By Gayane Muradyan
BERDZOR, Artsakh – The times have changed, and so has the educational environment in Berdzor’s Vahan Tekeyan Middle School No. 1, located in the Kashatagh (Lachin) District.
At present, around 200 students study in the Berdzor school, and they now have the possibility of studying in the fourth renovated classroom, which bears the name of Sarkis Hatsbanian. The renovation of the classroom was supported by the Tchobanian Institute of Paris.
The inauguration of the renovated classroom took place on April 21. The president of the Tchobanian Institute, Varoujan Sirapian, was present, along with Gayane Muradyan, representative of the Tekeyan Cultural Association of the United States and Canada, Artsakh Minister of Education, Science and Sports Narine Aghabalyan, Davit Davtyan, head of the district administration of Kashatagh, and school administrators, teachers and students.
School principal Anahit Kosakyan declared that the students of the school, participating in various competitions and Olympiads, have always stood out due to their high achievements and won prizes and awards. In the last year and a half, their progress and enthusiasm increased further when they were able to study in several bright, clean and warm classrooms renovated thanks to outside aid, including the Armenian language and literature room (Canada), the history room, dedicated to Hrant Dink (Canada), the military preparation room (France) and now the patriotism course room dedicated to Sarkis Hatsbanian (France).
Kosakyan stressed that the dedication of this fourth classroom to Hatsbanian was a unanimous decision of the entire administration and teaching staff in recognition of his service in the Artsakh War and to the Armenian homeland.