YEREVAN(Yerkir)–Founded in 1990–the ARF Nigol Aghbalian Student Association has played a crucial role in politicizing students in Armenia throughout the years. Members of the ARF Bureau Supreme Body joined the students in a celebration of the Association’s 13th anniversary on November 13.
"The contribution of the Armenian youth and the Nigol Aghbalian Student Association to our history are obvious–but we have not accomplished all of our tasks," said ARF Supreme Body Representative Armen Rustamian. "We face many challenges today that can be overcome–only if we join our efforts. . . We gained our independence by way of a united front–and primarily through the efforts of our youth–who entered the struggle realizing its meaning and importance."
ARF Bureau member Mario Nalbandian served as the sponsor for the eight students who joined the ran’s of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation during the event. Addressing the participants–Nalbandian recalled that it was Simon Zavarian who–realizing the critical role of students–founded the ARF Student Association back in 1904.