On November 8, the RA Ministry of Diaspora and the Armenian community of Ukraine held a videoconference.
Among participants from the RA Ministry of Diaspora were Minister Hranush Hakobyan, Deputy Ministers Stepan Petrosyan and Vardan Marashlyan, heads of departments and other staff employees.
Among representatives of the Armenian community of Kiev were Vice-President of the Union of Armenians of Ukraine, leader of the Armenian community of Kiev Tigran Gharagyozyan, Adviser to the RA Minister of Diaspora in Ukraine Mushegh Karapetyan, as well as representatives of various cultural, educational and religious organizations of the community.
Mrs. Hakobyan presented the Ministry’s programs and activities.
Currently, there are nearly 400,000 Armenians living in Ukraine. “The Union of Armenians of Ukraine is a powerful structure and it must bring Armenian youth who are not involved in Armenian issues to the Armenian community and the various all-Armenian structures,” said Mrs. Hakobyan, adding that the Ministry’s programs are primarily geared toward the youth. In the past two years, 45 Armenian youth of Ukraine have visited Armenia through the “Ari Tun” program. Upon their return, the program participants should be more active and describe how they spent their time in Armenia to the fullest. In that case, more youth will want to visit the Homeland and the most realistic way of establishing the connection with the Homeland is organizing visits,” Minister Hakobyan emphasized.
It was mentioned that 3 schools and 1 media outlet received prizes during the all-Armenian award ceremony for Diaspora Armenian schools and media.
The RA Minister of Diaspora expressed satisfaction with the active participation of the Ukrainian-Armenian community in various all-Armenian programs.
The president of the Union expressed gratitude for the videoconference and the initiative to communicate and presented the issues facing the community. He mentioned that the most current issue concerns language because Armenian is practically not spoken in the household and is rapidly forgotten.
A suggestion was made to present the Virtual College program to the community and engage youth in order to help them learn Armenian. The sides reached an agreement to combine efforts to record the history of Ukrainian-Armenians and shoot a film about them.
On August 20, the RA Ministry of Diaspora and the Davtian and Mariamian educational institution organized a teleconference.
Participating from Armenia were Head of the Department of Information and Telecommunication of the RA Ministry of Diaspora T. Harutyunyan, Head of the Division of Relations with Armenian Communities of North America of the Department of Armenian Communities of the Americas G. Dabaghyan, Head of the Division of Scientific and Educational Programs of the Department of All Armenian Programs S. Hambaryan, Head of “Anania Shirakatsi” Lyceum A. Alikhanyan and teachers from the lyceum.
Participating from Los Angeles were President of the Board of the Davtian and Mariamian educational institution Vahik Tsaturian, board members, Armenian language teachers, as well as President of the Board of Education of the Glendale Unified School District Greg Grigorian, several board members, Principal of “Thomas Jefferson” School Greg Musheghian and others.
The teleconference was devoted to educational issues facing the Armenian American community. Currently, many Armenian students attend state and private American schools due to financial difficulties and lack of satisfaction with Armenian schools and thus, they don’t have the opportunity to learn the Armenian language and history. In California 70-75,000 Armenian students and over 10,000 Armenian students in Glendale alone attend American schools and they are in greater danger of assimilation. Since 1987, the Davtian and Mariamian educational institution has been organizing four-hour Armenian language and history classes twice a week for Armenian students at 33 American schools in 10 different cities across the U.S.
During the teleconference, the sides discussed issues related to preparing young, qualified teachers of Armenian language and history in accordance with American standards and the educational system in Armenia, procurement of funds for implementing the mentioned programs, organizing camps and contests for filling in the gap of necessary knowledge and other similar issues.
The employees of the RA Ministry of Diaspora presented the Ministry’s activities and upcoming programs and proposed active participation.
T. Harutyunyan highly appreciated the experience of “Thomas Jefferson” School in Armenian language instruction (50% of subjects are taught in Armenian at the school) and proposed to apply that experience in state schools located in other Armenian-populated cities of the U.S.
The sides also discussed the opportunities of mutual visits of students and teachers from “Thomas Jefferson” and “Anania Shirakatsi” sister schools, the exchange of experience and other forms of cooperation.
Head of “Anania Shirakatsi” Lyceum A. Alikhanyan proposed to organize the summer vacation of 10 students of “Thomas Jefferson” School at the lyceum’s camp.
The teleconference was broadcasted live in Glendale.
The RA Ministry of Diaspora, “Ani-Hayastan” Armenian community of Ekaterinburg, Armenian Youth Organization and the Center for Armenian Studies at the State University of Ural took part in a teleconference organized on July 7.
Participating in the conference from Armenia were the RA Minister of Diaspora, Deputy Ministers, employees of the Department of Armenian Communities of the CIS, other Ministry employees, Head of the Department of Sociology at Yerevan State University Vladimir Atanesyan, correspondent of the Armenian youth center of Akhaltskha Veronica Hambaryan and students.
Participating from Ekaterinburg were Head of “Ani-Hayastan” Armenian community Masis Nazaryan, Principal of the Armenian Sunday School of Ekaterinburg Andranik Marabyan, senior lecturer of the Center for Armenian Studies Investigations at the State University of Ural Igor Badalyan, assistant professor of the Department of Sociology Artak Ayvazyan, candidate of historical sciences Andrey Lyamzin, President of the Armenian Youth Organization Samvel Papoyan, scientists, students and representatives of the Armenian community.
The purpose of the teleconference was to get acquainted with “Ani-Hayastan” Armenian community of Ekaterinburg and the Armenian Youth Organization, contribute to the development and strengthening of cooperation between the RA Ministry of Diaspora and the Armenian community of Ekaterinburg, engage more Armenians of Ekaterinburg in pan-Armenian programs and introduce the activities of the RA Ministry of Diaspora.
RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan cordially welcomed the participants of the teleconference and introduced the Ministry’s goals and objectives. Hakobyan also touched upon the forums organized by the Ministry and provided information about the Ministry’s “Hayern Aysor” online newspaper. “Regardless of where Armenians are, they must be united around the Homeland. We must strengthen Armenia, have a strong Homeland, as well as a strong and capable Diaspora,” said the Minister as she called on all the participants.
RA Deputy Minister of Diaspora S. Petrosyan introduced the Ministry’s activities and upcoming programs, as well as the books published by the Ministry.
The employees of the RA Ministry of Diaspora answered questions raised by the Armenian community of Ekaterinburg.
On May 22, the RA Ministry of Diaspora organized a teleconference with representatives of Moscow’s Armenian youth organizations.
The main purpose of the teleconference was to get acquainted with Armenian youth organizations of Moscow, to introduce the Ministry’s activities, including summer youth projects, to discuss the Ministry’s opportunities for supporting the solution to issues facing the Armenian youth organizations and to determine the format for partnership.
Participating in the teleconference from Armenia were RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan, Deputy Ministers S. Petrosyan and V. Marashlyan, the Chief of Staff, heads of departments and other Ministry employees.
Participating from Moscow were Gagik Arakelyan (youth organization of the Union of Armenians of Russia-UAR), Tigran Begijanyan, Rafayel Asaduryan (Armenian Youth Society of Intellectual Interaction-SIVAM), David Beknazaryan, Robert Hakobyan (youth organization of the Armenian Apostolic Church –NUR), Gayane Gabrielyan, Ashkhen Hovsepyan (Moscow State University), Henry Sardaryan (Moscow State University for International Affairs), Robert Hovsepyan (Academy of Finances), Tigran Shahverdyan (Moscow Institute of Physics and Technologies), Vahan Tadevosyan (Advanced School of Economics), Ruzanna Msryan (Russian State University of Humanities), Aram Poghosyan (Academy of People’s Economy), Susanna Tumanyan (State Open University of Russia), Artyom Manukyan (Young Scientists Association) and Ashot Grigoreyev (Organization of Hamshen Armenians).
RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan welcomed the young Armenian participants and stressed the need for combining efforts to find solutions to pan-Armenian issues. She touched upon key issues facing preservation of Armenian identity and language in Diaspora Armenian communities. Hakobyan mentioned that the 21st century is a period of knowledge and innovative ideas and attached importance to the use of the potential of young Armenian professionals with knowledge and experience from abroad for the development of the Homeland.
Deputy Minister S. Petrosyan introduced the structure, activities and projects of the RA Ministry of Diaspora, particularly details on the “One Nation, One Culture” festival, “Ari Tun” and other youth projects. Mr. Petrosyan also introduced the youth to the electronic newspaper “Hayern Aysor” (www.hayernaysor.am) published by the RA Ministry of Diaspora.
The Minister responded to a number of questions raised by the Armenian youth of Moscow and it was decided to hold frequent meetings.
Participating in the teleconference was adviser to the RA Minister of Diaspora in Moscow and the province of Moscow Ruben Gasparyan as well.