The festive opening ceremony at the Vaghuhas campus began with blessings offered by Father Hovhannes Havhannisyan, pastor of the local Saint Mary the Virgin Church, and Father Ruben Zargaryan, who represented the Holy See of Ejmiatsin in the delegation.
The ceremony was also attended by Vladik Khachatryan, Artsakh’s minister of Education and Science, who stated in his remarks: “The Armenian people has endured through the ages thanks to its venerable traditions of learning. Our schools are sacred institutions through which we must continue the heroic path of our survival.” Referring to the newly built school, Khachatryan added, “This marvelous structure, with its modern amenities, is a great gift to the community.”
On his part, Ara Vardanyan expressed hope that the new campus will produce the future scientists and intellectuals of the Armenian nation.
The construction of the school was made possible through a contribution by Samvel Aleksanyan, proprietor of the Alex Grig company; funds raised by the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund’s 2008 Telethon; and additional support from the government of Artsakh. The project included the complete furnishing of the campus, which has a total area of 2,140 square meters and can accommodate up to 240 students. The facility’s amenities include central heating and around-the-clock access to water. Currently 140 students, among them children from the neighboring village of Khnkavan, attend the school.
Following the opening ceremony in Vaghuhas, the delegation officiated the opening of the rebuilt tenth and eleventh segments of Stepanakert’s potable-water network. The reconstruction project was made possible through the support of the Russian-Armenian community and funds raised by the 2010 Telethon.
Today the rebuilt section of the network supply water to central Stepanakert as well as the Armenavan and Stepges neighborhoods.
As noted during the opening ceremony in Stepanakert, a newly built fountain on Davit Bek Street will henceforth serve as a symbol of the precious gift of water, presented to the city by the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund.