Hamazkayin Central Executive Discusses Cultural Reawakening

BEIRUT–The Hamazkayin Cultural and Educational Foundation held its second general meeting of the 1998-2002 term at the Shaghozian Center in Beirut. Alongside Hamazkayin members–representatives and officials from Armenia and the Diaspora also participated in the meetings. During the six sessions of meetings–the organizational ability of the Hamazkayin in Armenia and the Diaspora was evaluated. Plans were put forth for the upcoming months and the plans for improving the activity of the Hamazkayin in the community were considered. The work done by the Hamazkayin in France–Greece–Canada–Syria and the United States was commended for its relentless pursuit of serving the Armenian community and educating the youth through various outreach programs in the spheres of culture–history–music–art–and education. The difficulties which exist in implementing the work of the Hamazkayin in Lebanon–expressed by the community in that region were addressed and reevaluated. Plans for pushing programs and raising the awareness of the community to work alongside the Hamazkayin were discussed.

A special advisory committee to the Hamazkayin office in Yerevan is to be set up which will help develop agenda for the all important task of keeping close relations between Armenia and the Diaspora.

In the realm of education–the meeting discussed the task of strengthening educational programs and restructuring the already existing educational facilities to better serve the community–a job which of course goes both ways and depends heavily on the community’s involvement and close interaction. The Nshan Palanjian and the Melanton & Haig Arslanian jemarans were highly commended for their educational and budgetary improvement which help improve relations with the administrations of these schools.

The Hamazkayin is also going to call upon the support of the European Armenian communities to help in the building of a new school alongside the jemaran in Marseilles on land provided by the city council. The school is going to cost close to $3 million to build. The central executive is convinced that the communities will rise in financial support of building a new school for generations of young Diaspora Armenia’s to come. It is only with their support that the school is to become a reality.

As far as printing offices are involved–the Hamazkayin is taking on new projects of providing books and other reading materials for the Armenian world community. As a result of the hard work of the Hamazkayin over the last two years–the Vahe Setian printing office has been reopened–which is going to help service the printing needs of the organization. The distribution of Armenian literature is a crucial goal of the Hamazkayin Foundation–which is going to establish a web page to expedite the process of reaching the communities. Also–a priority for the Hamazkayin is to help establish young Armenian writers by distributing and helping finance the writing of new literature which will help serve a new generation of readers with new works and new ideas.

The work of the Diaspora educational forum which the Hamazkayin helps fund was also evaluated based on the performance of the program over the last four years. Its success was commended and plans were made to enlarge the program to include Syria and new parts of Armenia. Hamazkayin would also like to thank those people and organizations which have contributed to the success of the program.

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