Public Administration Academy of RA will be hosting 21 young people from the Diaspora from July 21 to August 3. They will participate in the training of young leaders of Diaspora.
The training has been organized in the framework of the program “Step into the Home” of the Office of the High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs. Another group of young people will take part in the trainings for the national dance teachers and choir conductors at Yerevan State University.
The opening ceremony was on July 21. Yerem Simonyan – Deputy head of the Office of the High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs welcomed the young people on behalf of the High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs Zareh Sinanyan. Deputy Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport Narine Tukhikyan, PAARA Rector Arsen Lokyan and Vice-Rector of Yerevan State University Elina Asriyan also greeted the guests.
The PAARA Rector believed that the young people from Diaspora will take a small piece of their fatherland with them and will share it with the others.
It is the first time the Public Administration Academy is participating in this program of trainings. And this cooperation is not an end in itself. As for the Head of the Department of culture, sport and youth programs of the department of pan-Armenian programs of the Office of the High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs Greta Mnatsakanyan, the Public Administration Academy of RA has its special role in preparation of administrators and public servants in the system of higher education of Armenia. And his was the purpose for making a decision to cooperate with the Academy within the framework of training courses.
“Young people from Iran, France, Georgia, Ukraine and Russia participate in the trainings. They are 18-35 years old, and are active in the activities of their communities. They are heads or representatives of youth organizations” said Greta Mnatsakanyan. “The aim of the course is to contribute to organization and consolidation of the youth potential in the communities of Diaspora, community activities, development of administrative skills and capacities for community administration.
The course includes lectures, meetings with public officials, representatives of sport and youth organizations, religious leaders, representatives of repatriates, as well as historical and cultural sightseeing.
The Head of the Department of culture, sport and youth programs informed that the choice of participants has been made due to their applications, and the guarantee of the community leader has been considered. The applicants have provided personal data, purposes and motivation of participation, as well as their vision how to share their knowledge with the other young people of their communities.
In the election of topics of lectures, the preference was given to the most contemporary and urgent themes. Then, along with the administration of PAARA, relevant specialists were chosen. The participants have an opportunity to get not only the knowledge which develops leadership skills, but also to discuss any issue in the framework of the contemporary Armenian life.
The participants will be in Ijevan on July 27. The visit will be organized with the help of World Vision. They will be Lori on Sunday. They will visit Dsegh, museum oh Hovhannes Tumanyan, as well as COAF Smart center.
Though it is the second of trainings, but the participants are very impressed, and they have a clear opinion about Armenia where most of them visit the first time.
Marina Sargsyan is from Moscow. She has recently quit the office of the Chairman of the Armenian Youth Union of Moscow. But she is still vice-chairman of the Union. She highly appreciates the integration of students in the Armenian reality, because she wants the Armenians not to lose each other in that gigantic city, and make them know that they have a real Armenian family in their universities. The Youth Union organizes language courses, dance lessons, and actively cooperates with the Embassy. For example, a meeting was organized with the High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs Zareh Sinanyan a few days ago.
“We’ve listened to very interesting lectures which refer to our activities. We’ve received information which we need in our work. I have very positive impression. The lecturers try to share the information in a very easy way. If needed, they stop and explain once more. I would like to get acquainted with the other participants and their experience. I am also interested in the meetings with the Armenian politicians. I hope we will get answers to our questions”.
Suzanna Khachatryan – member of Armenian Cultural Center of Perm, was in Armenia for the first time. The trainings helped her to feel a part of the Armenian culture, then to get acquainted with the point of views of the Armenian officials and leaders about leadership. She is confident that the knowledge she got here will be useful in her activities.
“First of all, I hope to get knowledge about leadership” said Nadya Azarenko – executive director of the Armenian Community of Kiev. “there are changes in this sphere every year: new methods, laws, and new means of administration. So, education really matters in this field. I am very proud of being here. Secondly, relationship between Armenia and Ukrainian community should be improved. We don’t want to let Armenia lose its Diaspora. Our goal is to keep Armenian culture, language and traditions. It is impossible without tight ties with our fatherland”.
Professor Mariam Margaryan – head of the Chair of Political Governance and Public Policy at PAARA, summed up the first two days of the trainings. She has already managed to deliver lectures to the Armenian young people from diaspora. She is deeply impressed with their familiarity to the subject, openness and, especially, dignity.
“I liked their calm and unbiased opinion to their fatherland. Frankly to say, I was surprised with their Armenian- oriented thinking. I suppose, that their parents have emigrated during the difficult period of Armenia. They have left Armenia disappointed. And it is surprising, that the young people have grown up being interested in their own kind and their fatherland. These people have an opportunity to tighten the ties of Armenia with the countries the citizens of which they are” said M. Margaryan.
The Professor highly appreciates the trainings of the young leaders of Diaspora. She is happy with the program the office of High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs has initiated.
“In the globalized and ever-changing world, where the initiative potential of the youth is being determined, it is very important for our youth to come closed with their fatherland. Not only they will tie those countries with Armenia, but they will keep maintaining their Armenian identity in those countries where Armenian identity is threatened”.
Mariam Margaryan thinks that this kind of trainings should be organized more frequently. And the specialists should prepare relevant material. She also wishes these people to be given opportunity to study at the Public Administration Academy of RA, especially when the Academy provides distance learning program.