October 19, 2018
On October 7-12, IDeA Foundation featured an individual and large pavilion in Francophonie Village.
The Initiatives for Development of Armenia (IDeA) Foundation was an active participant of the 17th Francophonie Summit events held in Yerevan last week where it presented its initiatives that have morphed into Armenia’s visiting card.
Thus, on October 7-12, the IDeA Foundation had an individual and large pavilion in the Francophonie Village held in Yerevan’s Freedom Square under the slogan “Living Together.” The Francophonie Village was an open-air event organized within the framework of the summit where the participants, journalists, and the Armenian community had the chance to meet with each other in a non-formal environment. IDeA’s pavilion presented the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative, Tatev Revival Program, Foundation for Armenian Science and Technology (FAST), UWC Dilijan, Dilijan Community Center, and Café #2, which operates in Dilijan and encourages social entrepreneurship. During six days, hundreds of citizens and guests, among them spouse of Armenia’s Prime Minister Anna Hakobyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, Minister of Culture of France Françoise Nyssen and other people visited the pavilion.
The visitors of the pavilion had the chance to not only get acquainted with our projects and programs but also buy souvenirs made by the Dilijan Community Center, scarves featuring Tatev Monastery frescoes as well as enjoy Café #2’s delicious desserts and teas.
At the opening of Francophonie village on October 9, UWC Dilijan students performed songs and dances. On October 10, the stage welcomed the song and dance groups of Dilijan Community Center.
On October 9-10, Tumo Center for Creative Technologies played a host to Francophonie Economic Forum, where IDeA co-founder Ruben Vardanyan addressed a speech, focusing on the development of infrastructures and the experience Armenia can share with the world in this context.
Within the framework of Francophonie Days in Armenia, on October 12, around 100 journalists from the International Francophone Press Union visited UWC Dilijan, to attend a discussion on Media and Migration. This pressing topic enabled students to understand ways of processing information and the role of mass media in shaping public opinion on migration. During their tour in the college, the Francophonie journalists also got acquainted with the college’s possibilities and the students’ everyday life.
IDeA Foundation summed up its participation in the Francophonie Days by the visit of the representatives of the International Organization of La Francophonie to Tatev.
With the support of Tatev Revival Program, on October 1, the guests visited the Wings of Tatev – the longest reversible aerial tramway in the world, which has been recorded in the Guinness Book of Records – and Tatev Monastic Complex. During the visit, the delegation was introduced to projects implemented within the framework of Tatev Revival Program, including the restoration of Tatev Monastic Complex.
We were honored to participate in the 17th Francophonie Summit and present some of our projects that foster the development of Armenia.