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School №20 after John Kirakossian (formerly called after Dzerzhinski) was founded in 1943. Due to the harsh years of the First Karabakh War, an economic-energy crisis in the newly independent Armenia in the 1990’s, and consequential significant funding cuts, the condition of buildings and property belonging to public schools have been subjected to severe degradation. By 2011, there were only 430 pupils studying at School #20, whereas former years had an expected capacity of over 2,000 pupils.

In 2011, several  graduates of the school founded the School №20 Foundation to undertake its reconstruction and renovation, including the introduction of new classroom technologies to bring the school in line with modern standards and make it a desirable place to study.

All three school campuses were interior designed and completely renovated. Effective security systems, ventilation systems, as well as air conditioning and heating systems were installed; new flooring and renovation-reconstruction of the interior design took place, which included the walls, windows, interior decoration and furnishing of the classrooms, jalousie, sports hall and assembly hall furnishings and equipment. Computers were also provided to the school. The Virtual School was established and software introduced with an instructor from Russia to train the teachers to use the new touch-screen classroom technology.

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Dear Visitor,

We are glad you are interested in the activities of the IDeA Foundation.

On this platform, you can learn about two-decades long thought, passion, commitment and hard work — all in pursuit of a more prosperous Armenia. The road has been long and reflections many. But we managed to achieve to a point where our work has left its mark on the lives of millions of people and we are really proud of it.

Our accomplishments are the fruit of a collective effort by hundreds of thousands of promoters and volunteers, tens of thousands of donors and supporters, hundreds of colleagues and dozens of founding partners. Together, we have shown what wonderous things can be achieved when people strive for realization of a common goal.

Allow our family, who was lucky enough to witness these remarkable achievements from the beginning, to express our sincere gratitude to numerous wonderful, caring, purposeful people and organizations that made all these achievements possible. We have the honor to present their successes and express our gratitude to them.

We have tried to present the key landmarks of our journey to a brighter Armenia, to chart the lessons learned, and some of the new approaches and initiatives they have forged — the 700 projects over the last 20 years.

We hope that learning about these works will be as pleasant for you as it is for us to tell about them.

But, more importantly, we would like to see you among those Armenians who will continue this path together with us in the future.

If a single community of like-minded people working towards the realization of a common vision of the future can achieve such a result, imagine what kind of changes can be made if the efforts of the entire nation were directed towards creation. Together we can dream.

And, together, we can make our dreams come true.

Thank You,

Ruben Vardanyan and Veronika Zonabend