WATERTOWN, Mass. – Anna Hakobyan, the spouse of the Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, visited St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School on April 5, 2019. She was accompanied by the Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia, H. E. Varuzhan Nersesyan, as well as the executive director of My Step Charitable Foundation, Hovannes Ghazaryan and the Director of City of Smiles Foundation, Esther Demirchian.
Mrs. Hakobyan received a warm welcome by Rev. Archpriest Antranig Baljian of St. Stephen’s Armenian Apostolic Church, St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School students, teachers and administration. Two students dressed in daraz greeted the Hakobyan with traditional bread and salt. The rest of the students, with Armenian flags in hand, sang the Armenian National Anthem.
In her welcoming remarks Principal Houry Boyamian shared information about the school, explaining that in the Greater Boston area, where there are the best public and private schools in the nation, St. Stephen’s always maintains high educational standards to encourage parents to send their children to an Armenian school. She stated that in addition to providing a quality education, the school not only teaches the Armenian language, culture and history, but also instills a sense of identity and profound love for the Motherland. For this reason, every year in May, the graduating class takes a trip to Armenia. Boyamian ended her remarks by wishing Mrs. Hakobyan success in all her charitable work with the City of Smile Charitable Foundation, helping children in Armenia fight cancer.
After a short program, Mrs. Hakobyan and her delegation visited the classrooms and interacted with the students, who charmed them with their questions, poetry recitals and their fluency in Armenian.
It was an overall enriching and memorable morning. St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School is grateful that the Armenian Prime Minister’s wife took the time to learn more about the educational efforts of the Armenian Diaspora in eastern Massachusetts.