Formerly the Dilijan Youth Centre
The Scholae Mundi of Armenia and Dilijan Development Foundation project for the support, tuition, inclusion and development of the local community began in May 2014 as a place for UWC Dilijan students and the local youth to interact.
In July 2015, a new development strategy for the centre was presented, which expanded the project’s target audience. The Community Centre’s main task consists in helping to form an empathic community (made up of long-time Dilijan residents and new arrivals alike, including students and teachers) ready to undertake combined efforts to change the local area for the better.
Specifically, the Centre helps the younger generation in receiving additional education and skills, and the older generation in more active participation in town life through community discussion of projects which develop Dilijan.
- creating on the basis of the Centre an integrated platform of open information and contemporary education;
- forming a platform for community dialogue on questions of improving quality of life in the town;
- developing long-term mechanisms of financial sustainability and independence for implementation of projects initiated by townspeople.
The Centre’s educational initiative includes language courses and art & performance studios. The Centre also provides training programmes for teenagers, women, teachers and other groups from among Dilijan’s population. The Centre also organises open lectures for townspeople, held by invited international experts and authoritative members of the local community.
At the same time, collaboration with UWC Dilijan remains an important part of the Community Centre’s programmes. For example, UWC Dilijan’s Kevin Hopkins is holding a street-art course for the children of Dilijan, and one of the CAS projects of the school’s students is a Spanish language club. The Centre has become a meeting place for students of the school and the local youth, and a platform for the discussion of new ideas, initiatives and shared problems. Therefore, conditions were created for the exchange of knowledge and experience, as well as for building mutual understanding between members of different cultures.