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Armenians Try to Fight Child Abuse in Special Needs Schools

The academic year is getting underway in Armenia amid efforts by administrators and non-governmental activists to overhaul the way the state’s 24 special-needs schools operate. The reform initiative comes in the aftermath of a sexual abuse scandal at one of the schools in Yerevan.

Authorities have established a monitoring group that aims to prevent a recurrence of what happened at School # 11, a state-funded boarding school for physically and mentally handicapped children in Yerevan’s Nubarashen District. Last May, a literature teacher at the school, Levon Avagian, received a two-year sentence following a sexual abuse conviction. An appeals court in early August added another year to the 59-year-old Avagian’s prison term. [For background see EurasiaNet’s archive].

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Gayane Abrahamyan is a reporter for ArmeniaNow.com in Yerevan.

Armenians Try to Fight Child Abuse in Special Needs Schools

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