Artsni community is located in the Lori region of Armenia. This region is situated in the north of the country and comprises of former Tumanian, Tashir, Stepanavan, Gugark and Spitak districts. The region occupies 3,789 km2 (around 12.7%) of the territory of Armenia. There are eight urban and 105 rural communities in the province. The administrative center of the region – Vanadzor, is located at a distance of 125 km from Yerevan. The total population of the region is 282,100 people, out of which Artsni community has 298 inhabitants.
In 1989, Artsni (at that time Kzldash, a mostly Azeri populated community) was populated by refugees from various regions of Karabakh (mostly Getashen) and Azerbaijan, as well as Armenians who voluntarily arrived from various regions of Georgia. The community was renamed Artsni in 1991. The distance from Yerevan is about 195km, from Vanadzor, the regional center – 62km, and from state border – 0.4km. The altitude above sea level is 1,630-1,700m.
Artsni village is located in the North of Lori region. The distance between Artsni village and Yerevan is 195 km. It is 62 km far from Vanadzor and is only 400 meters away from the state border with Georgia. Currently, 300 people reside in this village, mostly refugees from Azerbaijan.
The community school was built in 1978 and currently has about 60 schoolchildren including eight children from Apaven community also attending this school (Apaven lacks a functional school facility and the children of the village walk about three kilometers to reach Artsni school). The school is a two-storied building consisting of three blocks. The kitchen, the gym, the reception hall and several administrative rooms are located in the central block with total area of 1235 m2. Classrooms are located in two other blocks with total area of 800 m2 each.
Due to not being upgraded and refurbished for a long period of time, the school was fully dilapidated. The roof of the building needed to be repaired. Leakage caused continuous dilapidation inside the premises. There were no functioning sanitary units installed in the building – the school had to use an external lavatory. Another problem was the lack of heating system. Classes were held in cold classrooms for about 7 months - from late fall to late spring (this part of Lori is considered one of the colder parts of Armenia with a long and severe winter and short summer). Moreover, most windows were broken and the doors were old. The power supply system needed to be replaced as well.
Within this project the right wing of the school and a section of the central section have been entirely renovated and the surrounding area has been upgraded. The building has been undergone profound re-planning to ensure the optimal use of space, which will facilitate the subsequent maintenance and heating of the facility. Consequently the children from both communities will start the new academic year in a comfortable and newly renovated school facility.
Donor: India Government