On 18 July 2013, the Heimatgarten Adaptation Centre in Yerevan ( Project RECEA ) organised for returnee children a cultural trip to Echmiadzin and Zvartnots. This time, the company Welcome Tour provided a bus and a guide for the excursion.
The information about the Holy Echmiadzin , the oldest Christian place of Armenia and its cathedral (built in 643 ), and about Zvartnots, (built 641-661 ), was presented to the returnee children before the trip, so they can have related information materials. These materials have been revised through interactive methods already in the classroom.
In the morning at exactly half past ten the bus arrived in front of the building of the Pedagogical University , where the RECEA center is situated. Even some parents came to wish " a nice trip " to their children. Together with the teachers, among whom a representative of "Hope & Help" as well , began the tour for returnee children with a visit first to Echmiadzin . After admiring the magnificent temples, the ride went on to Zvartnots .
The tour guide made the children aware that in the year of 2000 the churches of Echmiadzin and the monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin in the north of Armenia Zvartnots, were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The cultural program was a visit to the Cathedral-Museum of Echmiadzin . The visit in the museum and the Treasury made a big impression on the children. There they could learn about and admire the rich heritage of Armenian culture. The children liked especially the old jewelry that were made of pure gold, silver and precious stones. There was a lot of curiosity and pictures.
Late in the afternoon, the children returned to Yerevan. Everyone was a little tired, but very happy and full of rich impressions.
Such trips create favorable conditions for the socialization process of children and help them to integrate into the cultural life of the home country.
Dr. hab. Prof. Melanya Astvatsatryan ,
RECEA coordinator, Yerevan , Armenia