“Taking firm steps forward”
In 2020, during the devastating war in Nagorno Karabakh, Armenians living in the diaspora joined their efforts to deliver humanitarian aid to the most affected communities. In response to the tremendous challenges posed by the recent pandemics and war, a group of active individuals in the Netherlands mobilized their efforts around the mission of strengthening the human capital and established Hay-Invicta Non-Governmental organization.
“A dull mind gets bored easily. A curious mind expands forever.” ― Maxime Lagacé
In line with its mission, Hay-Invicta team supported the establishment of Pontem-Laboratories; a not-for-profit learning center for High Technologies in Armenia. The Pontem-Laboratories works towards developing the career prospects for vulnerable populations by delivering high quality didactic programs.
“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”
― Albert Einstein
The high tech sector is one of the fastest growing markets in Armenia. However, people with disabilities (PWD) are often excluded from labor participation in this sector. Such exclusion leads to a tremendous loss of intellectual potential as an estimated 6.2% of the Armenian population lives with disabilities and only 18.8% of PWDs receive secondary education which is a precondition for accessing higher education (bachelors and master’s degrees) where ICT training is provided. Such exclusion can be partially attributed to the low access to quality education and stigma around disabilities. The recent war in Nagorno Karabakh undoubtedly exacerbated the situation. On May 31 2021, Hay-Invicta NGO in collaboration with Pontem-Laboratories commenced a one year didactic program for PWDs. At the completion of the program, the students will be fully prepared to directly enter the job market. The project team will actively work on connecting the students with the employers to ensure a fast entry into the job market.