Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan received Mariam Mkrtchyan, a member of the Armenian women’s chess team, winner of the world and European junior championships, and her coach Zaven Andriasyan. The meeting was attended by Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports Vahram Dumanyan and Deputy Minister of Education and Culture Karen Giloyan.
In his welcoming speech, Prime Minister Pashinyan specifically noted:
I congratulate you and all of us, including your parents and friends, on this important victory. We appreciate and are very excited about your success. And the main question I ask, and we ask ourselves, is: What should we do to support your talent to develop and bring new and greater victories to Armenia?
I must say at once that this is a state policy for us, because I also want to draw attention to the fact that with the strategy of transformation of Armenia until 2050, we have set a goal, we have set a goal that the representative of the Republic of Armenia should win the title of individual world chess champion. And we are now looking for candidates, who are those people, because, fortunately or unfortunately, the government, ministers, deputy ministers can hardly do that, and we need candidates to support those candidates to make that goal possible. I don’t want those goals to be seen as unrealistic, because the history of chess in Armenia has already brought its objective benefits, and it remains for us to conduct the right policy and implement that policy.
Of course, it is not directly related to the topic, but I also want you to know that we are now thinking about creating a talent support fund in Armenia. More precisely, we are not thinking, we have made the decision, we are thinking how to make it more effective. What will the foundation be about? First of all, the government’s policy will be to create the maximum opportunity in terms of both general education and other areas of education, including physical education and sports, so that the talent of our children can manifest itself as much as possible. Self-expression, so to speak, is the basic issue, but in self-expression, naturally, there will be particularly hard-working people, because I believe that talent is not always really the right word. The right word is hard work, because first of all, it is a person who reveals the talent inside him with his hard work, because I believe that all people are equally talented, in the same way, another thing is how objective and subjective conditions contribute to it. Now the objective condition is to bring the educational system to a proper condition, the subjective condition is already connected with the environment: coach, environment and so on. We have to find the talents with difficulties of subjective circumstances, and in consultation with them, their families, see with what individual program we can help that hard work to be more manifested. By the way, let me say that this will not only apply to the field of sports, but also to absolutely all fields, because one person’s talent can be expressed in sports, another in art, and the third in science. I believe that this is also a very important strategic plan, and we must implement this plan.
In fact, I spoke for quite a long time, but I also spoke for a long time to show how excited we are, and I personally, about your victory. I want to thank you and also your family, your parents for this great victory that you brought to the Republic of Armenia.”
Issues related to the further development of chess in Armenia were discussed at the meeting. Thoughts were exchanged on the possibilities of holding international chess tournaments in our country, the state’s programs for the promotion of the field. The Prime Minister noted that the government will continue to support the development of chess and sports in general.
PRIME MINISTER’S STAFF INFORMATION AND PUBLIC RELATIONS DEPARTMENT