As part of its Western Armenian development plan, the Armenian Communities Department of "Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation" is launching “Zarmanazan”, an education project which will incorporate two components aiming to mutually nourish each other:
Zarmanazan is a 25-day summer camp, in which the participating children and teenagers will live together with a team of more than 15 experienced facilitators in an inspiring environment. While totally immersed in Western Armenian, they will create, discover, learn, and have fun through engaging workshops in music, arts, theater, and dance and various sports and games. Through these activities, language will become a natural means of communication and creation.
Hence, Zarmanazan will offer a space for meetings and interactions between all participants who will have the opportunity to learn from one another and develop friendships, living an enriching and unique experience.
The camp is open to all children and teenagers of the Armenian Diaspora. The number of places is limited to 40. There is no minimum level of proficiency in the language required.
The camp will also host a teacher development program, in partnership with INALCO. 15 teachers (or teachers-in-training) will follow an intensive program combining expert direction with practical training, interactive lectures, and the latest pedagogic approaches and materials.
The Armenian Communities Department, formerly named the Department for the Middle East, was set up in 1956 by two executors of the Founder’s will, Kevork Essayan, Gulbenkian’s son-in-law, and José de Azeredo Perdigão, the first Chairman of the "Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation." The mission of the Department is "To create a viable future for the Armenian people in which its culture and language are preserved and valued." Promoting the preservation of the Armenian language and culture, and the development of the diaspora by linking its different parts and by investing in education, is one of the four program priority areas of the Five Year Plan. https://gulbenkian.pt/armenian-communities
is a French non-profit organization (under the law of 1901), whose aim is to develop the practice of Armenian language in a bilingual approach, conducting cultural, scientific, and sports activities based on principles of cross-culturalism, for children age 3 to 17. The organization is certified by the French Ministry of Youth and Sports, thereby ensuring the respect of rules imposed by the State concerning supervision and accommodation for minors.
is a university where more than 100 languages and cultures are taught. The Armenian studies program, created more than 2 centuries ago, offers the most complete program out of Armenia, from the very beginners until PhD studies. Inalco offers Bachelor and Master Degrees with armenological orientation, including issues on teaching Armenian in the Diaspora for more than 20 years, in collaboration with Ani Garmiryan. www.inalco.fr