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AGBU-AVC PRESENTED IN MOSCOW

Dr. Yervant Zoryan, Member of the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) Central Board of Directors, and Mr. Ashot Ghazarian, Director of the AGBU Armenian Representation visited Moscow, Russia, from September 18-21, to meet with students and Armenian community of Moscow and present the AGBU’s educational and youth projects in general and particularly the Armenian Virtual College (AVC)...

Dr. Yervant Zoryan, Member of the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) Central Board of Directors, and Mr. Ashot Ghazarian, Director of the AGBU Armenian Representation visited Moscow, Russia, from September 18-21, to meet with students and Armenian community of Moscow and present the AGBU’s educational and youth projects in general and particularly the Armenian Virtual College (AVC) – AGBU’s newest contribution to Armenian education. The AVC was officially launched in June 2009 and deservedly joined the wide range of educational and youth projects being implemented by the AGBU for decades including internships, educational trips, scout camps, YP groups in different parts of the world with substantial Armenian communities. During their Moscow visit the AGBU representatives made two presentations - one at the Moscow State University after Lomonosov, and the second at the Youth Center of the Armenian Apostolic Church - attended by the Armenian students of the MSU, members of the youth union of the Armenian Apostolic Church, representatives of the Armenian community, teachers and students of the Youth Center, other guests. Dr. Zoryan and Mr. Ghazarian presented the AGBU activities with a special emphasis on youth projects. As the Founding Chairman of the AGBU Armenian Virtual College Dr. Zoryan also made separate presentations about the AVC. After the presentation, two of AVC students from Moscow Tatul Adzhamian and Vartan Marashlian,who were in the audience, shared their first hand experience about AVC expressing their enthusiasm regarding its impact. Bishop Yezras Nersisian, Primate of the Armenian Diocese of Russia and Nor Nakhijevan, who was also present at the presentation in Youth Center, stated in his closing speech, "For over 100 years the AGBU around the world, along with the Armenian Church, maintained the identity and the faith of the Armenian nation". During their stay in Moscow the AGBU representatives also met with Bishop Yezras Nersisian, Primate of the Armenian Diocese of Russia and Nor Nakhijevan, and Armen Smbatian, RA Ambassador to Russian Federation, who, in their turn, pledged to support AGBU in the implementation of educational and youth projects in Russia. Together with Bishop Yezras Nersisian the guests visited the new Armenian Church being constructed in the center of Moscow. This visit revealed a huge potential for the application of the new educational methods offered by the AGBU and reconfirmed the current need for programs like AVC among the Diaspora Armenians. The presented programs of the Union raised great interest among the Armenians of Russia and will definitely have their contribution in the preservation of Armenian identity and heritage in one of the biggest Armenian communities of the world.

 

 

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