The text in Armenia has been prepared by Sipan Asatryan
Translation into English: Ruzanna Stepanyan
OPENING CEREMONY OF INTERNET RADIO
NB: Translation of an
Armenian word Menq stands for We!
Internet radio Menq -the
initiative of a group of young people with vision impairments became a reality.
The official opening of internet radio Menq took place on May 30, 2016, at the
Culture House of Armenian Union of Blinds after S. Shahnazaryan. A special
reportage/program was recorded for that very day.
Most of the programs will be
related to the issues of people with disabilities with particular attention to the
problems of blinds. Also, a set of programs will provide counseling to those
with vision impairments and blind. The radio Menq will strive to help and
inspire young people that face problems with being socialized and integrated
into the society. It will serve as a platform for parents of blinds,
specialists, social workers, pedagogues and others. As noted by Yura Avetisyan,
Director of Culture House: “The internet radio is capable to connect and unite
gifted people and guide them toward perfection and realization”.
Internet radio was
established by means of a grant received by Internet Society of Armenia. Its
President Igor Mkrtumyan mentioned in his speech how important is to be next to
people with vision problems. “I am happy to participate in this event. We
should never forget that there are people around us that need our support. As
told by Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin I the biggest and most deadly sin
of human beings is the 8th one, i.e. indifference. Since 2011 our
organization has adopted this policy – to support people with vision
impairments and blind. Establishment of an internet center, furbished computer
hall and this internet center come to witness our policy. We appreciate how
talented and gifted these people are! Most probably, being put in a conducive
environment they will demonstrate their full capacity and notably contribute to
development of our country” Igor said.
writer and social activist, talked about his feelings: “I never cease wondering
when come to this place. It is amazing. These people cannot see but have taken
so many milestones! They are chess champions, writers, singers, professors,
sportsmen... I think we should come here more frequently. We should come for
not only admiring with these people but also to feel happy. I myself am happy
at this very moment for you have got one more route for connecting with others
and this connection goes worldwide!”
To mention, the
news about opening ceremony was broadcasted by Armenia and Shant TV channels,
as well as by Noyyan Tapan (Noa’s Arch) information agency.
The team of radio
Menq was the happiest today. One of their dreams has come true. Since now they
have got a chance to talk about topics that matter both for them and for the
entire society. “I wish the radio became a strong tool for breaking wrong
stereotypes in society. Also, I want that those blind people that hold
themselves locked in their houses get inspired and cheered by our radio, by
achievement of our senior representatives and youngsters like us. I am hopeful
that all of us will witness successes of internet radio soon. I am glad, that
young people who have vision impairments have got together around common goal”,
mentioned Sipan Asatryan, editor in chief of the radio MENQ.
On behalf of the
entire team, Andranik Kocharyan expressed gratitude to Igor Mkrtumyan, Yura
Avetisyan, Armen Nazaryan and to all those standing for realization of the
concept of internet radio for people with vision impairments and blinds.
event culminated into cutting the red ribbon on the entrance of recording
studio followed by an hours-long song-and-dance concert by the team of radio
Menq and their friends. All participants raised toasts and congratulated each
other with another milestone taken.
team be energetic and strong. May successfully bear their responsibility and withstand
all potential challenges.
luck, radio Menq!!!
will be specialized reportages addressing various issues for people
with vision impairments. However, the scope of our reportages will be
interesting to a broader audience striving for something new and
main goal of the young team of our internet radio is to present the
interests of Armenian Union of Blind and then become a platform for
people with various disabilities.