:: CDCS IN PRESS
Dprutjun, 1990, December 28
For 70 years, the Armenian language was oppressed. Nowadays there are many people who are studying Armenian. Many of those are from the Armenian Diaspora. Though people are eager to learn the language, there are not yet sufficient materials available. To speed up this process, the methods of teaching foreign languages in general should be considered in order that an official methodology can be created.
Vrastan N164, 1991, September 17, by Vahan Khachvanqyan
To recognize native roots
Thanks to the president of “Ghevond Alishan” educational-cultural organization Svetlana Aslanyan in August representatives of Armenian communities from Moscow, Kiev, Tbilisi, Ashkhabad, Stavropol and refugees from Baku gathered in Hrazdan town. They had trainings with the best professionals of Armenia; they traveled to the places of interests of Armenia and had meetings with the famous people of the republic of Armenia.
Hayastani Hanrapetutyun, 1991, September 15
“Ghevond Alishan” organization acts
In August CDCS organized one month training in “Aghbyurak” holiday house in Hrazdan. Representatives of Armenian communities from Moscow, Ashkhabad, Tbilisi, Stavropoulos took part in that training. They studied Armenian language and literature, History of Armenia and Armenian Church, etc. Also they had meetings with scientists and art figures.
Hayastani Hanrapetutyun, 15.09.1991
Armyanskiy Vestnik, 1991, October 30
“Ghevond Alishan to compatriots”
“Ghevond Alishan” cultural-educational association organized trainings in Hrazdan in 1991. In that training participated representatives of Armenian communities from Moscow, Kiev, Ashkhabad, Tbilisi, Stavropol, etc. The trainings included lessons of the Armenian language, literature, history and history of church. The participants were very satisfied with the project. The prove of that istheir impressions written in record book.
Armyanski vestnik, 30.10.1991
When September comes in … October
Educational-cultural association “Ghevond Alishan” gave certificates to refugee teachers, who had participated in “Armenian language and culture” trainings. Now they can teach at schools even… Armenian. Besides, the teachers received a “Multilingual illustrated dictionary” from S. Aslanyan.
Hnchak Hayastani, 1992, July 15
Diaspora and the Homeland: Strengthen the Connection
Nowadays it’s really important for each person to do his best to have an independent Armenia, which means not only to unite the forces of Armenia but also the Diaspora. For that reason “Ghevond Alishan” Association organizes one month trainings in “Aghbyurak” holiday house in Hrazdan. Armenians from different part of the world are invited to take part in those trainings. The trainings are based on the culture, history, literature of Armenia. All the participants are pleased and hope that this kind of occasions will become a tradition.
Hnchak Hayastani, 15.07.1992
Respublica Armeniya, 1992, July, by Marianna Eremyanc
To Armenia for knowledge
Svetlana Aslanyan, the President of the Ghevond Alishan Association, mentions that many important people like Yan Legal and Pier Sury from French University of Sorbonne visited them. They showed their interest to spread the Armenian language and culture in France.
Respublica Armenia, 21.07.1992
Arzagank, 1992, by Zemfira Ohannesyan
Lessons of Armenian language and culture
The “Ghevond Alishan” Association organizes monthly lessons of Armenian language and culture in order to teach Armenian refugees and Diaspora Armenian literary language and improve their knowledge. The lessons are held in our picturesque Tsaghadzor.
Gorc, 1992, by Syuzan Martirosyan
Armenian must stay Armenian
The “Ghevond Alishan” Association connects with foreign Armenian communities. Lessons are organized with special programs and participants learn to read and write, they study their mother tongue, literature and history or Armenian Church in a short time. The Association has received invitations from America, Holland and Persia to organize lessons. The Association provides Armenian communities with dictionaries, conversation books and special training programs.
Yerekoyan Yerevan, 02 November, 1992
It’s our task and responsibility to promote our culture
Ms. Svetlana Aslanyan presents the activities and plan of “Ghevond Alishan”. The organization has launched training courses of Armenian language and literature, Armenian history and culture in which participate representatives of both internal and external Diasporas. The organization also plans to publish training materials, dictionaries, literature in different languages to export the Armenian culture abroad. The participants among who are also foreigners are pleased from the trainings and they are ready to contribute the promotion of Armenian culture and language in different parts of the world.
Yerekoyan Yerevan, 20.11.1992
Hayastani Hanrapetutyun, 1993, July 24, by Hripsime Hambarcumyan
The aim is Rebirth of the Armenian spirit within Armenians of the Diaspora
Armenians are spread all over the world. The Ghevond Alishan Association was established in order to maintain the Armenian spirit among the Armenians of the Diaspora. It has organized different activities in for Diasporas. One of the participants in those activities was Hripsime Hambarcumyan. Her family is Armenian but she has lived in Kiev all her life. This was a unique chance for her to see her motherland, to get to know Armenian culture and traditions, and to visit many historical places. Her Armenian spirit was so strong that she even opened a subdivision of the Ghevond Alishan organization in Kiev.
Hayastani Hanrapetutyun, 24.07.1993
Erkir, 1993, July 28
The aim is Armenian’s Overall Recognition
Founded in 1988, the Ghevond Alishan Association has organized lessons for refugees. Its main goal is to spread the Armenian language and culture, and to help Armenia to become better recognized. This organization has representatives in France, Switzerland, Germany, Ukraine, Russia, etc. This year the organization has organized activities in Tzaghkadzor. The participants come from different part of the world.
Nor Kyank, 1993, July 10
Nation and language protecting activity
The Ghevond Alishan association organizes one month lessons of the Armenian language, literature and history and Armenian culture in Armenia this year. In order to spread the Armenian language in Armenian communities The Ghevond Alishan association is aimed to publish training programs, phrase books and dictionaries. Participants meet with famous people and arrange excursions.
Nor kyanq, 10.07.1993
They helped us to become Armenians
The Ghevond Alishan association was established in 1991. With our activities we step by Ghevond Alisհan who did a lot to keep and spread Armenian culture in Europe. The Ghevond Alishan association has departments in Moscow, Tbilisi and other countries. This association is open for all who wants to study Armenian language “Thank you for helping us to become Armenians”: these are words of refugees.
Hajreniki Dzayn, 1993
The main axis of putting our nation together is language and culture
The Gevond Alishan association has a basic problem now, which is to organize summer trainings for foreign language speaking Armenians and those foreigners who want to learn Armenian. The president of the association is one of the lecturers of Yerevan State University, Doctor of philological sciences and Professor Svetlana Aslanyan.
Hayreniqi dzayn, 1993
Hayreni Tun, 1994, March 29
Mkhitar scientists had a great contribution in history, literature, culture and other spheres. One of the most famous of them is Ghevond Alishan. He planned to write historical books about 15 states of Armenia even though he had never been to Armenia. But unfortunately he managed to write only about 4 of them. In those works Alishan describes in details the mountains, rivers, lakes of Armenia and gives information about historical monuments and events. Also he wrote a book about plants in which he spoke about more than 3400 plants and flowers. His works have 45 volumes.
Hayreni tun, 29.03.1994
Gortsarar, 1994, October 23, by Mesrop Sahakyan
Centre for Development of Civil Society, What’s it?
It’s the name of one of the NGO’s in Yerevan which was registered with this name in 1991. Being founded in the Institute of Linguistic it has aim to teach Armenian language to refugees and inside Diaspora. Also the organization has elaborated supporting program for retired academic women. Except refugee and youth councils there is also a council of women scholars which tries to implement the project “Women scholar’s Encyclopedia”.
Azg, 1994, April 19, by Nazeni Gharibyan
Teaching of Armenian Culture out of Armenian Environment
“Ghevond Alishan” educational-cultural organization has worked in Yerevan since 1988. It was founded with the idea to teach mother tongue to the refugees from Azerbaijan. Nowdays it has branches in Moscow, Kiev, Munich, France and Switzerland and has aim to found school called “Armenian Language and Culture for Foreigners” in order to spread information about Armenian civilization. It’s the first and the only organization in Armenia with that idea.
Hayastani Hanrapetutyun, 1994, April 19, by Susan Martirosyan
Ghevond Alishan with Alishan sound
The aim of this organization is the spread of the Armenian language and culture. We organize monthly lessons in Armenia. Our primary target is refugees. Lessons are organized for the teachers from Diaspora and for those who teach at Russian schools. Armenian is also taught as a second language for the world to see. All of the activities are free of charge for most; only foreigners have to pay some fees.
Hayastani Hanrapetutyun, 19.04.1994
Apaga, 10 May,1995
Courses of Armenian language and culture
The Ghevond Alishan association was created by volunteers from the State University of Armenia who coordinated language classes for the first wave of refugees fleeing the Sum gait programs in 1988. Responding to refugees’ great curiosity and seeing the opportunity to instill a greater cultural awareness, the Association expended classes into Armenian history and culture.
Aravot, 1995, September 05,
Ghevond Alishan Association’s mission
The two months’ trainings of the Ghevond Alishan Association are over. The aim is the spread of the Armenian language and culture. The lessons are organized for the Armenian of the Diaspora and for the refugees. The teachers are faced with some difficulties as the children’s every day speaking language is not Armenian and they don’t think in Armenian, though our experienced teachers managed to get a result. Excursions were organized to Garni, Geghard, Echmiadzin, Matenadaran.
Hayastani Hanrapetutjun, 1995, July 13
To bring joy to Armenian child
Charitable performance dedicated to Christmas was performed for orphans in the puppet theatre after H.Tumanjan. The children were given beautiful and colored toys which were brought from Los Angeles due to Shake Gavan. The aim was to give joy to Armenian child.
Hayastani Hanrapetutyun, 13.07.1995
Republican Armenia, 1995, August 30, by Eleanor Vartanyan
Ghevond Alishan’s children
Svetlana Aslanyan, the President of the Ghevond Alishan Association, has planned monthly excursions for refugee children for several years. This time, the children from the village Khachik were brought together. During that month they organized different activities, painting contests, wrote a newspaper, and played different games. This was an important event in the lives of the children who were used to sleeping under the noise of falling bombs. In addition, the stress that their parents lived through their lives. Mrs. Aslanyan is also planning a winter camp, since she believes that working with children is very important as they will not be able to educate themselves, they need guidance.
Republic of Armenia, 30.08.1995
Republica Armenia, 1995, August 15
Get acquainted; It’s your Motherland
The organization “Ghevond Alishan” being founded in very hard years, invites Armenians from all over the world to take a course of the Armenian language. Armenians from Kiev, Penza, France and other places have arrived in to their motherland and got acquainted with their native language, culture and history. The program is called “Get acquainted, it’s your motherland”.
Republic of Armenia, 15.08.1995
Respublica Armeniya, 1995, August 30
Who told you that the west is paradise?
Centre for Development of Civil Society aims to elaborate strategies for struggling against the trade of Armenian girls. With this name was published and spread fliers called “Who told you that the west is paradise?” As told member of CDCS Zhanna Miqaelyan the organization should collaborate with the police and should establish phone line of trust with the help of which the relatives of suffered women can get attached with the centre.
Republic of Armenia, 30.08.1995
Lragir, 1996, August 10
Ghevond Alishan teaches Armenian
The Ghevond Alishan Association has opened lectures of the Armenian language for refugee teachers. All the 24 members are proud of their progress. According to the president of the Ghevond Alishan Association Svetlana Aslanyan the aim is to spread Armenian language and culture not only here but also in Diaspora.
Respublica Armeniya, 1996, October 19
The leaving party took place in the afternoon
The leaving party that was funded by UNICEF took place in the Linguistic Institute named after Acharyan in the afternoon. The aim of three months lessons for teachers was to give them more knowledge of the Armenian language and live with a full life to make their knowledge useful for people.
Respublica Armenia, 19.10.1996
AYDJM, 1997, October 21
The language barrier is conquered.
In the linguistic institute during the ceremony all the refugee teachers that graduated “Armenian language and culture” monthly lessons were awarded with certificates. This project was funded by UNICEF. The lack of language knowledge was barrier for training and it was a very helpful undertaking in this occasion.
Dami Gospoda, 1997, July 19
Thus the Armenian women are included in the list too
Many Armenian women are included in the long list of candidates of receiving job in international organizations due to UNDP program. According to the president of the Ghevond Alishan Association in Armenia can be hold global evaluation of modern intellectual potential of Armenian women and can be made peculiar list of unclaimed women.
Dami Gospoda, 19.07.1997
Republic of Armenia, 1997, February 25, by Vartan Kachatryan
The tree is alive with its roots
One of the important organizations of the Ghevond Alishan Association is to help recognize their country and language those Armenians that were born in different parts of the world which is called “Get acquainted this is your country”. 24-day lessons are organized for refugees and representative of Armenian society from Russia, France and Germany to know better Armenian culture and history.
UNICEF funded three month for refugee teachers in order to help them teach their pupils literacy Armenian. The problem of Ghevond Alishan Association is to establish and to strengthen connections with our invigorating national roots.
Republic of Armenia, 25.02.1997
Azg, 1997, May 3
Refugee teachers familiarize themselves with the Armenian Language and Culture
It is the second year that the Ghevond Alishan Association has organized summer lessons of the Armenian language and culture. UNICEF Armenia kindly offered funding for these programs. Forty-five refugee teachers will take part in the lessons. Cultural lessons are taught in Russia. Summer camp in Nork has also been organized to teach refugee children Armenian.
Leader-Telegram, October 18, 1997
Search for equality
Professor S. Aslanyan is using her short time in the US to learn how women earned their rights. It’s a fight she will be resuming when she returns home. She scoured the library for information on the women’s movement in the US, talked to several women’s groups and attended conferences. The information she’ll take home could affect the lives of women in Armenia. As she puts it, using the education to help the others is a philosophy of life.
Leader-Telegram p1, 18.10.1997
Leader-Telegram p2, 18.10.1997
Aravot, 1998, July 28 by Ruzan Minasyan
Prostitution as a part of work abroad?
A member of CDCS Zhanna Miqayelyan informed that she had participated in an international seminar in Budapest in which too more than 100 members of NGOs from 37 countries also took part. That seminar was about women’s rights and illegal trade. CDCS has a project called “Prevention of migration” in frames of which is organized social, psychological and cultural adaptation of refugee women as refugees most of all look for a work abroad.
Aravot, 1998, November 24, by Arevhat Grigoryan
Scholar women try to “pass”
The women scholars’ council of CDCS had organized a round table called “Scholar Women in Civil Society” in National Academy of Sciences. They discussed different projects in which Armenian girls and women could take part. Those projects assume competition with several phases, winners of which could start or continue their education abroad generally in the USA.
Ararat, 1998, November 10
Gender means equality between men and women
The Minister of Social Maintenance of RA applied to the regional governor of Ararat marz asking his support to implement a project “Village women in civil society”. That project has been organized by women scholars’ council of CDCS. The aim is to involve women from villages in public life.
Village women in the centre of attention of NGOs
Women NGOs have focused their attention on village women recently. The project “Village women in civil society” financed by USIA is realized by Centre for the Development of Civil Society NGO. The president of the organization Svetlana Aslanyan notes that the project is organized in seven Marzes of the country. The first aim of the project is to unite the village women to be involved in social activities.
New York/New Jersey news, 2001. September 29 United Nations Holds 54th Annual NGO/DPI Conference- Armenian Presence Significant This Year
Nowadays volunteering is more about creating partnerships as a catalyst. Major issue concerns the self empowerment and mobilization of marginalized women. The consensus was that training sessions must be organized for these women so that they will be more aware of their environment and, thus, willingly become more active in their own communities. On this note, Aslanyan added that the Support Centre for young girls in Armenia has been created for this very reason. Classes are offered in the English language, computers, civil society and democracy.
THE ARMENIAN REPORTER INT'L SEPTEMBER 29, 2001
Aravot N217, 2003, November 20
Support to the girls
The girls from poor families after graduating from the school don’t have opportunity to study at Universities or to work. That’s why CDCS organized a project to support young girls. Annually 30 girls from Aragatsotn, Armavir and Ararat marzes and Yerevan pass 9 month training courses in English, computer, business, etc. After the trainings CDCS supports them to find job.
Hayastani Hanrapetutjun, 2005, November 5, by Karin Grigorjan
Armenian women scientists
The CDCS invited Armenian women scientists to a conference. Here the new project was presented which was named “Armenian women scholars of the 20th century”: the project of biographical encyclopedia. The aim of this project is to discover Armenian women scientists not only in Armenia but also in Diaspora. Armenian women have invaluable investments in the
fields of chemistry, biology and medicine.
Hayastani Hanrapetutyun, 05.11.2005
Ararat, 2005, September 19, by Gohar Hovsepyan September 10: The second day of White Band
The struggle against poverty took place in July which emblem was White Band. That day many people of the world wore White Bands to show their friendship and to end poverty. The10-th of September is the second day of White Band and, in the eve, in the Centre of Elderly people of Artashat, “OQSFAM” British charity organization and CDCS association decided that in the second day of White Band would take place procession also in Artashat.
Zaruhi, 2005, September 17, by Susanna Martirosyan Our girls have complex of diffidence
The easy vulnerable layer of the society, the youngsters from 17-22, exactly part of them who graduated boarding schools or are from orphanage, don’t have opportunity to continue learning and are unemployed. With the help of US Embassy the CDCS tried to solve such problem realizing the project called “Community development school”. According to the participant of the project, psychologist Artemis Lepejyan, especially girls have complex with finding job.
Hayastani Hanrapetutjun, 2006, April 14, by Gohar Nuriganjan “Women role in compositions”
OSCE Yerevan office, US PC and CDCS organized republican Assay Contest which was dedicated to the International Women’s day.The Participants were from eight regions: pupils from 8-10 forms who presented their views of women role in Armenia. The winners were awarded.
Hayastani Hanrapetutyun, 14.04.2006
Artashat, 2006, February, The Theme is the Development of Civil Society
In the 9th of February the centre of free investigations “Sociomet” /president: Aharon Adibekyan/ and CDSC /president: Svetlana Aslanyan/with the representatives of local NGO –s had a conference in the regional centre of Ararat. The aim was to find out the level of the development of civil society in rural areas.
Ararat, 2006, February 17, by Gohar Hovsepyan, Civil Society: Difficult but unalternative future
In the 9th of February the CDSC/president: Svetlana Aslanyan/ organized seminar conference with the representatives of NGO-s of the region to find out the level of development of civil society. The president of “Sociometr” free investigations centre, Aharon Adibekyan, made inquiry with special worked up questions. According the answers the general index of the development of Armenian civil society will be made.
Golos Armenii, 2006, December 14, by Levon Oganesyan
Diamond of Civil Society
Armenia is under fixed attention of independent international organizations which try to find out who we are where we are going and the way we do that. Among numerous estimates there emerged a new with a remarkable title “Index of Civil Society”. The initiative of its birth belongs to the International organization CIVICUS. That not only provided an opportunity to define our own level of developmem but also conduct comparative analyses. The Program “Civil Society Index” was implemented by the NGO “Center for Civil Society Development” headed by the president Svetlana Aslanyan and independent sociological center “Sociometer”, the president Aharon Adibekyan.
Golos Armenii, 14.12.2006
Apaga, 10 May, 2007 Doctor Svetlana Aslanjan visited our editorial office
By leadership of Armenian Women Union administrative of Canada we had a great pleasure to accept in our editorial office, the linguist of the Armenian language Doctor Svetlana Aslanyan, who was invited by French University of Montreal to give some lectures in a scope of program of Partnership for tomorrow of Ganada. Speaking about state of Armenian education Doctor Svetlana Aslanjan told that great efforts would be made to conciliate educational system with European centers and its programs.
Ararat, 2007, April 11
Women and elections
The CDCS organized and organizes lessons for women in different regions of Armenia, also in Ararat, with the following theme:» Active women in parliamentary elections 2007”.Svetlana Aslanyan jointly with L. Pogosyan organized lessons in Masis and Vedi with less informed women. They got some knowledge about their rights and importance to take part in the further elections and got necessary literature.
Menk, Duk, Nrank, 2008, May 9, by S. Tirosyan
Civil society with the eyes of young citizen
It is the 5th time that with cooperation of US PC CDCS has organized Essay Contest which aim is to develop gender conceptions in consciousness of youngsters from regions. And encourage youth to express their ideas and thoughts of women role in our society. Participants were boys and girls of 6-10 forms from 8 regions. One part of them wrote Essays which theme was “Leader Women” and the other part took part in competition of wallpapers presenting sketches and pictures.
Menq, Duq, Nranq, 09.05.2008
Global women’s Leadership Network 2009, January, by Ellen Boneparth
Svetlana Aslanyan, the president of Ghevond Alishan Association, works at two jobs. At her first job she works at the Institute where she heads a research group and serves as the Scientific Secretary on International Relations. At her second job she created and works in a number of NGO. She was the Founding President of the Center for the Development of Civil Society and its Women Scholars' Council Division.. She organized many initiatives and training programs in order to raise the role of Armenian women in the civil society. She is currently organizing the Political Academy of Women to increase the role of women at all levels of decision-making and enable them to participate in local, parliamentary, and presidential elections In spite all this Svetlana find time to enjoy her family- husband, son, and two wonderful grandchildren - and, occasionally, reading and music.
Global women's leadership
NEWSLETTER, Delegation of the EU to Armenia, July/August 2010, #3
Empowering young women in rural areas
Even though Armenian legislation refers to women’s rights, legal aspects and daily habits often clash. In order to promote women’s role, the Center of the Development of Civil Society NGO initiated a program for “Empowering young women in rural areas” with the support of EU. Activities have so far included seminars on human rights, gender equality, leadership as well as trainings of trainers, sessions in Yerevan and publishing training materials and books. The seminars have helped young women to discover their abilities and aspire to be active participants in civil society.
The Official Newsletter of Delegation of the EU to Armenia
Gyughkhorhrdatvutyun, March 2011, Ashtarak, by Gayane Danielyan
Empowering Rural Community
“Center for the Development of Civil Society” NGO (President S. Aslanyan) is implementing the project 'Empowering Rural Community' in 4 marzes of the republic. The project is sponsored by the US embassy in Armenia. The aim of the project is to enhance women's participation in community life and civil society.
With the help of concerned women’s activities the project will try to develop leadership abilities in them, to involve them in community problem solving by cooperative methods. The president of the NGO professor Svetlana Aslanyan gives importance to the cooperation with those departments of municipalities that protect rights of families, wives and children of the stuff. Besides, as a local cooperative NGO was chosen the “Association of Ashtarak Women”.
Recently, the representatives of Ashtarak, Aparan and Talin were gathered in the museum of P. Proshyan in Ashtarak. Topics of gender issues and leadership were discussed during the two-day training. Cooperative teaching and practice of gained knowledge were emphasized. Meetings with the representatives of other marzes are being expected.
Participants of this event mentioned that two-day meetings passed in warm athmosphere: concerned women gathered together, among them school principals, librarians, workers of cultural centers, doctors.
Kantegh, February 2011, Ashtarak, by Ghukas Sirunyan
Empowering Rural Community
The Center for the Development of Civil Society NGO has implemented the project “Strengthening Rural Community” in four marzes with the assistance of the US Embassy in Armenia. The aim of the project is to increase women's activities in the community life and civil society. The president of the NGO professor S. Aslanyan emphasized the role of cooperation with different departments of municipalities and local NGOs.
Aravot, 2011, September 7, by A. Zaqaryan
Woman and Community
By the initiation of “Center for the Development of Civil Society” NGO and funding by the US Embassy in Armenia /nearly 20.000 dollars/ the project “Empowering rural community” have been implementing for a year in the marzes of Ararat, Armavir, Aragatsotn and Kotayq. The aim of the project was to increase the role of rural women in the decision making processes at both local and national levels. 120 women were involved in the project that participated in the trainings and enhanced the level of their awareness. According to the president of the NGO Svetlana Aslanyan in this way they want to revitalize the tradition when the community had a big role in state and also they want the women to have role in those communities.