On October 18, 2010, the AGBU Lazar Najarian-Calouste Gulbenkian School (Aleppo, Syria) was recognized as the winner of the “Best Armenian Educational Institution” contest.
The school was honored at an official award ceremony in the large hall of the National Academy of Sciences in Yerevan. The contest was organized by the Republic of Armenia’s Diaspora Ministry, with financial assistance from the World Armenian Congress.
Four other schools also received awards, including Melankton and Hayk Arslanian Seminary (Beirut, Lebanon), Karen Jeppe Armenian College (Aleppo, Syria), Kananyan Girls’ School (New Julfa, Iran), and Sochi Secondary School #31 (Sochi, Russia). Sixty-two educational establishments had submitted applications for the competition, which included 31 Sunday schools and 31 regular schools, colleges and educational centers.
Since its founding more than half a century ago, the AGBU Lazar Najarian-Calouste Gulbenkian School has constituted the citadel of the city’s Armenian community, and it has instilled in students a deep respect towards the Armenian language, culture, and homeland.