The official inauguration of the school will take place in May 2010 conditioned by the visit of the sponsors and benefactors.
Attending the opening ceremony were Nagorno-Karabakh minister of education Vladik Khachatryan, head of the Martuni administration Lyudmila Azizyan, Hayastan Fund Executive Director Ara Vardanyan, Deputy Director Ararat Khlghatyan, principal of the school Shiraz Hayrapetyan, mayor of Spitakashen Armen Khachatryan, residents of the Spitakashen.
The new building is immediately well distinguished within the rural landscape background. In a few weeks the school will receive its 74 pupils with its well-equipped and heated classrooms, well-lit library, beautiful events hall, and a large playground. The school designed for 130 students, and if necessary, will accommodate students from close-by villages.
“School construction is a major development goal of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund, which has already built more than 200 kindergartens and schools throughout Artsakh and Armenia, and today this list was replenished with a new project. I hope that down the years, these children will contribute their knowledge to the welfare of our homeland”, said Ara Vardanyan, the Fund’s Executive Director.
“The old school built in 1935 had become not only terribly unsafe for students and teachers but it also lacked almost all the elementary facilities. In order to enter the school, the pupils had to pass through the cultural center located on the ground floor of the building. Today 74 students are able to attend a wonderfully appointed and comfortable school, a fact that will have the added benefit of raising the overall quality of education”, said the school’s principal Shiraz Hayrapetyan addressing his words of gratitude to the Artsakh Government and Fund’s Toronto affiliate.
We would note that the funds for the construction and furnishing of the school were gathered due to several meetings and fundraising events conducted by the Fund’s Toronto affiliate. Among those events was a six-day bike ride jointly organized by the Toronto and USA Western Region affiliates in this September resulting in $50 000, which, like the previous year, benefited the construction of the school in Spitakashen village. This is already the fifth school sponsored by the Toronto affiliate. Before this they have financed the construction of schools in the villages Verin Horatagh and Mataghis of Martakert Region, Shosh village of Askeran Region as well as physico-mathematical school in Stepanakert.
Spitakashen was the site of another major development project in 2008, when the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund, with financing from its Argentinean affiliate, ended the village’s longstanding potable-water crisis by building a water-distribution system thus providing 110 families with round the clock drinking water.