The delegation was composed of five Master students from the Armenian Genocide Studies Program and two students from the YSU Faculty of Journalism. Gevorg Grigoryan, Head of the Russian Youth Association of Rostov-on-Don in Russia, also joined the delegation to establish partnership relations with Armenian youth organizations in Lebanon.
During the one-week business trip, the university students were in touch with the representatives of the Armenian community. Master students of the “Genocide Studies” program mastered the history of the Armenian Genocide and Armenian Cause at the local Armenian High School, the National Unity and Mesropian Colleges.
On the first day of the business trip, on April 21, the delegation was present at the St. Joseph’s Church in Beirut on the occasion of the 103rd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
Then members of the delegation visited the Zmmar Congregation and Anjar, where members of the delegation got acquainted with the history of viniculture in 1810, types of wines and the conditions of preparation, visited the local museum, library, reading hall.
During the meeting with Mayor Vazgen Khoshyan, the issue of strengthening ties between the homeland and the Anjar youth was discussed. After the meeting students also visited the Armenian Evangelical Church in Anjar, the school and walked around the city fortress.
On April 23, members of the delegation had the first attempt to teach at the Armenian Evangelical Central High School. The 9th, 10th and 11th grades pupils were present.
Mary Gevorgyan, who had delivered a lecture on genocide for 9th form pupils, was impressed with the meeting with them: “I am very excited because I was delighted with the fact that the children were very interested in the subject. They have not had specific trainings on the Armenian Genocide so far and have only general knowledge and ideas about the topic.”
The visit to the Armenian Evangelical Central High School was conditioned by not only teaching, but also signing of the agreement, which supposes cooperation in the educational and cultural areas.
A group of university students attended the event dedicated to the 103rd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in Antelias. At the meeting with Patriarchal Inspector Father Paul, the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia renewed the previous cooperation with YSU. During the discussion a number of cooperation issues and possible solutions were identified.
On the same day there was a visit to the editorial office of “Zartonk” daily newspaper, where a number of cooperation programs were discussed with editor Sevak Hakobyan.