Antelias: 2nd Pan-Diaspora Conf on Education is Launched in Antelias

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The second Pan-Diaspora Conference on Education was launched on July 17 in
the Saint Asdvadzadzine Monastery in Bikfaya. The conference brings together
some 100 Armenian community officials from around the world involved in the
field of education, including principals of Armenian schools and teachers of
Armenian Language, Literature, Religion.

The official opening of the conference in the "Prapyon Doumanian" Hall of
the Seminary followed the morning service in the Saint Asdvadzadzine chapel.

In his speech the Pontiff praised the commitment of the Armenian school and
its dedicated teachers to the spiritual and intellectual formation of the
new Armenian generations. Referring to the discussions of the first
conference on education held four years ago in Antelias, His Holiness talked
about those proposals, which had been brought to life as well as the
shortcomings in realizing some others.

Outlining his vision of the second conference’s discussions, His Holiness
advised that it should be unique in its kind. "This is not only a conference
to share our difficulties and concerns with one another. We have come here
to talk about re-organizing the teaching of Armenological topics,
particularly Armenian Language, Literature, and Religion. We live in
different circumstances. In some countries there are difficulties with
regard to classes, textbooks and even teachers. Therefore, the exchange of
viewpoints and your proposals are essential for the coordination of our
collective efforts. Finally, His Holiness called up the participants to work

The sessions of the first day featured discussions on the status of the
above-mentioned topics in each of the Dioceses and other concerns. The
conference will continue over the next two days.

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