On December 3, 4 and 5 of the current year, the Hamazkayin Central Executive Board convened its quadrennial (2014-2018) plenary meeting in the Beirut office.
The meeting primarily listened to the activity reports of regions, and gladly confirmed that the Hamazkayin network gradually expands and becomes younger. The establishment of the new Kuwait Chapter is the best proof of it. The meeting also emphasized the importance of cooperation between the different chapters, which significantly exists between the three regional executive boards of Western and Eastern USA, and Canada. Such cooperation is of great importance and aims to introduce the Hamazkayin’s activities to the students and to young people of those areas in the best way.
The meeting discussed the issue of the North American office of Hamazkayin, clarified the course and content of its future activities, as well as the ways of obtaining and increasing the financial assistance.
The next issue of the agenda concerned the administrative and educational problems of educational institutions operating under the auspices of the Central Executive Board. The meeting also examined the situation in Marseille Djemaran, "Arshak and Sophie Golsten" Seminary in Sydney, as well as the Hamazkayin 'Targmanchats″ College of Paris.
Discussing the work done in M. & H. Arslanian Djemaran by its new principal and her further projects planned, the participants of the meeting noted with satisfaction that Djemaran had entered a new phase of modernization, and would certainly and uninterruptedly continue its mission to provide high-quality and solid Armenian upbringing along with academic education.
Concerning the training courses for future teachers of Armenian for Armenian schools in the Diaspora, the meeting decided to promote additionally the Armenian Studies and school administration programs implemented in cooperation with Yerevan State University.
The meeting separately discussed the annual reports of its other institutions, such as "Vahe Sethian" Printing and Publishing House, and "Lucy Tutunjian″ Art Gallery. Recording that during the past year those institutions achieved successful results, the meeting adopted decisions in favor of them. As for the "Bagin" literary magazine, the meeting approved the generation change in the editorial staff, and noted that the current editor and editorial board would be able to carry out the mission to be the primary literary-philosophical magazine for the Diaspora successfully.
Discussing the changes to its personnel during the past year, the Central Executive Board expressed hope that the Hamazkayin office in Yerevan and its new administration would continue their cultural activities with conferences, competitions, and publications.
The meeting appreciated the launched electronic games ″Lala And Ara – Color World″ teaching the Armenian language to children in Western and Eastern versions, and decided to widely promote the launch of the game’s next series called "Lala and Ara-World of Shapes", "Lala and Ara-World of Numbers" and "Lala and Ara-World of Letters".
Regarding the project, which aims to introduce our culture to the Armenian youth and to instill love towards the Armenian culture through internet, the Central Executive Board decided to continue the preparatory work and to publicize it during the coming year.
To clarify the further course of the Hamazkayin Annual Student Forum, the Central Executive Board’s plenary meeting discussed some relating issues and the organization of promotional activities.
All above-mentioned issues are a part of the Hamazkayin's strategic plan, and the meeting thoroughly examined the projects carried out in different fields in accordance with it, and concluded that they are being successfully implemented. However, a range of other cultural and educational initiatives is still necessary to implement, and the Central Executive Board remains committed and assumes responsibility.
Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society
Central Executive Board
Beirut, December 6, 2016