ARS Delegation Visits Karabakh for Health, Education Cooperation Talks

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STEPANAKERT—An Armenian Relief Society delegation traveled to the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic early this month where they met with Karabakh’s Prime Minister and Minister of Education and Science for talks on the status of 11 ARS Kindergartens in the republic.

The delegation, which met with Prime Minister Arayik Harutiunian and Minister Vladik Khachatrian on November 5, included ARS Chairperson Vicky Marashlian, ARS Executive Director Jirair Beujekian, ARS Artsakh Chairperson Margarita Taranian and ARF Artsakh Central Committee Representative, Davit Ishkhanian.

The delegation discussed with the two officials the possibility of securing the necessary means for allowing the 11 “Soseh” kindergartens to continue functioning and serving to their communities. The meeting also covered the need for increased involvement of women in the social sphere of the Republic, and the ARS expectations to that end.

The two ministers were also briefed on the various ARS educational, health and humanitarian programs presently being implemented in Artsakh.

Later in the day, Marashlian, Beujekian and Taranian met with Karabakh Health Minister Gevorg Gevorgian to discuss a recent shipment from the ARS of hospital beds to the Health Ministry, as well as future programs planned by the ARS.

Gevorgian expressed his appreciation for the ARS’s efforts to coordinate its activities with the Ministry. The ARS representatives reiterated the organization’s commitment to ongoing cooperation with the Ministry.

On November 6, the ARS delegation attended the opening ceremony of a recently renovated building at the Hadrut region’s Taghlar village ARS “Soseh” Kindergarten. In use for almost a decade, construction work on the building began late this summer. The kindergarten has 65 pupils divided into three age groups.

Hadrut’s governor, present at the opening ceremony, pledged to soon begin renovation of the ARS kindergarten in the village of Togh.

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