Students navigate through their personal learning plans via TUMO World, a special learning interface that prepares them for hands-on practice. Intensive workshops, guest lectures and community events give members a chance to apply their knowledge and skills to the world around them. We aspire to motivate this generation to learn, and encourage them to create new possibilities for themselves!
Our flagship center sits at the end of Yerevan's Tumanyan Park named for the Armenian children's author and advocate, Hovhannes Tumanyan. Tumanyan Park—known to many as "Tumo"—inspired the name for a program dedicated to enriching and educating children.
TUMO was born from the imagination of Sam and Sylva Simonian. Born and raised in Beirut, the Simonians moved to the United States as teenagers. Sam enrolled in the engineering program at the University of Texas at Arlington and went on to co-found the leading telecommunications company, Inet. The Simonians have always noted the significant contributions Armenian organizations made to their education and success over the years, and have made it a personal endeavor to extend that gift to the current generation of bright and motivated Armenians. As such, The Simonian Foundation fully funds the TUMO Center in Yerevan, its programs, the adjoining plaza, and the revitalization of Tumanyan Park. Sam and Sylva are intimately involved at TUMO, with Sam lending his expertise on technology and its economic impact and Sylva contributing to the center's engagement with the environment and the program's unique curriculum.
There are currently four TUMO locations throughout Armenia and the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh. In the summer of 2011, the Simonian Educational Foundation unveiled its first center in Armenia's capital, Yerevan. With the support of the Central Bank of Armenia, TUMO opened its second center in Dilijan, Armenia in 2013. In partnership with the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) the center has expanded to two critical locations: Gyumri, Armenia and Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh. To be part of the movement write to us at email@example.com.
Good question! The students work with two types of instructors. The first are TUMO staff members who teach the permanent and regularly scheduled workshops. The second are those who are invited on a short-term basis to teach provisional workshops. This system assures that students receive the benefits of regularly scheduled lessons while also taking advantage of the constant variation and new opportunities offered by the ad-hoc workshops.
Yes! We are always looking for experienced professionals to work with. If you are energetic and passionate about your field and want to work with some of Armenia's most motivated teens, please fill out a form and let's get started!
If you're between the ages of 12 and 18, you can be a TUMO student! Seriously. That's it. You will need (1) a parent or guardian with you when you register (2) both your guardian and your birth certificate or passport. At registration, you'll be asked to make a one-time deposit of 10,000 AMD that will be returned upon graduation. Considerations can be made regarding this deposit, please contact us for further assistance.
TUMO does not have a membership fee. It is free of charge for all! At registration, you'll be asked to make a one-time deposit of 10,000 AMD that will be returned upon graduation or leave of the program.Considerations can be made regarding this deposit, please contact us for further assistance.
Yes! With much success, we've launched an initiative called Camp TUMO! Camp TUMO is a summer program that invites students from around the globe to come to Yerevan and take part in a jam-packed experience filled with education and fun. Teens are given the opportunity to take part in TUMO's learning system while immersing themselves in a new culture through guided tours and excursions. For more information write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TUMO does not issue diplomas upon graduation. However, we help students develop a portfolio chockfull of all the projects and various workshops they've participated in. When they leave the center, we want them to be able not just to talk about their skills, but to also show them.
Call us at (+37410) 398 413 ext. 2. Please leave your full name, age, and phone number and we will call you back with a good time to come in and register. We look forward to meeting you!
Of course! TUMO visiting hours are from 4 to 5 pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. To schedule a tour please fill out this request form OR send us a brief email. Please make sure that emails are sent 1 to 2 weeks before your preferred tour date.
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Armenia is one of the few places in the world where you can visit a centuries-old monastery and attend a rock concert all in one day. The energy is always high, the food is rich, the nightlife is vibrant and the people are warm and friendly. Hey, if Armenia can make Kanye smile, it has got to be special.
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July 20, 2016
Janibek Manukyan is not your typical 15-year-old. Granted, all teens who attend TUMO have their own unique characteristics that make them stand out, but rarely do you find a teen with such a strong sense of purpose as Janibek from TUMO Gyumri.
For those who do not know Janibek, he’s kind of a jack of all trades. He’s interested in physics, mathematics, art and medicine and also enjoys creative writing, poetry and even writes the words to TUMO songs performed by the TUMO Gyumri music students. After hearing this, naturally we wanted to know what he wrote about. “I write about Armenia, and I have a special interest in Western Armenia. It’s a theme that’s very close to my heart.” (There’s that sense of purpose we were talking about.) Janibek even writes poems dedicated to Armenia and Western Armenia. “I'm fascinated with Western Armenia. I look at Mount Ararat and know that I could live there. I want to touch it; it’s so close and so unreachable at the same time.
Janibek approaches everything he does with a sense of commitment, including his time at TUMO. “There’s really nothing you can’t learn at TUMO; everything is interesting. You also have a lot of opportunities here and you just need to pick what you want for your future.
Though that future is still undecided. He has narrowed it down however to politician and/or plastic surgeon. Remember, jack of all trades.
Jannibek is terrified of dogs. He was chased by a pack of eight when he was five so you can imagine that left a bad taste in his mouth. But, he has a pet dog that he keeps around so no one knows about his phobia. That dog he likes.
July 19, 2016
Virtual reality guru Celine Kaladjian worked with TUMO Yerevan teens to create their own vr films. The students did everything from filming to post-production and everything in between. Using Autopano Video and Autopano Giga, the TUMOians created the virtual reality of their virtual dreams.
July 14, 2016
Lead singer of Collectif Medz Bazar and French-Armenian musical virtuoso Sevana Tchakerian went to TUMO Stepanakert and taught the students all about rhythm, Logic Pro X, traditional Armenian music and hip hop, of course. See it for yourself below.
July 14, 2016
The teens in Shant Sahakian's branding lab at TUMO Yerevan are moving along and learning more and more each day. They're working on creating posters about universal social issues that they face in their daily lives and that teens from around the world can also relate to. Pretty soon they'll have their final results ready so stay tuned!
July 14, 2016
For TUMO teens and their parents, July 9th was definitely filled with drama as French-Armenian actress Arévik Martirossian and her students showed off the results of these last three weeks of hard work. The performances were from a mix of classical theater and student-written monologues which were happy, funny, light, deep, emotional and touching. To summarize each unique performance would be difficult, but you can get a pretty good understanding by looking through these photos.
July 13, 2016
Remember when we asked for your phone? Well, your generosity has bore virtual fruit. #TUMOcardboard is already a reality and very soon you'll have the chance to see the game they created in all its spooky, dark, funny and creative glory. See some of the students' stuff for yourself.
July 11, 2016
We tried to sum up Sedrak Mkrtchyan's learning lab at TUMO Stepanakert, but he took the words right out of our mouths. So, here are those words for your reading pleasure (and some photos for your viewing pleasure):
"From June 9th to July 8th, we had an infographics learning lab at the TUMO center in Artsakh. Throughout the lab, the students learned about data visualization, the foundations and history of infographics as well as different methods of expression for infographics, composition, color theory, typography, how to work with data. At the end, we even applied this knowledge with a series of infographics.
I want to say thank you to TUMO for giving me the chance to teach and share my experience with teens, the teens of Artsakh at that."
Sedrak Mkrtchyan, TUMO thanks you for this amazing learning lab and its results. We'll wait patiently for your next lab.
July 08, 2016
Lebanese-Armenian graphic designer Khajag Apelian spent two weeks teaching TUMO teens the intricacies of Armenian typeface and lettering so they'd have the tools they needed to create their own Armenian font. And, if we do say so ourselves, the results are pretty great. But, by all means, see for yourself!
July 08, 2016
Not a soul made it out of their homes today without getting wet and you can bet no one was spared at TUMO Plaza. We've collected some of the best moments of our drenched heroes at #TUMOvardavar. Special thanks to all our friends at PanArmenian.Net, Deem Communications, Ucraft, The LOFT, SNKH Architectural Studio, Impact Hub Yerevan, One Armenia, House of Reincarnation, Crumbs The Bread Factory and especially our partners Ucom and Jermuk Group!
June 29, 2016
Lebanese illustrator Salim Azzam walks around the TUMO Yerevan corridors with his laptop, camera, drawing tablet, stylus and smartphone – standard fare for TUMO lab leaders. But what draws your eye to Salim is that he’s also carrying with him a…book, with paper and everything. It’s a sizeable book that’s hard to not notice. It is, in fact, a book of traditional Armenian patterns and symbols that he purchased at Vernissage and that he’s using as inspiration for his lab where he’s teaching students how to use illustrations as a method for storytelling.
Salim’s approach to illustrating is more than an interest in creating cool images. “Illustration should be more than simply creating something pretty to look at; illustration should be a means for communication.” And that’s exactly what he does in his own work. Salim uses his illustrations to work on community-based projects that benefit the local population. He already has experience doing that in the villages of Lebanon and recently a workshop in South Africa.
Over the past few days however, Salim has been taking his students to different regions of Armenia including Lusakert, Gyumri, Garni and Yerevan. But Salim emphasizes that the purpose of these trips wasn’t just to see something beautiful; it’s about meeting people, interacting with them and learning their stories. “We took the train to Gyumri and for three hours, the students had nothing, no wifi and no internet. (Gasp.) They were forced to interact and talk to each other. At one point, a woman came on the train selling her fruit and the teens started talking to her also and learning about her life. It’s really interesting to see how students start to approach things differently.”
After returning from their adventures abroad, the teens have returned to TUMO Yerevan and will use Adobe Illustrator to turn what they heard and saw into illustrated stories. But, staying in line with Salim’s approach to art, the illustrations must also serve a purpose such as create a business logo for the gata-maker or postcards for the museum. Art with a purpose.
And why graphic illustrations? “Everything I do comes from an ancient source and story, but telling these stories through illustration modernizes that story. I could tell a story about lavash with an oil painting, but an illustration makes that story so much more contemporary and interesting to the audience.”