AMAA’s Avedisian School in Yerevan Hosts TEDxYerevan Salon Event

TEDx2With the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Armenia, the TEDxYerevan Team organized a salon event in Armenia on March 7th in the auditorium of AMAA’s new Khoren and Shooshanig Avedisian School and Community Center in Yerevan.

As the guests walked toward the School, they immediately appreciated the modern structure and its design and layout. The Avedisian School student volunteers eagerly awaited, to help and answer questions in their well-spoken English, and gave the guests a quick tour of the “green school” and tell them of its efficiency. The solar panels outside and the grass covered roofs all made for a fine specimen. Room after room TEDx1the guests were amazed at the high technology in the classes and the potential to teach the upcoming generation. Chemistry labs, smart boards, projectors, computers sat ready for the upcoming week and the students who were ready to learn.

The theme of this first-time TEDx event was “Time and Space,” which focused on environmental issues facing Armenia.

International and local speakers included:  Diana Harutyunyan, Ph.D., Karen Aghababyan, Ph.D., Vardan Urutyan, Ph.D., Deputy minister for Energy and Natural Resources, Hayk Harutyunyan and Deputy Representative of UNDP in Armenia, Claire Medina as Host, with a performance by the MIHR Theater group.

The AMAA was honored to have the Avedisian School host and be a part of the world famous TEDx events. All attendees were encouraged to bring new or used books to donate to the Avedisian School Library.

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short powerful talks.  TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics.

TEDx is an independently run program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.  At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event.  To learn more about Ted programs you may visit

Founded in 1918 in Worcester, MA, the Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA) serves the religious, educational and social needs of Armenian communities around the world.  AMAA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For additional information, visit

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