Armenian Cause to Be Taught in Armenia

Ninth grade classes of certain schools in Armenia are being taught about the Armenian Cause using a new textbook by Roubina Piroumian. While in Armenia–Piroumian met with many of the Armenian teachers–to show them how to implement the textbook in their teachings. In an interview with Noyan Tapan–Piroumian stated the importance in making the youth aware of the injustices of the past.

The textbook contains the different facets of the Armenian Cause starting from early struggles to present issues. The author considers the Armenian Cause to be the cause of the entire Armenian nation regardless of political affiliations. The book addresses the Armenian Genocide–presenting it as a crime against humanity and not just a national problem. Also presented are the histories of other genocides that have taken place around the world. Piroumian added the significant role the Genocide plays in the mindset of Diaspora Armenia’s. She emphasized the continuous struggle of the Diaspora in pursuing Genocide recognition.

The author mentioned the use of special methods in preparation of the textbook which enables students to grasp concepts more easily. There is also a teacher’s manual to help teachers in lesson planning. Piroumian mentioned former Minister of Education and Science Levon Megerdichian’s initial desire to incorporate the teaching of the Armenian Cause in Armenia’s educational system. She also thanked the historians Lendroush Khourshoudian–Valder Diloyan–Aram Nazarian–Arakel Gyulboodaghian for their efforts in the preparation of the textbook.

Publication of the textbook was made possible by the Armenian Education Foundation and Greek-Armenian philanthropist Haroutioun Sarajian.

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