Heratsi High School became a Mission Possible school in 2016.
Mission Possible students at “Heratsi” High School aimed to promote cycling as a healthier lifestyle option and install bicycle racks at their school and other schools in their community. The team collaborated with the Cycling Federation of Armenia and Children and Youth Olympic Cycling School to provide opportunities for students to learn how to cycle and actively participate in the cycling community in Armenia. Students also created a short video demonstrating how dangerous it is to cycle in the Yerevan due to a lack of bike lanes in the city and call the government to action to address this issue.
Mission Possible students at “Heratsi” High School wanted to advance SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being by ensuring that students had a space to exercise and be active at school. The school’s gym is over 50 years old and in such bad condition that students cannot exercise or engage in physical education activities in the space. The students began by developing an estimated budget to renovate the whole gym and have reached out to a number of potential sponsors requesting their financial or in-kind support. Though they have not yet found a sponsor, they continue to explore new opportunities to accomplish their project goal of promoting healthier lifestyles and providing students with a safe environment for physical activity.
Mission Possible students at “Heratsi” High School initiated a paper recycling policy in the school. The participants raised awareness about their project by creating a short film and presentation to emphasize the importance of paper recycling and explain how recycling can reduce damage to the environment. The students designed hand-made recycling bins and installed them in the school corridors and administrative rooms. They managed to mobilize the whole school to reduce their paper wastage, and by the end of the program they collected over 400 kg of paper, which they sold to a recycling company and gave the proceeds to their peers working on another Mission Possible project within their school.