In the village of Togh, in the Hadrut region of Artsakh, the student camping has been launched for the fourth time. Unlike the previous year’s events, this year it has also united other Armenian universities, as well as Artsakh and Javakhk students. 9 groups of the Pan-Armenian Military Camping, which symbolize nine defensive regions of Artsakh, will try their skills in intellectual, cultural and sports competitions for a week and participate in military exercises and attend lectures.
In Artsakh, students live in military tents, sleep on military beds. The day is also military. Morning begins with gymnastics and ends with a roll call.
According to Vahagn Varagyan, Director of YSU Student Affairs Centre, the program has two important implications: “Participants will be in the military unit, learn of the combat readiness, and second, living in a military daily life, they will realize what kind of efforts our soldiers are making to protect our homeland.”
On the first day, students visited one of the military units in the Hadrut region, where 9 groups tried their best to stretch the string and pull the punch. The first result was recorded by the 1st group.
After the visit to the military unit, participants left for pilgrimage to one of the oldest buildings in Artsakh, which is Amaras Monastery. Then they had the opportunity to see the famous Tnjry tree, which is 2033 years old. During the day, Tigran Abrahamyan, advisor to the President of the Republic of Artsakh, security expert, met with the students, who spoke about military and political problems in the region.
There will also be lectures, fire training classes, folk dance lessons and hiking. The students will visit in coming days Melik-Yeganians’ palace; they will go to Mount Dizapayt, make a pilgrimage to St. Kataro Monastery.