Armenia Fund, Inc. opens the largest school Fund has ever constructed
Posted on September 02, 2010
With a jubilant ribbon-cutting ceremony held on September 2 in Stepanakert, Artsakh, the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund marked the opening of the newly constructed No. 11 (V. Jhangiryan) School. At 3,500 square meters,the campus is the largest ever built by the fund and stands apart with its striking architecture. The close to 1 billion AMD (around U.S. $2.7 million) cost of the project was underwritten jointly by the Armenia Fund, Inc. (through a contribution by Armenian-American benefactors Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Trpanjian) and the government of Nagorno Karabakh.

Dignitaries attending the opening ceremony, which took place on the 19th anniversary of Artsakh’s independence, included Tigran Sargsyan, prime minister of Armenia; Armen Gevorgyan, deputy prime minister of Armenia; Arkadi Ghukasyan, second president of Artsakh and vice-president of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund Board of Trustees; Ara Vardanyan, executive director of the fund; and Ara Agishian, chairman of the Armenia Fund U.S. Western Region from the Armenian side; and Araik Harutyunyan, prime minister of Artsakh; Vladik Khachatryan, minister of education and science of Artsakh; other representatives of the community administration from the Artsakh side.

Following his blessing of the campus, Archbishop Pargev Martirosyan conveyed his heartfelt congratulations and stated his wish that “the Lord safeguard the sacred trinity of Armenia, Artsakh, and the diaspora.”

“It is not coincidental that this wonderful new school is being opened on Artsakh’s Independence Day,” said Prime Minister Sargsyan in his opening remarks. “It expresses our great hope that the students of this educational institution will help shape the future of Artsakh.”

The three buildings of the campus comprise classrooms, administrative offices, and a gymnasium, respectively. The many unique architectural elements of the school include a graceful, semicircular glass entrance, which ensures maximum sunlight; wide
passageways that connect the buildings; and the administrative building’s circular staircase, which lends a distinct charm to the foyer.

In addition to its 25 classrooms, the three-story school features chemistry and physics labs, a computer room, a library, and a room for crafts and vocational studies. Among the modern amenities of the campus are a canteen, a medical clinic, well-laid-out emergency exits, and a boiler room.

The school compound also features up-to-date landscaping, including a green front area with grass plots cultivated by students.

In his speech during the opening ceremony, the executive director of the fund Ara Vardanyan addressed the student body. “This is your school; it was built for you,” he said. “It is through the knowledge you acquire here that the future of our homeland will be forged.”

Prior to the official opening of the school, on September 1, students were familiarized with their new campus when they were given a tour of the compound, accompanied by parents and teachers. Their enthusiasm was touchingly evident throughout the ribboncutting ceremony the next day.

The Armenia Fund U.S. Western Region’s Ara Agishian began his remarks by conveying his profound gratitude to benefactors Mr. and Mrs. Trpanjian. Subsequently Agishian addressed his words to the students. “This educational institution is your second home,” he said. “I have no doubt that you will always take great care of it.”

This year 400 high-school students will attend the new campus, which can accommodate 560 pupils. In the meantime elementary- and middle-school students will continue to attend the former school adjacent to the newly constructed building. According to principal Aida Grigoryan, classes are being scheduled in a way that elementary- and middle-school students can likewise take advantage of the new school’s key facilities, particularly the playground, gym, library, and computer room.

In her speech during the opening ceremony, Grigoryan thanked the benefactors and added, “Today you have presented us with this magnificent school, where generations of students will receive top-notch education.”

On August 29, during a working visit to Artsakh, Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan stopped by the new campus of the No. 11 School, with the accompaniment of Artsakh president Bako Sahakyan, high-ranking officials, and Hayastan All-Armenian Fund
executive director Ara Vardanyan walked through the various facilities of the compound and was familiarized with its state-of-the-art features.