Ingrida Šimonytė, Lithuania’s Prime Minister’s Visit to TUMO Yerevan

Ingrida Šimonytė, Lithuania’s Prime Minister’s Visit to TUMO Yerevan

When official delegations from various countries visit Armenia — whether on educational, cultural, or collaboration initiatives — a visit to TUMO headquarters in Yerevan is often on the itinerary and tours like the following are a common sight at the center.

On October 19, we were happy to host Ingrida Šimonytė, Prime Minister of Lithuania, Armenia’s Minister of High-Tech Industries Robert Khachatryan, and the ambassadors of Armenia and Lithuania in both countries, H.E. Mr. Hovhannes Igityan and H.E. Mr. Andrius Pulokas. Our esteemed guests were accompanied by a delegation of colleagues and guided through the TUMO experience by its founders and management with a tour around the center.

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After an introduction to how the unique TUMO educational program works, what makes it different from other programs and pedagogies, and what’s made it so successful worldwide, the Prime Minister also got familiar with student experience on a more personal level. TUMOian Narek Harutyunyan gave his first-hand accounts of a day in the life of a TUMO student and the Prime Minister even took a peek into “Path” — every TUMO student’s dynamic, adaptive, and personalized TUMO curriculum (a software designed in-house).

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After Narek shared some more insight into how the skills received at TUMO trickle into the rest of students’ lives, the Prime Minister said,

“I’m not surprised TUMO students excel in mathematics in their regular schools. Even though you don’t teach math directly, when students realize they can overcome challenges by completing projects here, that empowers them, and previously difficult topics become accessible to them.”

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The party later sat down to discuss more of the unique cogs in the innovative TUMO machine and the experiences of its adaptation in international TUMO centers. Our guests expressed sincere admiration for the visible impact that TUMO has on students thanks to a pedagogy that is built on independent self-learning and real-life, project-based workshops.

We hope to have inspired our guests and look forward to continuing to discuss how the TUMO model can fit into the educational landscape in Lithuania.