MESROBIAN, First Armenian School Being Awarded the CELF
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
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MESROBIAN, First Armenian School Being Awarded the CELF

On Monday, March 18, at 10:00 AM, the ceremony of awarding the CELF Label (Certification of Establishments in French Language) took place at Mesrobian High School in Bourj Hammoud, under the patronage of His Beatitude Krikor Bedros XX, Catholicos Patriarch of Armenian Catholics, and in the prestigious presence of His Excellency Bruno Foucher, French Ambassador to Lebanon. Following the 3 national anthems, Mesrobian’s Principal Mr. Gregoire Kaloust took the floor, and after the retrospective on the cooperation of the School with Institut Français for the purpose of developing the French Language among the students, he expressed his appreciation of the latter’s role in monitoring and completing the process. Mr. Kaloust stated that the next peak to be reached is to obtain the Label FrancEducation (LFE) and to become an accredited institution, noting that the School has already begun to work in collaboration with the Institut Francais. Mr. Kaloust ended his speech by saying that this day will be marked in the annals of the 80th anniversary of Mesrobian High School as one of its most brilliant pages. Then, a beautiful Armenian folk dance by the School’s Dance Group ‘’Shoushi’’ carried the attendees to the high peaks of Mount Ararat, creating an indescribable enchantment.

Ambassador Bruno Foucher, who wanted to hand over this Label CELF personally, although it is a rare incident, and wished to participate personally in the celebration of the 80th anniversary of  Mesrobian High School, initiated his speech by expressing his high appreciation of the educational level of the School, the first Armenian school to join the network of institutions cooperating with the French Embassy and whose level of French is exceptional and the academic results of high quality: The overwhelming majority of teachers has obtained the DELF, 98% of success in DELF Junior, 95% success in Lebanese Baccalaureate with 85% 'Very Good' and 'Good' mentions in 2018. The Ambassador continued his speech explaining the benefits of the CELF Label from the point of view of excellence, diversity and shared values. At the end of his speech, Mr. Ambassador assured Mr. Kaloust that he was ready to accompany him in obtaining the LFE Label while giving him the CELF Label and expressing his congratulations.

On this happy occasion, His Excellency offered to Principal Kaloust the medal of the Embassy of France numbered 88/100 and a copy of his book "The Residence of the Pins" printed exclusively in 200 copies.

Following the speech of Ambassador Bruno Foucher and the awarding of the CELF, Mr. Kaloust handed him over the jubilee trophy of the School.

Patriarchal Vicar and Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Catholic Armenian Patriarchate, representing His Beatitude, Monsignor Gabriel Mouradian, pronounced his word by promoting the French language and showing the love of the Armenian people for this language, which is noble and important in academic and professional circles, and in terms of human relations. His Excellency noted that the Armenian people, although uprooted and dispersed throughout the world due to the 1915 Genocide, was able to safeguard its culture and religion through its mother tongue and was also able to take root again in its new lands thanks to its love for new languages including the French. Monsignor Mouradian congratulated the School and its Principal for this important achievement and wished them new accomplishments in the journey of the Lebanese-Armenian-French relations, as well as a better and brilliant future to all the students of Mesrobian.

The School’s ‘’Dzidzernag’’ Choir concluded this memorable ceremony by performing ‘’Pour Toi Arménie’’, thus paying tribute to the legend singer, to the legend of French song, Charles Aznavour.


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