Ditavan’s existing campus is a decrepit wooden structure built in the 1950s. Over the years, as the student body grew, a number of low-grade metal trailers were placed on the grounds of the school to accommodate more students, but this has always been a stop-gap measure, falling far short of providing basic creature comforts.
“Inside those trailers and the school building alike, it’s freezing cold in winter and stiflingly hot in summer, making it difficult for students to focus on learning,” said principal Armen Hakhverdyan. “Therefore the fact that a newly constructed, modern school will soon be available in our community is cause for celebration.”
The new campus, consisting of a two-story building, can accommodate up to 60 students. By the start of the academic year in September 2012, when the school will open its doors to Ditavan’s more than 40 students, it will be fully furnished and feature amenities such as a well-equipped computer room. Following the installation of heating and air-conditioning systems, currently crews are putting the finishing touches on the structure.
“Our benefactors, Mr. and Mrs. Ekserciyan, have done so much wonders for Ditavan, which is situated close to Armenia’s northeastern border,” said Ara Vardanyan, executive director of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund. “We’re also very happy that the Ekserciyans always make time to travel to the homeland and attend the openings of projects they have supported, becoming witness to the wonderful quality-of-life improvements that these initiatives have brought to Ditavan. It is thanks to the Ekserciyans that today the village is connected to gas and potable-water lines, and has a great community center.”
The residents of Ditavan have expressed their gratitude to the generosity of the Ekserciyans by renaming the village square after them and bestowing on the couple the title of Honorary Citizens.