The Central Executive Board of the Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society and the Association of the Tarkmanchats College are pleased to notify that the College situated in Issy-les-Moulineaux of France was renamed Hamazkayin-Tarkmanchats College and joined the Hamazkayin educational institutions’ program.
The first Armenians settled in Issy-les-Moulineaux were the survivors of the 1915 Genocide. Later, in 1970-2000, Armenian immigrants from Lebanon, Iran and Armenia joined them, and the community numbered up to 5,000. Gathering around the Armenian Apostolic church founded in 1975, this community founded the Tarkmanchats College in 1996 due to the Zadik Aslanian’s tireless efforts and the support of the local municipality. Tarkmanchats College certified its agreement with the French government in 2005.
The three-story building of the College situated on the territory of 3,000 square meters, has 15 classrooms, auditorium and inner and outer courtyards. The school observes all the security rules established by the state and is able to receive 400 students. Currently, the school has 80 pupils attending kindergarten and elementary school categories. It is planned to start the secondary department in the nearest future.
The educational program of the Tarkmanchats College consists of French and English programs defined by the state and accomplished with the Armenian language and history classes. The elementary school graduation success is 100 percent, while the average of the scores is 80 percent. Thus, the College gives the children of the Armenian community in Issy-le-Moulineaux and the surrounding quarters an opportunity to get both French and Armenian education, enrich their education with both cultures, which form the future citizens.
The Tarkmanchats College having strengthened in the heart of the Armenian community joined the Hamazkayin educational institutions’ program with its twenty years of experience. Now it will enjoy the fruitful result of the Society’s activities, be it the teachers’ training, developed educational programs, the rich experience of Jemarans in Beirut, Marseille and Sydney, through either the Hamazkayin’s pan-Diaspora or homeland network, or international sponsorship programs.
The cooperation agreement signed on Saturday, December 5, 2015 between the signatory parties - the Central Executive Board and the Tarkmanchats College, guarantees the prosperity and continuity of the Tarkmanchats College.
Hamazkayin Central Executive Board
11 December 2015