Participants of “Ari Tun” Program expressed willingness to return to Armenia

“Our roots are perhaps deeper than the height of our crown. Whoever does not have a history cannot look back. Whoever does not have a past cannot have a memory.”

Paruyr Sevak

August 14th marked the launch of the 8th and final stage of the 2017 “Ari Tun” Program, gathering nearly 70 young Armenians from Russia, Syria, Turkey, Romania, France, Germany, England, Poland and the United Arab Emirates.

According to Hayern Aysor, on August 15, the Armenian Language Course for the 8th stage of the 2017 “Ari Tun” Program was launched at Yeghishe Charents Armenian School in Yerevan with an opening speech by Head of the Division for Scientific and Educational Programs of the Department of All-Armenian Programs at the Ministry of Diaspora of the Republic of Armenia Sirvard Hambaryan, who presented the advantages of the “Ari Tun” Program and introduced the attendees to the teachers who are devoted to their job and do everything they can to provide the participants with an Armenian upbringing.

During the course, the teachers taught the Armenian alphabet, gave spelling and speaking assignments to enhance their verbal and writing skills, assigned the participants to solve crossword puzzles, acrostics and grammatical riddles, taught proverbs and sayings and played games with them.

The final lessons were unique. Principal of Moscow’s “Veratsnund” (Renaissance) Armenian School Shoghik Pahlevanyan stated that a tremendous amount of work had been done to keep the young Diaspora Armenians clung to and nourish their roots. She expressed her words of gratitude to the members of her group from Russia, especially to their parents, thanks to whom the participants are visiting the homeland. The members of this group didn’t know the letters of the Armenian alphabet and didn’t have command of the native language, but since they were smart and patriotic, in the farewell letter that they wrote during the lesson, they noted that they would enhance the knowledge they received and enrich it in their respective countries of residence. The final lesson ended with recitation of words and performances of songs from Shoghik Pahlevanyan’s books (“Conversational Russian and Armenian”, “Conversational Russian, English and Armenian”, “Collection of Armenian Songs”), the winged words of great Armenians devoted to the Armenian language, as well as poems and songs.

The final lesson with Lusine Hayriyan was interesting. During the lesson, the participants presented the “Programs for Armenia’s Development”. Gaiane Babloyan reviewed the past lessons with a trivia devoted to native studies, Aida Ohanyan discovered the group members’ inner world with a question (“What is the secret of the Armenian people?), while Makruhi Gevorgyan’s group tried to present the similarities and differences between Armenia and their respective countries of residence in Armenian, highlighting Armenia’s advantages and expressing their willingness to return to the homeland. Sarah Shahinyan made sure they attached importance to the native language with proverbs and sayings.

Before bidding each other farewell, the participants of the “Ari Tun” Program expressed their words of gratitude to the organizers of the “Ari Tun” Program of the Ministry of Diaspora of the Republic of Armenia and Principal of Yeghishe Charents Armenian School Anahit Khechumyan. They all wished that the “Ari Tun” Program continues and that they have more opportunities to return to Armenia and make their contributions to nation-building. It is appropriate to cite the following words of Belinsky: “Whoever does not belong to his homeland, does not belong to mankind either.”

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