It is already 9 years that the ASPU Chair of Pedagogy and the Laboratory of Childhood Issues has been organizing a propaganda-competition about childhood related issues.
This year, the competition was organised in an on-line format. 42 students from 6 Faculties of the University submitted applications for participation; 13 works aimed at parents, teachers, and society have been selected.
The Head of the Chair of Pedagogy, Professor Aida Topuzyan welcomed the participants of the competition, and called for the Committee members to stress out the importance of compliance of the context of propaganda to the topic of the submitted works, as well as to pay attention to the level of mastery of the preacher’s rhetoric speech skills to influence the audience, the ability of exciting the listeners, pedagogic thinking, and presence of the relevant vocabulary.
In their works, the students referred to the most actual issues encountered in everyday life and routine, describing them as sermons, trying to draw the attention of the grown-ups towards the issues existing in childhood and finding their solutions. According to the future pedagogues, the grown-ups should always be near their children, help them fulfill their dreams. However, in many cases the technologies are distracting parents’ attention, leaving the children without proper care. Likewise, in their speeches the students also highlighted the significance of praising children, dedicating the time to them, not humiliating them, and making friends with them. The participants of the competition are assured that children are in the target of challenges of the 21st century, and that in fact, the “unlived childhood is worse than a nightmare”.
At the end of the competition, the Committee finalized the results; the second prize was awarded to the students of the Faculty of Foreign Languages Elen Khalatyan and Armine Tatoyan, the third prize was given to the student of the Faculty of Primary Education Susanna Yeghiazaryan, to the student of the Faculty of Education Psychology and Sociology Anahit Baghdasaryan, and to student of the Faculty of Art Education Anahit Adamyan. According to the Committee, none of the works received the first prize; but they are looking forward to students’ propaganda getting more and more actual and pointing at more important issues year by year.