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I am fundraising on behalf of an Armenian friend and a co-year who is trying to pay for part his UWCD tuitions fees and is unable to open a fundraising account in Armenia.
After 1 year at the Mahindra United World College of India, I was called to serve in the Armenian army and had to stop my education. Two years later, I was granted the opportunity to finalize my International Baccalaureate Diploma at UWC Dilijan College. I worked extremely hard to make-up for two years without school; finally I managed to complete the IB Diploma requirements and secure a place at University. However, I have a debt towards the College that my family cannot support. Please consider helping me pay the outstanding amount of my school fees.
My name is Vazgen Ananyan, I’m a 21-year-old Armenian student at UWC Dilijan International School. “United World Colleges (UWC) is a network of 18 schools in different countries which aims to unite people, nations, and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. In UWC Dilijan we have more than 200 students from 80 countries living and studying together.
Ever since I was a child, I have been dreaming of having an education that will help me understand today's world through a global lens, and overcome modern challenges. My journey began when I was accepted at UWC Mahindra College in India in 2016. During my year in India, I used every opportunity that came my way to learn and explore the world and myself. I managed to immerse myself in Indian culture, learn conversational Hindi, and fall in love with the country.
After a year of an amazing experience, the Armenian government cancelled my deferment from military service and required me to join it immediately. My friends launched an online campaign to protest against this decision but to no avail. In two soul-destroying days, I went from being an international student in an Indian boarding school to a soldier serving in a zone of conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, called Nagorno Karabakh.
In a way, this service helped me build a strong character, understand what conflict means, and changed me as a person. I became more responsible, my work ethic improved and it made me even more conscious of how important it was to create a society based on peace. On the other hand, I was losing my academic abilities, which were surely crucial to my success in helping to create a peaceful society. This goal motivated me to fight this and I started reading as many books as I could find. I challenged myself by creating an academic environment in the most non-academic place which has helped me to pass through to toughest challenges and remain the same person.
I finished my service in the summer of 2019 with a rank of "junior sergeant" and 3 awards. I came back with a clear idea in my mind; I would do everything in my power to continue my education. They say fortune smiles the brave, and I believe it's my case. The unexpected meeting with a UWC Dilijan staff member ultimately gave a new hope for finally completing my UWC education. After a couple of meetings with the school’s administration, I officially became a member of the UWCD community. This became a great opportunity for me, a second chance to complete the education which I have been “fighting” during the last four years. Re-starting the International Baccalaureate after 2 years of serving in the army sounds impossible, but not for me. My motivation has helped me to turn my dream into a reality and do my best to fulfill it. This effort led me to be accepted to St. Olaf college in the United States, to study art and psychology in the upcoming year.
Apart from giving me the amazing chance to finish my education, UWC Dilijan gave me a scholarship to cover part of the tuition fees, but, unfortunately, it was not enough. My family's financial situation doesn’t allow me to pay the amount required. All of the savings my family had were spent on hiring a lawyer for my father who has been framed at his workplace and now faces a prison sentence.
I understand that pandemic has caused a financially tough situation for everyone but even the smallest contribution in my fundraising can be a step to prevent my family’s financial collapse and allow me to continue my education instead of dropping it for work. Donating money not only helps me and my family but also restores justice and proves that education is a universal right for everyone.