Programs in 2011
1. Publication of the “Hayern Aysor” multilingual electronic newspaper of the RA Ministry of Diaspora
The “Hayern Aysor” daily, multilingual electronic newspaper has been published since 2009. The major aim is to contribute to the development of the Armenia-Diaspora partnership; the formation of a general environment for information; the exchange of information between Armenian newspapers and online media outlets in different corners of the globe and the creation of new opportunities for cooperation.
The newspaper presents and sheds light on political, cultural and economic events taking place in Diaspora Armenian communities, the hardships and achievements of Diaspora Armenians, the activities of Armenian organizations, cognitive materials regarding Armenians who live, are well-known and have achieved great success in different countries around the world and more.
The electronic weekly’s PDF version is posted on the newspaper’s website, giving all communities the opportunity to publish the weekly.
2. Expansion of the Western Armenian-Eastern Armenian and vice-versa converter database
In 2009, a converter program was installed for mutual understanding between the two sectors of Armenians living in Armenian communities. In 2011, the ministry will expand the translator database that lies at the core of the program and will replenish the dictionary with 5,000 words every year. The program provides the opportunity for quick and high-quality translations of complicated texts.
3. Creation of an e-library
The number of Armenian literature and texts in Armenian language on the Internet is insufficient. It is necessary to provide appropriate access to Armenian literary and other cultural values. The program has been implemented since 2010.
The E-Library program envisages the creation and replenishment of pan-Armenian library resources in Armenian, taking into account the differences between the orthographies of the Armenian language.
In 2011, it is foreseen to replenish the content of the e-library with books, videos, recordings and more, taking into account the Diaspora’s interests. The literature to be replenished includes works by Armenian classical and contemporary authors of Armenia, Artsakh and the Diaspora.
The purpose of the program is to create pan-Armenian library resources in the Armenian language.
4. “Our Greats”
The program provides additional opportunities to recognize Armenia and the Diaspora, shed light on the life and career of renowned Armenian individuals and duly present their works in Armenia. It contributes to the implementation of programs and the consolidation of reputable Armenian individuals of the Diaspora around the development of partnership.
The “Our Greats” program envisages the implementation of homages to notable individuals and organizations of the Armenian Diaspora, the organizing of television programs, as well as the preparation of booklets, leaflets, recordings and video clips.
The program has been implemented since 2009. In 2009-2010, the “Our Greats” program included homages to Charles Aznavour, Kirk Kerkorian, Patriarch Vazgen, Alex Manoogian, Vardges Surenyants, Levon Shant, Boghos Nubar, Mkhitar Sebastatsi, the Brothers Lazaryan and Misak Manushyan.
The 2011 “Our Greats” program includes homages to Garegin Nzhdeh, Monte Melkonian, Petros Duryan and Jivani.
It is envisaged to publish a book devoted to Monte Melkonian, booklets and DVDs presenting the life and career of Petros Duryan and Jivani, as well as a film about G. Nzhdeh.
5. Organizing of pan-Armenian forums
The program is implemented with the purpose of consolidating and effectively using the potential of all Armenians in science, education, economy, culture and other spheres, giving the opportunity to assess, formulate general approaches, as well as apply common methods and mechanisms.
The following will be organized and implemented in 2011:
1. April 7: Scientific conference on “The Role of Armenian Women in the Diaspora”
2. April 29-30: Forum of the Heads of Chambers of Commerce and Industry
3. May 26-27: International conference on “Prospects of Diaspora in the Globalizing World” with the participation of the heads of corresponding structures of countries with Diasporas
4. June 27-July 16: School for Young Journalists of Diaspora Armenian Mass Media
5. June 28-30: Forum of Plastic Surgeons
6. June 29-30: Second Pan-Armenian Forum of Architects and Construction-Engineers, session of the coordinating council of the Pan-Armenian Association of Architects and Construction-Engineers
7. July 7-10: Forum of Armenian Doctors
8. July 14-20: Summer School for Young Leaders
9. September 18-19: Pan-Armenian Forum of Representatives of Diaspora Armenian Organizations and Heads of Diaspora Armenian Communities
10. October 8-10: Meeting of Armenian Cooks
11. October 20: Roundtable discussion on “Key Issues Facing Converted Armenians in the Diaspora”
12. October 29-30: Congress of Cardiologists
13. Late October: Forum of Armenian Farmers
6. Pan-Armenian Awards
Diaspora Armenian organizations and devoted individuals feel the need for encouragement, familiarization of the best examples, efforts and achievements, as well as remembrance and attention from the homeland.
The purpose of the program is to encourage and assess the achievements in the preservation of national identity and the daily activities of Armenian individuals and organizations. The ministry will implement a pan-Armenian awards ceremony in the following categories:
1. Piece of Homeland: a youth scientific research award ceremony in light of the 20th anniversary of Armenia’s independence
2. Best Armenian Language Teacher: an award ceremony for Armenian language and history teachers in Diaspora Armenian schools
3. Best Youth Organization: an award ceremony for youth, student organizations and youth community organizations in Diaspora Armenian communities.
7. Support for the development of Diaspora Armenian communities (obtaining and delivering RA emblems (coat-of-arms and flag) to Diaspora Armenian institutions
The Diaspora has a great demand for the independent Armenia’s emblems (flag and coat-of-arms). Many educational, scientific, cultural and community organizations need to place the symbols of Armenia, including the RA flag and the coat-of-arms.
With that purpose, the ministry will deliver Armenia’s emblems to the administrative offices of Diaspora Armenian community organizations and other structures.
8. Establishment of an Alley for Armenian Benefactors
Armenian benefactors have their place among Armenians who are devoted to their nation. Throughout history, by implementing charitable programs for the nation, they have not only met the vital needs of the nation and helped the nation survive, but have also contributed to national preservation, the preservation and presentation of Armenian culture and Armenian historical-cultural heritage.
To have a full picture of the work completed by Diaspora Armenian benefactors in Armenia, in 2010 the ministry began to implement the program called “Alley for Armenian Benefactors”, which envisages the placement of monuments to great Armenian benefactors in the fourth sector of the Ring Park in Yerevan.
The ministry declared a contest for architectural and sculpting plans, and the winning sculptor has already prepared a major part of the monuments.
In 2011, the alley will be replenished with another monument, will be renovated and the alley will have lighting.
9. Working with Diaspora Armenian communities
There is a need to commission the employees of the Ministry of Diaspora to Diaspora Armenian communities for giving solutions to various issues in the sphere of Armenia-Diaspora partnership, recognizing each other, establishing contacts, responding to different communities’ invitations and participating in events, assessing the situations in localities and finding solutions to issues.
The program envisages periodical business trips of ministry employees according to the corresponding regions.
10. Program for supporting the solution to cultural and educational issues facing Armenian communities in Latin America
In 2009, the program for supporting the solution to cultural and educational issues facing Armenian communities in Latin America was established by the RA Government’s resolution.
The communities need to organize education, as well as become engaged in cultural contacts and pan-Armenian programs. The events of the program envisage steps for preserving national identity and fighting against assimilation.
The program launched in 2010.
In 2011, it is foreseen to
1. support the activities of the Armenological Center at the University of St. Petersburg (publication of 2 research)
2. organize concerts for Armenian cultural groups, creative groups and individual performers (three events in each community)
3. organize the participation of theater companies, choirs, individual artists and performers of Latin American-Armenian communities in cultural events organized in Armenia (visits of 2 cultural groups)
4. organize the visits and meetings between writers and cultural figures of Armenia in the communities (visit of 1 group)
It is expected that the program will lead to activation of community life, new resources for self-organization, new stimuli for national preservation, as well as the establishment of new contacts and cooperation through mutual visits.
11. Program for supporting the integration of Iraqi-Armenians in Armenia
As a result of military operations, terrorist acts and intolerance of ultranationalists in Iraq, most Armenians were forced to leave their residences and a large part of them has settled in the Republic of Armenia.
Currently, there are nearly 800 Iraqi-Armenians living in Armenia, and most of them are having a hard time integrating into the society.
To support that process, the ministry has developed a plan to hold seminars, qualification and requalification courses, as well as measures to create juridical and economic conditions that are necessary for the Iraqi-Armenians’ integration.
12. Creation of unified textbooks in Western Armenian
To confront the linguistic-cultural assimilation in the Diaspora, especially among the Western-Armenian speakers and to preserve the national identity, the ministry places high importance on the study of educational issues in the Diaspora, the support for their solutions, particularly the creation of unified programs and textbooks.
The scientific conference on “Principles of Unified Textbooks in Western Armenian” and the workshop on “Current State of Western Armenian in the Diaspora” led to the creation of a coordinating council the Western Armenian language experts of which will work together for the creation of unified textbooks.
As a result, elementary, secondary and high schools will be provided with unified textbooks in Western Armenian and curricula, while elementary schools will have workbooks.
13. Virtual Museum of the Diaspora
The ministry will create the Virtual Museum of the Armenian Diaspora with the purpose of presenting the history of the Armenian people, as well as its present and the perspectives of development.
The website will feature textual and online materials regarding Diaspora Armenian communities, pan-Armenian organizations and religious organizations, Armenia and the Armenian Cause, as well as an audio library, a dictionary of Armenian names and last names, the Armenian Geneaology program and more.
The Virtual Museum of the Armenian Diaspora will present the history of the Armenian people, Armenian cultural heritage and the achievements, the contributions of great Armenians to world civilization, will radicalize Armenian national values among the young generations, help familiarize Armenia and the Diaspora Armenian communities and will help strengthen the relations between Armenia and the Diaspora and inter-Diaspora relations. The website will contribute to the consolidation of the Armenian people and the formation of the Armenian World.
14. Preparation and broadcasting of film series, video clips and television programs on the Armenia-Diaspora partnership
There is a lack of Armenian educational institutions, schools and clubs in many Diaspora Armenian communities and this makes the new generation detached from its roots. Taking into account the opportunities of modern information technologies, the role and significance of visual aids and based on the need for taking measures to contribute to national preservation, it is envisaged to create and disseminate Armenian language, Armenian traditions, cognitive film series, television programs, DVDs and video clips regarding the history of Armenia and the Armenian people.
The program will likely put an end to the danger of assimilation in the Diaspora to a certain extent and will give the opportunity to recognize Armenia the homeland.
15. “Armenian Diaspora” Yearbook
The goals of publishing the “Armenian Diaspora” Yearbook are to contribute to the activation of cooperation between organizations in Armenia and the Diaspora, as well as contribute to the development of Armenia-Diaspora partnership.
The “Armenian Diaspora” Yearbook briefly presents the memorable events that take place in Diaspora Armenian communities, as well as the programs and events implemented by pan-Armenian organizations in Armenia and the Diaspora, religious organizations, Armenian communities, RA government agencies and the RA Ministry of Diaspora.
The ministry has published the “Armenian Diaspora 2009” Yearbook and is preparing the 2010 Yearbook for publication.
16. Delivery of instructional and popular literature to Diaspora Armenian schools, cultural, educational institutions and centers for Armenology
There are always problems with delivering instructional literature to Diaspora Armenian schools, cultural and educational institutions, centers for Armenology and Armenian organizations and very often the literature is not sent on time or to the addressee.
These issues have a negative impact on the organizing of the educational process in Diaspora Armenian schools.
Through this program, the ministry receives, compiles and generalizes applications for instructional and popular literature. Then, the ministry provides the instructional literature according to addresses on time and in the size foreseen.
17. “Ari Tun” program for periodic visits of Diaspora Armenian youth to Armenia
Amid cultural influences of different countries, in addition to theoretical notions and knowledge of Armenia and the Armenian reality, Diaspora Armenian youth also need to communicate.
With this purpose, since 2009 the Ministry of Diaspora has been organizing the “Ari Tun” program for periodic visits of Diaspora Armenian youth to Armenia. During the two-week program, Diaspora Armenian youth stay with host families, get acquainted with the traditions of the Armenian family, establish contacts with fellow youth in Armenia, get acquainted with the interests of their compatriots, tour and get to see historical sites worth seeing in Armenia, have various meetings with state, public and cultural figures, learn lessons of patriotism in Armenia and spend quality time with their fellow Armenian youth at the “Ari Tun” Camp.
In 2009, nearly 300 youth from over 20 countries and in 2010, 600 Diaspora Armenian youth visited Armenia through the “Ari Tun” program.
In 2011, 800 Diaspora Armenian youth will visit and spend their vacation in Armenia through the “Ari Tun” program.
There will be participants from more countries and the ministry is currently working on including youth from distant communities.
18. Program of events dedicated to the 20th anniversary of Armenia’s independence
It is not always that all Armenians are completely aware of the achievements and hardships during the years of Armenia’s independence. Living abroad, they need to know about notable events, holidays and anniversary events taking place in the homeland, receive positive energy and participate in pan-Armenian events.
Through this program, light of the 20th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Armenia and Artsakh, the best Armenian groups and performers will perform in Armenian-populated regions of the Diaspora. This will serve as a great impetus for deepening faith in the homeland, the government and statehood, as well as the deepening of relations. The concerts will be followed by various meetings with well-known Armenian cultural and political figures and more.
The program will contribute to repatriation, national preservation, the preservation of Armenian identity and cultural values and the consolidation of the nation.
19. Program for supporting education and culture in the Diaspora
There are different issues facing Armenian communities in the Diaspora, including spiritual, cultural, social-economic, scientific and educational issues.
Through the program aimed at solving those issues, it is envisaged to implement the following:
1. supporting the organizing cultural events
2. updating the material-technical base for cultural and educational institutions
3. providing libraries with Armenian literature
4. supporting the activities and preservation of youth centers in the region
5. creating films about Armenian communities
6. preparing studies and analyses on key issues facing Armenians in the Diaspora
20. Program for estimating and consolidating the existing potential in the scientific, educational, economic, cultural and other spheres in the Armenian Diaspora
Accepting the Diaspora as a reliable and effective bridge for world integration, this program will help develop mechanisms for identifying and consolidating the potential of the Diaspora; engage capable forces of the Diaspora in the country’s domestic affairs for the strengthening of Armenian statehood, the formation of a competitive state, the solutions to issues of national concern and the improvement of cooperation between international organizations and interstate structures with support from Diaspora Armenians.
The program envisages
1. the gathering of full data on pan-Armenian and regional organizations, individuals and information resources of the Diaspora and the creation of a comprehensive electronic database
2. the gathering and integration of complete information about Diaspora Armenian communities, individuals and organizations in the spheres of history, statistics, politics, culture, education, religion, science, youth, society and economy for periodic replenishing and developing the database
3. the creation of pan-Armenian professional networks and associations for identifying and consolidating the potential of all Diaspora Armenians
4. ensuring the participation of Diaspora Armenian cultural and educational figures, academics and professionals in state and non-governmental initiatives, as well as discussions, programs and events devoted to pan-Armenian issues and issues concerning the country
21. “History of Communities”: Studies on Diaspora Armenian communities
Diaspora Armenian communities undergo dynamic changes from time to time and the new developments of pivotal significance need to be studied.
The program envisages implementing systematized scientific research in Diaspora Armenian communities through scientific institutions, specialized centers and task forces and ensure the publication of that research for further use.
The ministry is developing and publishing fundamental scientific research, booklets and informative materials that can be used in Armenia and different Diaspora Armenian communities and Armenological centers for instruction.
The following will be implemented:
1. “History of Communities”: thematic studies on the formation and development of Armenian communities and current issues on cooperation with an order for 3 studies from “Noravank” Scientific-Educational Foundation
2. “History of Communities”: thematic studies on the formation and development of Armenian communities and current issues on cooperation with an order for 4 studies from the Institutes of History, Oriental Studies, Art and Literature of the RA National Academy of Sciences
3. Studies devoted to the Diaspora with an order from the YSU Department of Diaspora Studies (2 topics).
22. Supporting Master’s students of the YSU Department of Diaspora Studies for organizing, preparing and training specialists in the sphere of Diaspora studies
Through this program, the ministry will support the development of activities of the YSU Department of Diaspora Studies, provide social benefits for the Master’s students, giving them the opportunity to prepare Master’s students of Diaspora Studies.
The department’s capabilities will be used for implementing studies on religion, culture, history and society in different Diaspora Armenian communities.
It is envisaged to assist 10 Master’s students of the YSU Department of Diaspora Studies in paying their tuitions.