Noyan Tapan
Feb 1, 2010

YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 1, NOYAN TAPAN. The festive opening ceremony of
Days of Shirakatsy festival took place at Anania Shirakatsy Lycee
in Yerevan.

The lycee, which will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its foundation
this year, was created as an educational institution for gifted

It was stated that being true to its ideology, which is related
to ideas of democracy, internationalism, environmental protection,
the unity of body and soul, and service to mankind, the lycee lives
a diverse and interesting life, and the number of medals won by its
pupils in various fields is increasing with each passing year.

Many pupils of the lycee achieved really impressive results: for
example, 10 out of the 37 lycee pupils - participants in the final
stage of the 2009 Republican Olympiad received diplomas, and 3
graduates won special awards of the Armenian president.

The success of lycee pupils is not limited to their achievements
in Armenia - one of Anania Shirakatsy Lycee pupils presented a work
entitled "Scientific Test in Space" at the Green Planet international
environmental review in Moscow and won a prize, and three gold medals
of the recent international competition for young painters held in
Egypt were awarded to Shirakatsy Lycee pupils.

The director of the lycee Ashot Alikhanian said that 22 pupils are now
studying at Regentner School in Thailand, and their lycee is the only
post-Soviet educational institution to have joined the Round Square
Conference of Schools - a worldwide association of international
schools, among whose members are 95 schools from such countries as
the UK, France, Germany, the U.S, Japan, etc.

The Days of Shirakatsy festival has been held since 1992. During the
festival, the pupils and the staff of the college give reports on
various subjects, and later these reports are posted on the website.

The pupils prepare their reports with great enthusiasm and
responsibility, trying to use their knowledge most efficiently.

During this year's opening ceremony the rector of Yerevan State
University and a number of lecturers were presented with Anania
Shirakatsy Lycee Medals.

The award recipients underlined that the pupils educated at Shirakatsy
Lycee differ from other students. A different curriculum is used at
Anania Shirakatsy Lycee and following a review by the RA Ministry
of Education, a letter was sent to the minister of education and
science with the proposal to introduce some courses of this lycee
at republican comprehensive schools. The festival will last until
May. In addition to reports, pupils will give performances. At the
conclusion of the festival, the winners will receive prizes and the
closing ceremony will be held.