Co-sponsored by the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund’s French affiliate and the government of Artsakh, the construction of the kindergarten was made possible through the financial support of Jean-Michel Grunberg, chairman of French toy manufacturer Ludendo Group, and Michel Pazoumian, chairman of the French companies Berenice and Eurelia. Grunberg and Pazoumian have made their contributions in memory of Emmanuel de Labarre, a fund benefactor who during the last years of his life was a key supporter of development projects in Artsakh.
The opening ceremony was attended by several Artsakh dignitaries comprising Prime Minister Araik Harutyunyan, National Assembly Vice-president Artur Tovmasyan, and other officials as well as a delegation of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund, which included visiting benefactors from France.
The vital need for a new kindergarten has been felt in Ghuze Chartar since 1988, when the village seceded from neighboring Chartar, becoming a separate administrative unit. Prior to the opening of the new kindergarten this year, local preschoolers, numbering 40, received their education at an interim kindergarten, consisting of two classrooms in the 1930s-built village school.
With its colorful faÁades, vibrant interior decoration, and up-to-date furnishings, the new campus makes for a wonderful environment for children and has already become Ghuze Chartar’s pride and joy. The two-story structure features comfortable playrooms and naprooms as well as lockers, a fully appointed modern kitchen, a laundry, and a clinic. In addition, the kindergarten has central heating and air-conditioning, and boasts a large, attractively landscaped playground.
In her remarks during the opening ceremony, Principal Hasmik Harutyunyan said, “Our long-cherished dream is now a reality, and soon our children will become the denizens of this marvelous castle.” Harutyunyan and her faculty are currently developing the curriculum of the kindergarten, which can accommodate up to 80 students.
“Ensuring ideal conditions for the education and moral upbringing of our children is the foundation stone of their future,” said Ara Vardanyan, executive director of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund.
In his speech during the ceremony, Prime Minister Harutyunyan mentioned that Ghuze Chartar is Artsakh’s largest rural community and reaffirmed his government’s commitment to supporting further development initiatives in the village.
One of the Martuni Region’s 40 villages, Ghuze Chartar is located some 20 kilometers from the Azerbaijani border and has a population of close to 1,800.