ArmInfo.In Armenia, UNICEF and Ameriabank joined forces so that children can continue their education during the coronavirus pandemic. As the press service of the bank told ArmInfo, Ameriabank donated 10 million drams to UNICEF to ensure the continuity of the educational process for vulnerable groups of children.
According to the source, these funds allowed UNICEF to buy 112 tablets for children that meet the technical standards of the RA Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture.
"We are pleased that we were able to provide the Ministry with 112 tablets designed for a vulnerable group of children who are not able to participate in distance learning. We know that the need is much greater, and we continue to work in this direction to support children and enable them to receive education and be enriched with knowledge, "said Tania Radochaya, UNICEF representative in Armenia, expressing gratitude to Ameriabank for its prompt response to the appeal to raise funds.
"Education is one of the main areas and driving force of the economy. Ameriabank, attaching importance to the role of education in the development of society and the economy of the country, willingly joined the initiative of UNICEF Armenia. By investing in the knowledge of the child today, we provide a further prosperous future," the Director General Ameriabank Director Artak Anesyan.
Schools are temporarily closed in connection with the COVID-19 epidemic, both in Armenia and around the world. Children continue to receive education through remote channels, such as broadcasting lessons on television, on YouTube or through online distance learning. The organization of distance learning these days has become a challenge for many children and families, because they need telecommunication facilities and / or do not have Internet access.
It should be noted that since March 16, as part of measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, a State of Emergency (PE) has been introduced, which will last until May 14 inclusive. In this regard, some types of activities in the first month of the emergency were temporarily banned (including restaurants, cafes, bars, casinos, hotels, canteens, retail facilities and industries not related to food and medical products), which was partially lifted during the second half of April. As part of the ban, public transport (including the metro) was suspended in the republic and the movement of other vehicles was restricted, and international aviation, rail and bus services were limited. With the introduction of a state of emergency, the educational process, especially in schools, was transferred to distance learning channels. REFERENCE: UNICEF, based on 70 years of international experience and 25 years of success for the children of Armenia, is committed to improving the lives of the most vulnerable groups of children living in poverty and isolation. Since its inception, UNICEF has been fully funded by voluntary contributions from individuals, the private sector, foundations and governments.
Ameriabank has been operating since October 31, 1996. This is a universal bank that provides investment, corporate and retail banking services in the form of a comprehensive package of banking solutions. On January 1, 2020, the shareholders of the bank are Ameria Group CY Ltd. - 56.47%, EBRD - 17.76%, Asian Development Bank - 13.94%, ESPS Holding Limited - 11.83%