Armenian Language Course of 7th stage of 2017 “Ari Tun” Program is over

But whatever may have been the destiny of the Armenians (and it has been bitter), whatever it may be in future, their country must ever be one of the most interesting on the globe.

George Byron

On August 7, the Armenian Language Course for the participants of the 7th stage of the 2017 “Ari Tun” Program of the RA Ministry of Diaspora ended with the opening remarks by Head of the Division for Scientific and Educational Programs of the Department of All-Armenian Programs at the RA Ministry of Diaspora Sirvard Hambaryan at Yeghishe Charents Armenian School in Yerevan.

According to Hayern Aysor, Hambaryan expressed her greetings to the participants from different countries (Russia, Georgia, Holland, France, Belgium, Poland, the USA, Lebanon and Syria) and emphasized that the “Ari Tun” Program not only helps young Diaspora Armenians recognize their homeland and the values of their nation and visit historic and cultural sites, but also provides the opportunity for cross-cultural communication and the exchange of values.

During this stage of the program, there were few participants who stood out with their knowledge of Armenian. Thus, almost all groups learned the Armenian alphabet and completed various kinds of tasks aimed at enhancing their speech, and the efforts led to the desired outcome.

Evidence of this was the final lesson/event during which each of the groups performed and showed posters portraying images and the chronology of ancient historic and cultural sites in Armenia. The posters were made with the direct participation of the groups’ teachers, including Shoghik Pahlevanyan, Lusine Hayriyan, Makruhi Gevorgyan, Gaiane Babloyan, Liza Ginosyan, Aida Ohanyan and Sarah Shahinyan.

During the course, the participants of the 7th stage had a meeting with editor of Lebanon’s Zartonk Armenian Daily Sevag Hagopian, who greeted the participants and valued the “Ari Tun” Program, which fosters homeland recognition, serves as a call to the homeland and is the driving force for Armenians to show dedication and become aware of the Armenian identity.

According to tradition, Director of Yeghishe Charents Armenian School #67 Anahit Khechumyan expressed her kind wishes during the closing ceremony and considered it an honor to host the Armenian language courses of the “Ari Tun” Program at Yeghishe Charents Armenian School, adding that this is not only a responsibility, but a reflection of Louis Aragon’s sharp description. “There have been several bright poets over the past century. In France it is Apoliner and Eluart, in Germany – Rilke, in Spain – García Lorca, in Russia – Mayakovsky and Yesenin, and in Armenia – Charents and Isahakyan.”

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