September 7th marked a special day for FAR’s education initiatives: the 100-year anniversary of the Hovhaness Hintlian School. The school, founded by Mr. Hintlian in 1909 in Constantinople, was opened with a mission to introduce the new European teaching models of the time into the Armenian educational system. The Hintlian School was closed in 1988. However, thanks to the support of the Constantinople Armenians Relief Society (CARS), a secondary school in the Gayan community in the Tavush region of Armenia was named after Hovhannes Hintlian, and his legacy therefore continues. FAR is responsible for the administration and execution of the day-to-day operations of the school. Today, the school has 110 pupils, and employs nearly 30 teachers. Encouraged by the financial and moral support of CARS, the Hintlian school children have shown strong academic progress, and most of the graduates continue their education at higher educational institutions.
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of this school, CARS members and other supporters from across the globe visited Armenia. On September 7, they gathered at the school and held a solemn ceremony dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the school. The Hintlian spirit was apparent in the students’ their poetry recitals and dance performances.
The guests were hosted by Mr. Armen Ghularyan, Tavush Regional Governor and Ms. Hranush Hakobyan, Armenian Diaspora Minister. Both officials expressed their gratitude towards the Hintlian graduates and CARS in providing support to the border zone school. They noted that though the school lies in a troubled region, the Hovhannes Hintlian School has invigorated the region with a new life.
Mr. Ghularyan recognized Berge Araz, and also recognized the efforts of all delegation members of the CARS, including President Tamar Kayserian and vise-president Levon Andreasian, among others. All guests were happy to see the survival of the Hintlian spirit in Armenia. With the support of CARS and a dedicated FAR team, we hope that the name of the great teacher will live forever.