When we hear about the emergence on May 28, 1918, of the Republic of Armenia, the focus is usually on the military and political significance of the event. Education and culture were also transformed with independence, and the approaches developed then can be indicative for the educational and cultural policies of Armenia today.
This was the view taken in the forum hosted on May 30, 2021, by the Hamazkayin Literary Branch in Lebanon. Jacques Hagopian, speaking for the branch executive board, opened the event. He introduced Aztag editor Shahan Kandaharian, the keynote speaker for the event. Hagopian said the board wished to focus on the cultural, educational, and literary triumphs of the First Republic as part of the celebration of its independence day.