The award ceremony “For outstanding contribution to the preservation of Armenian identity” organized by the RA Di-aspora Ministry and World Armenian Congress (WAC) was held on January 18, with the participation of RA Diaspora Minister Hranoush Hakobian, WAC Deputy Chairmen A. Sargsyan and V. Aghayan, intellectuals, journalists and guests. The purpose of the award is to encourage the preservation and development of Armenian identity in the Diaspora-Armenian communities and assess organizations’ and individuals’ efforts in this field. Awards were given in three categories: “Best teacher of Armenian”, “Best Youth Organization”, and “A Piece of Homeland” best youth research and composition on Armenian studies. Among the six winners of the “Best Youth Organization” was UGAB Jeunes (AGBU Youth France). In august 2011, a group of 32 volunteers, ages 18-26, Armenian and French by origin, headed by Raffi Der Agopian visited Armenia and Artsakh to implement a number of voluntary humanitarian, environmental, construction, healthcare and educational programs. In the same category awards were given to “Groong” union of Lipetzk (Russia), SIVAM (Russia), “Ararat” union (Spain), “Youth Bridge” (Georgia), and Homenetmen Lebanon (Lebanon).

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