By Gayane Muradyan
YEREVAN — The Tekeyan Cultural Association’s Sponsor a Teacher program has been carried out continuously for the past 10 years at the initiative of the Tekeyan Cultural Association (TCA) of the United States and Canada.
The Board of Directors of the TCA of the United States and Canada, headed by Maro Bedrosian, decided to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the program in a fitting manner last year. On that occasion, I, as the coordinator of the ongoing program in Armenia, was invited to the United States and Canada.
The jubilee celebrations of the Sponsor a Teacher program, which began in New York and continued in Philadelphia, Montreal, Toronto, Detroit, Chicago and Los Angeles, started with the showing of a documentary film. The film is an interesting account of the work done over the past 10 years, the visits made by TCA members to schools named after poet Vahan Tekeyan during their sojourn in Armenia, as well as personal participation and involvement in the program. The participants in the celebrations held in all the aforementioned cities believed, trusted and willingly participated in the Sponsor a Teacher program, and the glaring proof of that is the fact that it has been in existence for 10 years.
As we have previously mentioned, this time the Sponsor a Teacher program started from the Tekeyan School in Berdzor, Nagorno-Karabagh Republic, and continued from there to Stepanavan, Gumri, Garpi and Yerevan.
Every year, the teachers in the schools await the realization of the program with a feeling of gratitude. Upon receipt of financial assistance, they convey their profound thanks to the donors and organizers of the Sponsor a Teacher program, wishing them all the best, health and longevity.