Teleconferences-2013

The coordinating body for the Pan-Armenian Forum of Journalists held its subsequent session on December 11. The session was moderated by president of the coordinating body, Editor-in-Chief of Aztag Daily Shahan Kantaharian and included a discussion on the title and format of the 7th Pan-Armenian Forum of Journalists scheduled for next year.


Greeting the guests and the participants of the session, RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan thanked journalists for identifying, shedding light on the key issues concerning the Armenian Diaspora and contributing to the solution to those issues and mentioned that correct presentation of those issues is the condition for further development of the Armenia-Diaspora partnership. The minister also attached importance to raising the key issues concerning Syrian-Armenians and asked the editors-in-chief participating in the session to focus on the program aimed at supporting them.


Jirair Cholakian (France), Derenik Melikian (Iran), Hampig Mardirossian (Lebanon), Hagop Vardivarian (USA) and Kim Gabrielyan (Artsakh) also participated in the session via the Internet and made their comments and suggestions. The discussion on the format, topic, venue and timeframe for the 7th of Journalists was held with the participation of RA Deputy Minister of Diaspora Serzh Srapionyan, as well as other members of the coordinating body, including Harut Sassounian, Shahan Kantaharian, Astghik Gevorgyan, Naghash Martirosyan, Astghik Avetisyan and Evelina Baghdasaryan.


RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan expressed gratitude for all the valuable comments and suggestions and recapped the subsequent session of the coordinating body for the Pan-Armenian Forum of Journalists devoted to the topic, format, venue and timeframe for the 7th Pan-Armenian Forum of Journalists.

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The coordinating body for the 6th Pan-Armenian Forum of Journalists held a session on October 9. Greeting the members and guests, RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan expressed gratitude to the journalists for identifying, providing coverage of and contributing to the solution to the the key issues facing the Armenian Diaspora. The minister also briefly presented the programs and events that have been held by the RA Ministry of Diaspora over the past five years. “The Diaspora is the major role-player for the development of the Ministry of Diaspora. Our programs wouldn’t have been implemented without the Diaspora,” the minister said.


President of the coordinating body, Editor-in-Chief of Aztag Daily Shahan Kantaharian congratulated everyone on the 5th anniversary of the RA Ministry of Diaspora, after which Editor of Armenian Mirror Spectator, member of the coordinating council for Armenian media Hagop Vardivarian addressed the participants of the session via a long distance call.


Other members of the coordinating body also gave brief speeches about their activities.


Shahan Kantaharian delivered a speech on the events taking place in the Middle East, shedding light on the problems concerning the local Armenian community and the Turkish factor.


Head of the Department of Media and Public Relations Evelina Baghdasaryan spoke about the courses organized for Diaspora Armenian journalists by the RA Ministry of Diaspora this year and the results.


RA Deputy Minister of Diaspora Serzh Srapionyan suggested including the lectures by the top Diaspora Armenian experts on the genocide as a course for journalists.


RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan summed up discussions on the topic, format, venue and time frame for the 7th Pan-Armenian Forum of Journalists.


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The coordinating body for the 6th Pan-Armenian Forum of Journalists held a session on October 9. Greeting the members and guests, RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan expressed gratitude to the journalists for identifying, providing coverage of and contributing to the solution to the the key issues facing the Armenian Diaspora. The minister also briefly presented the programs and events that have been held by the RA Ministry of Diaspora over the past five years. “The Diaspora is the major role-player for the development of the Ministry of Diaspora. Our programs wouldn’t have been implemented without the Diaspora,” the minister said.


President of the coordinating body, Editor-in-Chief of Aztag Daily Shahan Kantaharian congratulated everyone on the 5th anniversary of the RA Ministry of Diaspora, after which Editor of Armenian Mirror Spectator, member of the coordinating council for Armenian media Hagop Vardivarian addressed the participants of the session via a long distance call.


Other members of the coordinating body also gave brief speeches about their activities.


Shahan Kantaharian delivered a speech on the events taking place in the Middle East, shedding light on the problems concerning the local Armenian community and the Turkish factor.


Head of the Department of Media and Public Relations Evelina Baghdasaryan spoke about the courses organized for Diaspora Armenian journalists by the RA Ministry of Diaspora this year and the results.


RA Deputy Minister of Diaspora Serzh Srapionyan suggested including the lectures by the top Diaspora Armenian experts on the genocide as a course for journalists.


RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan summed up discussions on the topic, format, venue and time frame for the 7th Pan-Armenian Forum of Journalists.

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On July 17th,  RA Deputy Minister of Diaspora Vahe Jilavyan and Shahan Kantaharian (president of coordinating body, editor-in-chief of Lebanon’s Aztag Daily) co-chaired the subsequent session of the coordinating body for the 6th Pan-Armenian Forum of Journalists with Harut Sassounian (Editor-in-Chief of California Courier, USA), Grigor Anisonyan (Editor-in-Chief of Noev Kovcheg Media, Russian Federation), Hagop Vardivarian (journalist, USA), Hampig Mardirossian (Editor-in-Chief of Khosnag magazine, Lebanon) and Kim Gabrielyan (President of the Union of Journalists of Artsakh, NKR).


The representatives of the regions gave speeches on the articles entitled “Ahead of the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide” published in the last quarter and presented the past and future activities.


It was decided to hold another session of the coordinating body next month to discuss the venue and agenda for the 7th Pan-Armenian Forum of Journalists to be held in 2014.

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On April 12, acting RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan and the relevant employees of the RA Ministry of Diaspora held a teleconference with the teachers and principals of Armenian schools of the Australian-Armenian community in Sydney.

 

Greeting the participants of the teleconference, Hranush Hakobyan highly appreciated the Australian-Armenian community’s fruitful efforts for self-organization, as well as the Australian-Armenians’ desire to maintain ties with the Homeland and show active participation in the programs carried out by the RA Ministry of Diaspora and their experience in doing that. 

Presenting the ministry’s activities, Hranush Hakobyan set aside the ministry’s activities with our Syrian-Armenian compatriots in Armenia and mentioned that the ministry had reached an agreement with the mayors of Masis, Ashtarak and Vagharshapat cities to build districts for Syrian-Armenians in those cities. The ministry already has the first sponsors, and the Syrian-Armenian beneficiaries will be partially covering the expenses for construction of the new homes. “We would also like to engage other Armenian communities of the Diaspora. If each community helps three or four Syrian-Armenians, then the plan to build the “New Aleppo” district for Syrian-Armenians will quickly turn into a reality,” assured Mrs. Hakobyan, calling on the Australian-Armenian community to start a movement for supporting the Syrian-Armenians. 

 

The participants of the teleconference from Australia expressed their gratitude to the RA Ministry of Diaspora for strengthening the relationship with the Homeland and presented the Australian-Armenian community’s issues and programs.

The participants of the teleconference approved the proposal of Principal of AGBU Alexander School Manouk Demirdjian to create an online directory called “Armenian School” that would include links to all educational manuals, textbooks, DVDs, museums and libraries and would provide brief information about them. 

“We attach importance to the AGBU’s Armenian Virtual University, which provides Armenians around the world with the opportunity to learn the Armenian language via the Internet,” mentioned Hranush Hakobyan, adding: “Of course, the teacher trainings held within the framework of the “Diaspora Summer School” Program in the Homeland and with the help of Armenia’s experts in the Armenian communities are also very important.” 

At the end of the teleconference, the minister once again expressed gratitude to the Australian-Armenian community for their efforts aimed at making the parliament of Australia’s largest state of New South Wales pass a resolution recognizing the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.

 

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On March 27, RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan participated in the session held by the coordinating body for the 6th Pan-Armenian Forum of Journalists. The session was attended by Editor of Aztag Daily of Lebanon Shahan Kantaharian, Editor of The California Courier Weekly Harut Sassounian, President of the Union of Journalists of Armenia Astghik Gevorgyan, President of the All-Armenian Media Association Tigran Harutyunyan, Dean of the Faculty of Journalism at Yerevan State University Naghash Martirosyan, YSU lecturer Astghik Avetisyan and the heads of structural subdivisions of the RA Ministry of Diaspora. 


The session was moderated by head of the coordinating body for the Pan-Armenian Forum of Journalists Shahan Kantaharian. Kantaharian expressed his gratitude to the organizers for organizing an effective forum and mentioned that the forum has strengthened the bonds between Armenian media in Armenia and the Diaspora and that the media in Armenia has become more interested in the lives of Armenians in the Diaspora. 

The participants of the session discussed the results of the 6th Pan-Armenian Forum of Journalists, the problems that were raised and the issues on ways to solve those problems. The participants also touched upon the mass media’s responses to the 25th anniversary of the Karabakh movement and the Sumgait pogroms, the training courses for journalists on the sidelines of the 2013 “Diaspora Summer School” Program and the upcoming meetings for mass media outlets in the region. 

Talking about the current activities of the coordinating body for the 6th Pan-Armenian Forum of Journalists, Shahan Kantaharian informed that the coordinating body has studied and summed up all the suggestions that were made. 

Among participants joining the session from abroad were Director of “Noev Kovcheg” Media and editor of the homonymous newspaper of Russia Grigor Anisonyan, U.S.-based journalist Hagop Vardivarian, Editor of Khosnag magazine of Lebanon Hampig Mardirossian and President of the Union of Journalists of Artsakh Kim Gabrielyan. 

Greeting the participants of the session, RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan mentioned that all the potential podiums and auditoriums have to be used to hold broad debates over the topic before the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. In this sense, there is a need to work with the representatives of foreign-language media. The minister particularly said: “We Armenians know the historical truth, but we need materials in foreign languages for foreigners to know the truth as well.” The minister also attached importance to the efforts with Turk journalists who recognize the Armenian Genocide and are making efforts to reveal the truth in Turkey and different countries around the world. 

The minister called the participants’ attention to the issue of language policy for preserving the purity of the mother language and the steps that journalists have to take in that direction. 

President of the Union of Journalists of Armenia Astghik Gevorgyan expressed her gratitude to the RA Ministry of Diaspora for organizing multifaceted events to form the pan-Armenian and information field. 

Editor of California Courier Weekly Harut Sassounian touched upon the events to be held ahead of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Sassounian specified three main steps, that is, the major goal that we have set, as well as the events to be organized for the accomplishment of that goal and the measures that will be required to implement those events. 

U.S.-based journalist Hagop Vardivarian mentioned the need of engaging foreign-language journalists in the events dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. 

Dean of the YSU Faculty of Journalism Naghash Martirosyan expressed gratitude to the RA Ministry of Diaspora for organizing the “Diaspora Summer School” Program and assisting in the efforts to organize the program effectively and presented the program for this year. 

Martirosyan urged the Diaspora Armenian media representatives attending the session to give speeches for the participants of the “Diaspora Summer School” Program in Armenia or from abroad. 

Addressing the heads and editors of Armenian media outlets in the Diaspora, the RA Minister of Diaspora underlined that they are reputable individuals in their respective communities and that those communities’ lobbying efforts can help achieve great results in the implementation of these activities. The minister also said the best motto for this would be the message of Catholicos Aram I of the Great House of Cilicia: “Remember, Remind, Demand”.

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On March 20, the RA Ministry of Diaspora held a teleconference with representatives of the Armenian community of Rostov-na-Don.


The teleconference was held with the participation of RA Deputy Ministers of Diaspora Vahe Jilavyan and David Karapetyan, heads and employees of structural subdivisions from the RA Ministry of Diaspora, as well as the leaders and representatives of Armenian community organizations from Rostov-na-Don. 

RA Deputy Minister of Diaspora Vahe Jilavyan greeted the participants and voiced hope that the members of the community would show active participation in the ministry’s programs in 2013. 


Head of the Department of All-Armenian Programs at the RA Ministry of Diaspora Atom Mkhitaryan briefly presented the “Ari Tun” and “Diaspora Summer School” programs and mentioned the details regarding the “Armenian Language is in My Heart” Pan-Armenian Youth Forum to be held in Yerevan on April 22-24. 

Executive director of the “Armenian Community of Doni Nakhichevan” regional non-governmental organization in Rostov-na-Don, director of the “Hayazg” (Armenian Nation) cultural-enlightenment project Sergey Sayadov greeted the participants of the teleconference and presented the “Armenian Nation” project in detail. According to the director, the main objective of the “Armenian Nation” project is to preserve the Armenian cultural heritage and add to it. Sayadov suggested enhancing the project through combined efforts in order to have a dominant position in the field of information. 

Director of the “Hamshenka” International Association of Hamshen-Armenian Women Saida Ohanyan greeted the participants and presented the programs for Hamshen-Armenians. 


The participants of the teleconference also discussed programs for joint implementation.

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On March 16, the RA Ministry of Diaspora held a teleconference with members of the Council of Friendship of the RA Ministry of Diaspora established in Toronto, Canada. Among participants from the RA Ministry of Diaspora were RA Deputy Ministers of Diaspora Vahe Jilavyan and David Karapetyan, the ministry’s chief of staff, heads and employees of the ministry’s structural subdivisions, as well as representatives of the Toronto-Armenian community’s organizations that have joined the newly established council in Canada.


Head of the Department of All-Armenian Programs at the RA Ministry of Diaspora Atom Mkhitaryan presented details of the ministry’s programs in 2013 and urged the representatives to show their active participation.


RA Deputy Minister of Diaspora Vahe Jilavyan presented the books published by the Ministry of Diaspora. The participants from Canada said they were interested in the books and would like to have them.


Head of the Department for Armenian Communities of the Near East and Middle East Lusine Stepanyan presented the problems facing Syrian-Armenians in Armenia, Armenia’s support programs, as well as the past and upcoming activities aimed at solving those problems.


The Canadian side also presented the Canadian-Armenian community’s efforts aimed at supporting the Syrian-Armenians.


The sides exchanged views and discussed issues.


The representatives of the ministry and the Canadian-Armenian community discussed the plans and programs of the community ahead of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

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On March 6, the RA Ministry of Diaspora held a teleconference with representatives of the Armenian community of Kostanay, Kazakhstan. Among the participants from Armenia were RA Deputy Ministers of Diaspora Vahe Jilavyan and David Karapetyan, as well as the heads of the ministry’s structural subdivisions and other employees. Among the participants from Kostanay were Vice-President of the “Nairi” Association of Armenian Cultural Centers of the Republic of Kazakhstan Shant Mkrtchyan, President of “Erebuni” Cultural Center Artur Abrahamyan and teachers of Armenian Sunday schools in Kostanay. 

Head of the Department of All-Armenian Programs at the RA Ministry of Diaspora Atom Mkhitaryan presented the ministry’s pan-Armenian programs, contests and professional forums to be held in 2013, the terms and conditions and called on the Armenians in Kostanay to show active participation in all those programs. 


Gayane Chichoyan, who teaches at the Armenian Sunday school in Kostanay, presented the difficulties with teaching Armenian language and history at the school and reached an agreement on having the ministry provide the school with dictionaries, alphabet books, supporting materials and methodological manuals.  At the request of the community members, the ministry will also send Armenian national costumes to the “Erebuni” Cultural Center in Kostanay city.

 

The representatives of the ministry and the Armenian community also discussed the community’s upcoming programs to be held within the framework of the events ahead of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

 

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On March 1, the RA Ministry of Diaspora held a teleconference with representatives of the Armenian community of Tashkent.


Minister Hranush Hakobyan greeted the participants of the teleconference and all Armenian community structures and organizations and urged them to unite as one to find effective solutions to issues related to preservation of the Armenian identity and issues concerning the community. Attaching importance to the knowledge of the Armenian language and preservation of the language within the Armenian community of Uzbekistan, the representatives of the ministry and teachers of the Armenian Sunday school in Tashkent discussed future support programs for the improvement of Armenian language teaching. An agreement was reached on delivering Armenian language textbooks, alphabet books and supporting materials to the Armenian Sunday school in Tashkent. 

At the request of the community members, Minister Hranush Hakobyan presented the terms and conditions for Diaspora Armenians to receive higher education in their homeland and mentioned the opportunity of a free education in Armenian studies. To help Diaspora Armenian youth have more knowledge of the Armenian language, history and culture and to promote cooperation with the community, Head of the Department of All-Armenian Programs at the RA Ministry of Diaspora Atom Mkhitaryan introduced the ministry’s pan-Armenian youth programs and called on the youth of the community to participate in those programs. 

President of the Armenian Cultural Center of Tashkent Karine Martirosyan presented the community’s major issues that require speedy solutions and the difficulties. 

At the end, the sides discussed plans for cooperation with the RA Ministry of Diaspora and the implementation of joint programs. 

 


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On January 31, the RA Ministry of Diaspora held a teleconference with representatives of Narek Cultural Foundation from Glendale, California.


RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan greeted the staff at Narek Cultural Foundation and congratulated them on the implementation of activities aimed at preserving the Armenian identity for the past 24 years.
 
Principal Rima Saryan presented Narek School’s structure and activities and mentioned that 90 Armenian children ranging from the ages of 2 to 5 attend Narek daily kindergarten and receive an Armenian upbringing. Every year, 30-40 children attend the kindergarten, which has been praised by the local Armenians, as well as the RA Ministries of Diaspora and Culture. 

Narek Cultural Foundation’s Armenian Saturday school was established in 1989 with four students and went on to enroll hundreds of students. Today, the school has nearly 400 students. The students are taught in Eastern Armenian with textbooks from Armenia and by experienced teachers with degrees from Armenian universities. 

During the academic year, the children learn the Armenian language, literature, history and culture and receive an Armenian upbringing. 

“The educational complex also publishes the Narek children’s and youth magazine, which includes materials related to the school’s daily activities, the current events and programs, as well as materials devoted to Armenian and foreign literature. It’s a pleasure to see that the readers are not only students, but the community as well,” Mrs. Hakobyan said. 

RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan expressed her gratitude to the teachers at Narek Cultural Foundation and all Diaspora Armenian educators for carrying out activities aimed at preserving the Armenian identity. 
The minister also expressed her gratitude to the parents who live away from the homeland, in a world that is changing at a rapid pace and still find the time to send their children to one-day Armenian schools. “After attending classes at American schools all week long, the children attend the Armenian Narek School with pleasure on the weekends, and as you hear through this teleconference, they have good knowledge of their native language,” the RA Minister of Diaspora said. 

Founding Principal Rima Saryan assured that it is the existence of the Homeland that first and foremost helps Armenians preserve the national identity abroad. “If it weren’t for our country, we would have easily lost our identity,” Mrs. Saryan mentioned, adding that the RA Ministry of Diaspora is well aware of the Foundation’s activities and supports the solution to all issues facing the school. 

Head of the Department of All-Armenian Programs at the RA Ministry of Diaspora Atom Mkhitaryan presented all the programs for the children and youth that the ministry has implemented and is currently implementing. 


The participants of the teleconference also discussed the issue of more active participation of the students in the “Ari Tun” and “Summer School” programs and clarified the issues regarding teacher training and participation in pan-Armenian festivals and competitions. 

The teleconference provided students of Narek School with the opportunity to ask the RA Minister of Diaspora their questions of concern. 

One of the parents participating in the teleconference asked what other options there were to organize Armenian language instruction in addition to textbooks in the age of advanced technologies abroad, while the school’s music teacher asked how it was possible to procure collections and high-quality recordings of Armenian folk and ethnographic songs. 

The RA Minister of Diaspora attached importance to these questions and mentioned: “The Armenian General Benevolent Union, academics at Yerevan State University and programmers have created the Armenian Virtual University, which is aimed at providing Diaspora Armenian youth wishing to learn the Armenian language with the opportunity to receive a comprehensive Armenian education through the Internet, and Diaspora Armenians are taking advantage of that opportunity. There is a “Talking Alphabet”, which makes it easy for children in Armenia to learn the Armenian language. The RA Ministry of Diaspora has also created an e-library that includes comprehensive information about the history of the Armenian people, Armenian culture and literature and Armenian organizations.”

The minister added that the ministry would soon be sending Narek School a “Pocket Song Book”, which includes 223 favorite Armenian songs composed throughout the history of Armenian music, as well as “Talking Alphabets” and several necessary instructional-didactic materials. 

At the end of the effective teleconference, the students of Narek School expressed their gratitude to the RA Minister of Diaspora for providing them with the opportunity to get in touch with the Homeland and their compatriots. They also performed their school’s anthem.

 

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20.07.2016  |  Congratulations

TO MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF THE

ARMENIAN YOUTH ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA


Dear compatriots,


I cordially congratulate the Armenian Youth Association of California on its 25th anniversary.

25.04.2017  |  Speeches

Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem

His Beatitude Archbishop

Nourhan Manougian, 

Distinguished Reuven Amitai,

Dear participants,

 

Yesterday, on April 24th, our compatriots around the world and the progressive representatives of hundreds of countries paid their deep and sincere respects to the memory of the innocent victims of the Armenian Genocide.