Armenia: A day in the life of a school on the border
- Before the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in the 1990s, this school in Tavush Region of Armenia had 800 students. Now there are only 200.CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC /Gohar Hakobyan
- Arthur Bejanyan studied in this school. Several years later, when the Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire agreement was signed in 1994, he entered the school again, this time as a teacher. The school is 60 years old - the same as Arthur.CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / Gohar Hakobyan
- The large building of the school is in a precarious condition, in stark contrast to the lively voices in the hallways.CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / Margherita Simona Marcia
- School students run in the corridor as the bell goes off.CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / Gohar Hakobyan
- Heating is only available in the main building. School authorities say it is more than enough as the number of students has been steadily decreasing over the past years.CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / Gohar Hakobyan
- Despite the many difficulties, Tamara Melikyan and her colleagues continue to work in the school believing that education is the most powerful force in the world.CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / Gohar Hakobyan
- There are special days to light candles and put flowers in this corner of the school to commemorate those killed in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / Gohar Hakobyan
- Janitors play a special role in the school’s life as they keep an eye on children during breaks to ensure that they do not hurt themselves. To work and live in a border village is synonymous with constant duality: stillness and tension, hope and concern, light and shadow.CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / Margherita Simona Marcia
- The janitors’ room is a mini world, which reflects the modest local customs and traditions.CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / Margherita Simona Marcia
Despite the security risks, children, living in communities along the border, between Armenia and Azerbaijan, go to school every morning.
For an outsider, their lives may appear normal, but appearances can be deceptive. It is only when one interacts with the children who attend school, or their teachers, that the gravity of the situation becomes evident.
Read about the lives of children attending one such school in Tavush Region of Armenia.
The ICRC works on both sides of the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan to help people deal with the security situation, loss of livelihood and lack of economic opportunities.