The Armenian Communities Department invests significant funds to ensure the vitality and long-term sustainability of the Western Armenian language and culture. UNESCO has declared Western Armenian an “endangered language.” The first pillar of the Department’s programming addresses this challenge, adopting a holistic approach on several levels. It supports the development of pioneering pedagogic and language-related tools, invests in teacher development programmes and in Armenian schools in the Diaspora, reinforces technological innovation pertaining to language, and encourages targeted publications and digitisation initiatives.
More specifically, as a grant-making unit, the Department supports projects that include, but are not limited to, the following activities:
The Department’s strategy intends to generate more robust, engaged, and sustainable diasporan communities with a vibrant and unique culture and education system in which language – Western Armenian – is central. To achieve this, its programming casts a wide net in terms of age groups and types of projects supported. Revitalising a language is a multi-vectored process requiring intervention at various levels, in multiple domains, and with numerous partners around the world.
The Department’s intervention in this domain during the past several years is already bearing some fruit. During the next five years, the gains will be consolidated, expanded and communicated.
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