry lab kit! 122.00 USD
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Donate one biology lab kit! 146.41 USD
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Donate one chemistry lab kit and one biology lab kit! 268.41 USD
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Donate four chemistry lab kits! 488.02 USD
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Donate four biology lab kits! 585.62 USD
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Donate six chemistry lab kits! 732.03 USD
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Donate six biology lab kits! 878.43 USD
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Donate ten chemistry lab kits! 1,220.05 USD
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Donate ten biology lab kits! 1,464.06 USD

Artsakh’s schools don’t have science lab equipment for students to experience hands-on learning in subjects like biology and chemistry. 

The Tufenkian Foundation needs your help to ensure that every school in Artsakh has the right tools for teachers to take science out of the book and into the classroom so students can learn by doing!

(NOTE: Due to the fluctuating exchange rates, the goal listed in USD may change.)

Throughout the world, educators recognize the importance of laboratory investigation as an essential method for students to learn about science. In particular, a laboratory experience that is integrated with the instructional unit can significantly enhance students’ learning experience.

Moving beyond the mostly passive experience of learning through classroom instruction or from a textbook, laboratory work helps to create a real-world association with the information being conveyed. By actively engaging the students in the learning experience, laboratory work also helps to better reach students who learn more effectively by working hands-on or collaboratively. 

Unfortunately, schools in Artsakh are under-resourced, with most having no laboratory equipment at all for students to learn about the sciences first-hand through experimentation.  

To begin to address this issue, last fall, the Tufenkian Foundation donated biology laboratory kits to all 29 schools in the Martuni region. These kits were specially designed to be integrated with the 7th-grade biology curriculum, supporting specific assignments throughout the school year. 

Some of the press coverage of the first lab distribution, which took place last September.

The kits included microscopes, slides with specimen samples, blank slides, Petri dishes, a mortar and pestle, chemical cups, and other materials.  The kits not only included equipment for the classroom but also equipment intended to be used outside the classroom where students could collect their own samples.

"The students enjoy participating in the hands-on lessons since they can see and do everything themselves. Lessons are much more interesting and enjoyable this way."
Lusine Arakelyan, Science teacher, Herher village

Initial feedback from the Martuni Regional School Administration as well as from direct feedback from the teachers and the students themselves has been overwhelmingly positive. Based on this feedback, the Tufenkian Foundation has decided to further expand the school science laboratory initiative, both geographically and by subject. 


Our campaign will provide biology and chemistry labs to every school in Artsakh!

There are two aspects to this school laboratory initiative. The first is to build upon last year's success and expand the program to distribute biology laboratory kits to the remaining 77 schools in Artsakh. Of these, there are 23 large schools that have multiple 7th-grade classes, bringing the total number of biology laboratory kits required to 120.

The second aspect is to expand the program to include chemistry laboratory kits, which can be used for 7th, 8th, and 9th-grade classes. Like the biology laboratory kits, these kits have also been designed to support the class curriculum. A total of 153 chemistry laboratory kits would be required to reach all of Artsakh’s 106 schools.

The laboratory kits will be ordered in the late spring and will be delivered to the schools at the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year.

 

The cost of outfitting the rest of the schools in Artsakh (i.e. those in Stepanakert as well as those in the Martakert, Askeran, and Shushi regions) with biology laboratory equipment for 7th-grade classwork is $17,700. The cost of outfitting all of Artsakh’s schools with chemistry laboratory equipment to support their 7th, 8th, and 9th-grade curricula is $18,800The total cost for both initiatives is $36,500.

(NOTE: The total cost of the science lab kits is 17,436,800 Armenian Drams. Due to the fluctuating exchange rates, the goal listed in USD may change.)

 

This program will reach thousands of students throughout Artsakh. Among the most important benefits of this program will be the opportunity for students to augment what they learn in the classroom with real-world, first-hand experience, perhaps facilitating a greater interest in the sciences. It also provides students who learn more effectively by doing or by working with others a chance to explore science in a way in which they can more easily process the subject matter.


Beyond the educational benefits, this program will reach into every community in Artsakh, sending the message that they are not alone and have not been forgotten and that Armenians outside of Artsakh continue to stand with them during these difficult times. 


Established in 1999, the Tufenkian Foundation addresses the most pressing social, economic, cultural, and environmental challenges facing Armenia and Artsakh. Since its inception, the Tufenkian Foundation has supported various community initiatives as well as civic activism and public advocacy campaigns to help improve life in Armenia, while providing housing, education, social, health, and livelihood support for the Armenians of Artsakh. 

The Tufenkian Foundation Stepanakert team

Our Stepanakert team has several years of on-the-ground experience in Artsakh. In 2003, we expanded our scope and mission to include Artsakh's liberated borderlands. Since the 2020 War, we have focused our efforts on the most immediate, pressing needs in Artsakh, including the development of infrastructure, education, economic development, the housing of wounded soldiers, and livelihood opportunities


The project supports the following Sustainable Development Goals

25,647.59 USD

 | Goal 42,547.46 USD
Live
|
Education

Science labs for every school in Artsakh!

Give kids in Artsakh the gift of science!

Tufenkian Foundation

25,647.59

60 %

20 Days left

Goal: 42,547.46 USD

1

Goal:42,547.46 USD Purchase biology lab kits for 77 schools and chemistry lab kits for 106 schools across Artsakh!

Donors List

Vahagn Ivanyan10 days ago
50 USD
Haig and Christina Bedros12 days ago
1200 USD
David Arzuman12 days ago
1000 USD

Rewards

reward
Donate one chemistry lab kit! 122.00 USD
reward
Donate one biology lab kit! 146.41 USD
reward
Donate one chemistry lab kit and one biology lab kit! 268.41 USD
reward
Donate four chemistry lab kits! 488.02 USD
reward
Donate four biology lab kits! 585.62 USD
reward
Donate six chemistry lab kits! 732.03 USD
reward
Donate six biology lab kits! 878.43 USD
reward
Donate ten chemistry lab kits! 1,220.05 USD
reward
Donate ten biology lab kits! 1,464.06 USD