22.03.2018 | 
Society
YSU SUMMER SCHOOL TO PROVIDE PROFESSIONAL SKILLS TO DIASPORA AND ARMENIAN YOUTH
YSU SUMMER SCHOOL TO PROVIDE PROFESSIONAL SKILLS TO DIASPORA AND ARMENIAN YOUTH
The “Diaspora Summer School-2018” program organized by the RA Ministry of Diaspora and Yerevan State University will be held at Yerevan State University on July 1-28, 2018. Journalist Varduhi Zakaryan talked about the peculiarities of the summer school as well as the specificity of the program for this year with Mher Hovhannisyan, Deputy Director of YSU Institute for Armenian Studies.

- Mr. Hovhannisyan, what is the purpose of the “Diaspora Summer School”?

 

- Since 2012 YSU has been implementing the “Diaspora Summer School” program with the Ministry of Diaspora. The project has five thematic areas: Training for Young Leaders and Community Workers, Journalists Training, Teaching of Armenian Language Teachers, Educational Workers, Accelerated Armenian Language Skills and National Song and Dance. The Summer School is not only cognitive, but it also aims to provide participants with new professional qualifications. Programs "Teaching of Armenian Language Teachers, Educational Workers" and "Accelerated Study of Armenian Language" will last for a month and the other two weeks. I would also like to note that apart from academic lectures, our participants will have professional visits to various institutions such as Government, National Assembly, Ministries, schools, etc. Among the important components of the program are cultural visits, as well as national songs and dance classes. A special work is being carried out to introduce our participants to non-governmental organizations operating in Armenia and the Diaspora, so all the cooperation proposals of various organizations are welcomed.

 

- What changes have been made during these years and what are your outcomes today?

 

- From 2016, when I took on the program’s organizational responsibilities, work was done to solve a number of issues. Particularly, the process of enrolling in school has been solved by moving to an electronic platform, allowing for repetitions and discrepancies of the participants to meet the project requirements. Summer school participants have a broad field of communication, as young people need to communicate with their peers. The program coincides with the vacation period of the students, so we included volunteers in the program whose registration process has already been launched. The course provides volunteer students with the opportunity to gain additional professional knowledge and skills, to visit Armenian cultural and historical monuments and museums, as well as meet representatives of state-owned structures. Therefore, I encourage our students to join our program once again. This initiative has one important mission. Diaspora-Armenian and Armenian youth through various social websites, actively engage in correspondence with each other on virtual platforms, allowing them to become participants in different projects and projects in the future. In this sense, "Diaspora Summer School" is really exemplary. Additionally, at the end of the school the participants will receive certificates from the RA Ministry of Diaspora and YSU.

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