WARM CLOTHES TO SYRIAN-ARMENIANS

 

The Government of the Republic of Armenia, the RA Diaspora Ministry’s Syrian-Armenians Relief Coordination Center NGO, AGBU, the Armenian Apostolic Church and others continue various assistance programs for those Syrian-Armenians who were forced to move to Armenia due to the escalating conflict in Syria. In January, a new assistance program - distributing winter clothing - kicked off. Providing Syrian-Armenians with warm clothes to endure the cold winter of Armenia had become a matter of considerable urgency, given that many of them had left their homes in Syria taking only items of vital importance.

INTERNATIONAL DELEGATION COMMEMORATES THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE IN ISTANBUL

 

An unprecedented joint delegation of AGBU Europe and EGAM - European Grassroots Antiracist Movement - comprised of 20 people from 15 European countries, gathered in Istanbul to commemorate the Armenian Genocide of 1915. They were invited by DurDe! (Say Stop to Racism and Nationalism), a Turkish organization that has been commemorating the Armenian Genocide for the past four years. On April 24, symbolically at 19:15, up to 2,000 Turks, Armenians and others peacefully gathered at Istanbul's centrally-located Taksim Square in an emotional moment of mourning, commemoration and solidarity. Earlier in the day, they also gathered outside the former Sultanahmed Prison (now a museum), where Armenian intellectuals, professionals and others arrested on April 24, 1915, were first jailed, before being taken away and murdered. A strong police presence kept watch as a small gathering of protesters shouted nationalist slogans nearby.

AGBU ARMENIAN VIRTUAL COLLEGE AT GIRLS IN ICT INTERNATIONAL FORUM

 

The 21st century is the Age of Techology, as computers and hi-tech dominate every aspect of life today. However, the global mass computerization is believed to have started nearly 200 years ago with the pioneer being a female mathematician Ada Lovelace, the daughter of Byron. The international Girls in ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) Day, celebrated on April 25 this year, aims to involve more women and girls in the IT sphere. The Girls in ICT event in Armenia was held by Women and Information Society NGO, headed by Founder and President Narine Abazyan. “The growing IT sector in Armenia can be a brilliant career choice for many Armenian women.” This was the message of the conference held at the American University of Armenia (AUA), where AGBU’s Armenian Virtual College (AVC) participated as a successful and purely technology-based company. Outstanding women from leading hi-tech companies presented their success stories to 200 young girls from 18 schools and universities. Opening remarks were delivered by AUA President Dr. Bruce Boghosian, US Agency for International Development (USAID) Armenia Mission Director Ms. Karen Hilliard, and others.

AGBU AND AUA TO HELP SPARK ECONOMIC GROWTH IN KARABAKH. AGBU PLEDGES $575,000 TO LAUNCH CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS AND ADULTS

 

 

STEPANAKERT--The American University of Armenia (AUA) and the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) have launched a collaborative initiative to help reignite the workforce in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. AGBU and AUA issued the announcement on Wednesday, April 3 during a ribbon cutting ceremony at Stepanakert School #3, attended by Karabakh Speaker of Parliament Ashot Ghoulian, Karabakh Prime Minister Ara Harutyunyan and other government officials. Following the ceremony, AUA hosted two open house events at the school, introducing its graduate, undergraduate and extension programs to the local community. While in Stepanakert, the AUA and AGBU delegation also visited with Nagorno-Karabakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan, who is a strong proponent for developing Karabakh's education system. “We are fully aware of what the American University of Armenia brings to Karabakh and I can assure you that we will do everything to support you fully,” said President Sahakyan. “More importantly, we will express our thanks and appreciation through our advancement as a result of your work. I believe this will be the best measure of your success.” To achieve this ambitious goal, AGBU has committed $575,000 over five-years to support a comprehensive Continuing Education Program (CEP) in Karabakh through AUA Extension.

SEMIFINALS OF AGBU-SPONSORED 7TH REPUBLICAN INTERSCHOOL CHESS TOURNAMENT

 

 

 

Between March 25-April 10, people of all ages throughout Armenia, Nagorno Karabakh and Javakhk (Georgia) were once again submerged into the passions of chess. The winners of the 2nd phase continued to compete in the semi-finals of the 7th Republican Interschool Chess Tournament. Close to 5,000 students, ages 7-17, between grades 1-12 and representing over 1,000 schools, participate in the annual tournament, sponsored by the Chess Academy of Armenia, RA Ministry of Education and AGBU. During Round 1, the tournament was held within schools. Winning teams proceeded to Round 2 and competed against other schools within their same communities. Winners went on to regional semi-finals competitions. During the semi-finals, AGBU Central Board Member Vasken Yacoubian, AGBU Armenia Director Arpi Vartanian and AGBU Armenia Special Projects Coordinators Inessa Margaryan and Anna Aghajanyan visited all the regions of Armenia and Stepanakert to distribute prizes. All participating teams were awarded victory cups, stationery sets and USB Memory sticks. Winners of the semi-finals received cellular phones and trophy cups. Selected regional chess academies, also received projectors. The regional winners will move on to compete in the national finals to take place in Tsakhkadzor (Kotayk region) between May 7-10. AGBU will again provide awards to the winning teams and their coaches. While all semi-final tournaments and awards ceremonies were special, the visit to Armavir was exceptional – both for the students and for AGBU. Grandmaster Tigran Petrosyan, two-time Olympic Champion, accompanied the AGBU delegation to Armavir, helped distribute prizes and played a rapid chess match with the students. The unforgettable surprise visit by the Grandmaster is sure to prove inspirational for these young students of chess who hope to one day follow in the footsteps of their hero. The awards ceremony in Yerevan was attended by the Mayor of Yerevan Taron Margaryan, Chess Academy President Smbat Lputyan, AGBU Central Board Member Vasken Yacoubian and AGBU Armenia Director Arpi Vartanian. Since 2008, the Interschool Tournament, an initiative of the Armenian Chess Federation, under the auspices of the Republic of Armenia's Ministry of Education and Science, has produced many players who graduate to the professional level. One winner, when asked what she got out of playing chess, simply said, "Chess is my life."

 
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