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AGBU ARMENIAN VIRTUAL COLLEGE TRIP TO TBILISI, GEORGIA

The AGBU Armenian Virtual College (AVC) has intensively been expanding its curricula by enriching its programs with interesting educational and entertaining social and cultural events. One such event recently took place during an AVC visit to Tbilisi, Georgia. AVC online instructors visited Armenian cultural centers, met AVC partners and students, and prepared materials for virtual tours to be presented to AVC students in the future. On May 10, AVC instructors visited Hayartun, the cultural, educational and youth center of the Diocese of Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church of Holy Echmiadzin situated in Avlabari, Tbilisi. Hayartun plays a significant role for the Georgian-Armenian community, the members of which are very active and remain faithful to their national values and language. It is not by chance that Hayartun has actively implementated AVC’s Hybrid School programs in Tbilisi. The AVC office in Hayartun center of Tbilisi was established on October 8, 2011. The official opening of the AVC Lab in Tbilisi took place in February 2012. Ms. Yevgenya Markosyan, the pre-school education coordinator and AVC Hybrid School teacher in Tbilisi, shared her thoughts about AVC’s role and activities in the center of Hayartun, about the learning processes and successes stating that, “The Georgian Armenians today mainly speak Russian or Georgian and there was a great deal of enthusiasm when AVC Hybrid School program was introduced in Tbilisi.” Markosyan spoke of Hayartun’s and AVC’s plans for future collaboration: “Soon, we hope to have a new and more convenient AVC classroom in the Hovhannes Toumanyan Museum and continue the already-established nice traditions of the hybrid school in Tbilisi.” The representatives of the Cultural Center and the Director of Hayartun Levon Chidilyan and some AVC students welcomed the AVC team in the Center and expressed their gratitude to AVC. Angela Sarkisyan, an AVC student, noted, “We are very grateful to AVC for helping us develop, maintain and revitalize our Armenian identity by enhancing our knowledge of Armenian Language, History and Culture. This is so important here as many Armenians don’t even speak Armenian.” The AVC team visited several Armenian Churches and other cultural centers, including the Armenian Pantheon of Tbilisi also known as Khojivank, an architectural complex in the northeastern part of Avlabari, Tbilisi. In the evening, the AVC team attended a concert dedicated to the celebration of Shushi’s Liberation and WWII Victory days. The concert was held at the Art Hall of Tbilisi. AVC’s mission is to provide Armenian education to anyone and anywhere. Through pure online teaching or blended, hybrid methods, AVC reaches students in all corners of the world.

 
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