Abovyan College in Marseille
Armenians have lived in France since the early Middle Ages. Basically, there were a lot of Armenians in Paris, Marseilles, Versailles, Lyon, Nice, Poitiers, La Rochelle, Bordeaux, Saint-Chamond, Vienne, Valence. Since the formation of the Armenian community in France, many college-schools, public, charitable and cultural organizations have been established. During the time, these organizations have turned into unique centers for the preservation of Armenian identity. One of them is the school named after Abovyan in Marseille.
The Khachatur Abovyan Association, also known as the Abovyan College, was founded in 1989 by a group of volunteers who brought the two already existing schools together: the AGBU school in Marseille and the school of Armenian Church of Holy Translators. The goal of the volunteers is the following: to perpetuate the Armenian identity and culture in all its manifestations. The college staff organizes and promotes various events: artistic, cultural, educational, as well as leisure.
The college considers it important to improve the quality of education for both adults and children. Being fluent in French is essential to fully integrate into French society, which is why a team of volunteers teaches French there.
The college teaches reading, poetry, Armenian folk songs and dances, chess, piano, choral singing, drawing. The priest of the Armenian Apostolic Church teaches the basics of religious education.
Khachatur Abovyan College is an apostolic college, the aim of which is to teach "knowledge" and "faith". Khachatur Abovyan College is located in the very center of Marseille.