Republican Students' and Pupils' Olympiad "Constitution and Right" (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2010)
THE BASIC LAW OF OUR COUNTRY IS 15 YEARS OLD
Collection of the essays of the schoolchildren who won at the Republican Competition.
Centre of the RA Constitutional Law, Yerevan, 2010
(in Armenian, pdf, 0.5 mb)
May 21, 2010
Dedicated to the 15th Anniversary of the Constitution of the Republic of Armenia
AWARDED PUPILS AT THE CONTITUTIONAL COURT
In the framework of the events dedicated to the 15th Anniversary of the Constitution of the Republic of Armenia along with 7th Republican Students’ and Pupils’ Olympiad ''Constitution and Law'' the republican competition of pupil compositions, titled “The basic law of my country” was held. The both events were organized by the Constitutional Court in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Science. Together with closing the Olympiad the results of the republican competition of pupil compositions were summarized. On May 22, 2010 fifteen winners from Yerevan and marzes were invited to the Constitutional Court to get awards and Diplomas specified by the Constitutional Court and Ministry of Education and Science. At the hall after Shahamir and Hakob Shahamiryans the Constitutional Court members, President of the Armenian Bar Association Mr. Gagik Ghazinyan, Chairman of the Control Chamber of the National Assembly Mr. Ishkhan Zakaryan and sponsor of the Olympiad, Armenian national benefactor Albert Boyajian.
The CC President Mr. Gagik Harutyunyan welcomed the winners who, in his opinion, have an interesting constitutional thinking, for whom the constitutional culture is essentially formed and who have abilities in this direction. In their compositions there are sincere, interesting ideas, which may be instructive for not only their contemporaries, but also for wide public. That is why the Center of Constitutional Law has decided to publish a separate Brochure titled “15-year-olds about 15-year-old Constitution”, which will consist of the compositions recognized the best in the competition.
- It is very interesting how the pupils who are of the same age with the Constitution imagine the Constitution, - said Mr. Harutyunyan presenting the pupils, - one of them connects it with freely living, the other one thinks that the Constitution is the culture and it is not possible to live without it, in the third’s opinion not knowing the Constitution causes many problems nowadays... They are bringing the examples from the “Trap of grandeur” of Shamairyans, “Code of law” of Gosh and other historical sources. It is an evidence of the serious approach and preparedness of the pupils while writing compositions, of how they try to give meaning to the essence of free living by guaranteeing the rule of law. They are not only emotional outbursts of children, but comprehensive formulations, and it is very pleasant that the new generation has such a healthy thinking.
Giving the importance to such events (Republican Students’ and Pupils’ Olympiad ''Constitution and Law'', Republican competition of pupil compositions on “The basic law of my country”) organized in the framework of events dedicated to the 15th anniversary of the RA Constitution, Mr. G. Harutyunyan added “We try to present, to interpret, to make more available constitutional values for the new generation, to show them the ways of free living, of protecting their rights, to help them express their creative abilities more completely and to implement them”.
Before giving the awards, President briefly presented to the audience the most interesting ideas from the compositions, made some citations mentioning with great pleasure the mature thinking and logic of pupils.
The winners of the Republican competition of pupil compositions, titled “The basic law of my country” were rewarded with Diplomas of the Constitutional Court and Ministry of Education and Science.
The prizes were awarded to:
Liana Marikyan (School ¹24 of Vanadzor city, 11th class), Mery Margaryan (School of Jajur of Shirak marz, 9th class), Mariam Loretsyan (School ¹4 of Vanadzor city, 11th class), Ashot Nersisyan (School ¹89 after Daniel Varuzhan of Yerevan city, 10th class), Roza Terteryan (School ¹38 of Yerevan, 10th class), Astghik Titanyan (School ¹1 of Odzun of Lori marz, 11th class), Vahe Zargaryan (School ¹2 of Odzun of Lori marz, 10th class), Ashkhen Terteryan (School ¹9 of Echmidzin of Armavir marz, 9th class), Amalya Karapetyan (School after M. Mashtots of Oshakan of Aragatsotn marz), Hrachya Hovhannisyan (School of Vahramaberd of Shirak marz), Roza Meliksetyan (School after M. Mashtots, Aragatoztn marz, 9th class), Ruzanna Avetisyan (School ¹14 of Hrazdan of Kotayk marz, 11th class), Vardan Karapetyan ( School of Azatavan of Ararat marz, 11th class), Arpine Ghazaryan (School ¹7 after M. Mashtots of Sevan city of Gegharkunik marz, 9th class), and Maria Azatyan (School ¹11 of Kapan city of Syunik marz, 9th class).
Mr. Albert Boyajian who was in Armenia on the occasion of the annual meeting of Board of Trustees of “Hayastan” All-Armenian Fund, participated to the award ceremony of the Republican competition. American-Armenian benefactor who always sponsored the Students’ and Pupils’ Olympiads ''Constitution and Law'' was rewarded with the Letter of Thanks “for support to the organization of 7th Republican Students’ and Pupils’ Olympiad ''Constitution and Law'' dedicated to the 15th Anniversary of the Constitution of the Republic of Armenia, as well as for the care with respect to pupils and students”. Mr. G. Harutyunyan giving the prize expressed his gratefulness to Mr. Boyajian for the scrupulous attitude towards the homeland.
Mr. A. Boyajian said the words of thanks assuring that he will contribute to such kind of events in future in all possible ways.
After the award ceremony Mr. Harutyunyan hold the “open lesson” on “The Constitution of my country”. The importance of the “open lesson” was that the pupils got the possibility to add all the necessary to their thinking which will help them to gain the more fundamental knowledge.
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May 13, 2010
CLOSING OF THE REPUBLICAN STUDENTS' AND PUPILS' OLYMPIAD “CONSTITUTION AND LAW”
On May 12 the solemn closing of the 7th Republican Students' and Pupils' Olympiad “Constitution and Law”, dedicated to the 15th Anniversary of the Constitution of the Republic of Armenia, took place at Lyceum after A. Shirakatsi.
Let us remind you that the organizers of the annual Olympiad were the Constitutional Court and the Ministry of Education and Science with support of the Center of Constitutional Law, Bar Association of the Republic of Armenia, Lyceum after A. Shirakatsi and Mr. Albert Boyajian, member of “Hayastan” All-Armenian Fund Board of Trustees (USA).
7 trials of virtual constitutional courts took place between the participants of Olympiad during 2 days of competition. It was an unique proceeding of pupil and student teams, through which their legal knowledge, particularly concerning the articles of the RA Constitution, RA laws, analytical abilities were revealed.
It was difficult for the jury to choose three winners of competition from 14 pupil and 7 student teams, as the level of general knowledge and activity of the participants were very high. The Olympiad had success as there “uncompromising struggle”, struggle of revelation of knowledge and demonstrating of analytical abilities were going on. The member of the RA Constitutional Court and Chairman of Jury Mr. Hrant Nazaryan, having taken into account this fact while summarising of the competition results, said: “The Olympiad was going on a hard struggle, in descriptive words, in the atmosphere of uncompromising competition. All are the winners, but anyway, according to the competition rules we have to choose the best ones among the good ones”.
Expressing his gratitude to the organizers and participants of the Olympiad, Mr. H. Nazaryan has announced the list of winning teams, giving a pleasant duty of awarding the prizes to the organizers and the heads of organizations, who established special prizes.
The President of the RA Constitutional Court and honorary member of the Organisational Committee of Olympiad Mr. G. Harutyunyan awarded the prizes to the best student and pupil teams having played relevantly as court, applicant and respondent, who occupied the first place. Mr. G.Harutyunyan expressed his gladness to the pupils and students (some of them are also his students at the Yerevan State University) for such activity and informed that special certificates of participation would be given to all participants of the Olympiad.
“Last years experience has shown, - added Mr. Harutyunyan, that in the result of the entrance exams to higher education institutions in case of the matriculants had got equal grades, a positive outlet have been provided for those, who had got winner certificates of the Republican Students' and Pupils' Olympiad “Constitution and Law””.
Mr. Harutyunyan awarded the prizes to the student team No 2 of the Yerevan State University acting as a court, pupil team No 1 of Yerevan acting as a applicant, pupil team from Syunik marz acting as a respondent, which gained the first place. Special diplomas and bonus prizes were foreseen for the winners.
Rewarding the student team No 2 of the Yerevan State University with special prize of the RA Constitutional Court, Mr. G. Harutyunyan addressed to the students: “We try to see our future in you, to see which virtual court will become the real constitutional court”. In the folders given to students there were the materials that will serve as a guideline throughout their life: there were the CD of the Constitutions of 146 countries of the world, the monograph “Constitutional Culture: The lessons of History and the challenges of time”, with author's autograph and International Almanac “Constitutional Justice in the new millennium” published in four languages.
The Deputy Minister of Education Mr. Manuk Mkrtchyan handed over the diplomas to the participants of the competition, who gained the 2nd place: as a applicant – pupil teams of Shirak marz, as a respondent - pupil team of Gegharkunik marz and as a court – student team of the Artsakh State University.
The 3rd place in the competition gained: as a virtual court – student team of the Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University, as a applicant – the pupil of the high school No. 1 of Hrazdan (Kotayk marz), as a respondent - student team of Lyceum “Anania Shirakatsi”. President of Bar Association of the Republic of Armenia Mr. Gagik Ghazinyan rewarded winners with the prizes.
The student of the Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University Anna Hovhannisyan was honoured with Henrik Khachatryan's award (former member of the Constitutional Court, the former Prosecutor General of the Republic of Armenia).
RA Human Rights Defender of the Republic of Armenia Mr. Armen Harutyunyan awarded a special prize for “Human Rights knowledge” to the student team of the Yerevan State Management Academy.
The pupil team from High School No. 15 of Stepanakert was recognized as the best team manifested high knowledge of laws and was honored with the special award established by the Prosecutor General's Office of the Republic of Armenia.
The founder of the Republican Students' and Pupils' Olympiad “Constitution and Law” Mr. G. Harutyunyan having summarised the results of the 7th Olympiad, expressed hope that the tradition will be continued in the schools of all regions of the Republic and Artsakh through preliminary round and final competition. He gave importance to the Olympiad, which provides a platform for new thinking, the best opportunity to demonstrate the human qualities.
The ceremony was finished by the literary-artistic performance presented by the pupils of Lyceum.
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May 11, 2010
DEDICATED TO THE 15th ANNIVERSARY OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA
The activities dedicated to the 15th Anniversary of the RA Constitution are going on. The solemn opening of the final round of 7th Republican Students' and Pupils' Olympiad ''Constitution and Law'' took place at lyceum after Ananiya Shirakatsi.
Literary and musical performance was presented by the pupils of the lyceum: Law, Freedom and Responsibility were simulated on the stage. The dialogue between Law, Freedom and Responsibility was on the Basic law of the country, fundamental human rights and responsibility of a person before the society: those fundamental problems were presented, which will become also the principal topics of virtual proceedings of final round.
The history of Armenian legal thought, the number of articles of the RA Constitution on human rights and a short film on the RA Constitutional Court were also presented. In the film the speech of President G. Harutyunyan, the honorary chairman of Organisational Committee of Olympiad addressed to participants of Olympiad sounded: “For having the strong and stable state and statehood, firstly, it is necessary that people will not to be deprived of the rights, the public being will be clearly regulated and we will be free remaining the slave of the law. We should hand down to our inheritors a country, where everything is based on the rule of law... If we could do that, we can consider that we do our duty. Otherwise, the generations will not forgive us for our shortcomings”.
There was an interesting episode on the stage, when a participant per each team was invited on it; they expressed the general opinions of their teams and presented a suggestion of law to adopt. The laws concerned the enlargement of possibilities of youth, overcome of different negative phenomena, even adoption of the law on indifference.
President G. Harutyunyan began his opening speech encouraged by free and natural thinking and activity of the pupils and students: ''The traditionally organised Olympiads are often become a guideline of professional orientation, the evidence of it are important positions in the state services occupied by the former participants of Olympiads. The students and pupils actively and with certain positions try to justify the constitutionality issues and to express a great imagination. The chosen title of Olympiad ''Constitution and Law'' is not accidental. Centuries ago, our ancestors tried to give a fine formulation to the Constitution, as “Definition of borders and Lord’s providence”. It means that values of the God are put in the regulation basis, which gives quite different culture of living mankind. Consequently, it should always be taken into account that the Constitution is the culture of conscious and intelligent community''.
The RA Minister of Education and Science A. Ashotyan and the RA General Prosecutor A. Hovsepyan presented their opening speeches during the solemn opening of the final round of the Olympiad.
Under the sounds of hymn of the Republic of Armenia the flag of Republic was raised and the final round of 7th Republican Olympiad was announced opened.
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On May 11 the participants of final round of 7th Republican Olympiad visited the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Armenia. During the meeting with President of the RA Constitutional Court G. Harutyunyan, students and pupils have been got acquainted to the chronology of establishment of the RA Constitutional Court and its activity, the role of constitutional justice in guaranteeing and protection of human rights in the country, the necessity of having full citizenship of the country and those problems, for the solution of which the contribution of today's participants of Olympiad will be needed.
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The virtual proceedings of final round began at the hall of the lyceum. They will be continued on May 12, and the solemn closing of 7th Republican Olympiad will be held in the evening.
Press Service of the CC
START OF THE 7th REPUBLICAN OLYMPIAD
On May 10 at 19.00 the opening of final round of the 7th Republican Students' and Pupils' Olympiad ''Constitution and Law'' will take place at lyceum after Ananiya Shirakatsi (Nor Nork 5th district, 35, Artem Mikoyan str.).
This year, traditionally organized Olympiad is dedicated to the 15th Anniversary of adoption of the RA Constitution. The organizers are the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Armenia and the Ministry of Education and Science of RA with support of the Centre of Constitutional Law of RA, Bar Association of RA, Lyceum after Ananiya Shirakatsi and Albert Boyajian, member of ''Hayastan'' All-Armenian Fund Board of Trustees (USA).
The President of the Constitutional Court of RA G. Harutyunyan and the Minister of Education and Science of RA A. Ashotyan will present opening speeches.
The students from the Yerevan State University, Artsakh State University, French University in Armenia, Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University, ''Gladzor'' University, Yerevan State Management Academy, as well as pupils from different schools of Yerevan, all marzes of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh participate to the final round of Olympiad.
The Olympiad results of virtual proceedings will be summarized on May 12 at 19.00.
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Program of the 7th Republican Students' and Pupils' Olympiad ''Constitution and Law'' (in Armenian)
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