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Susanna BALAYAN,

Photos by Ruslan Sargsyan

The war caused great disasters to the Artsakh Republic: occupied territories, many abandoned houses, thousands of victims. The territory of the republic was so compressed that the border passes through the territory of the village Shosh. That is why the villagers return to the village with indecision. However, despite the difficult political and psychological situation of the people in the country, the people of Shosh gathered in the village of their grandfathers, rebuilt the homes, sent the children to school, and in the near future to the kindergarten.
"The Secondary School after Sargis Abrahamyan resumed its normal work on January 11," said the school principal Hamlet Harutyunyan. "21 students attended the school that day." And today, as of January 27, 67 students attend the school, 11 of whom are from the village of Mkhitarashen. In total, 99 out of 113 schoolchildren are in Artsakh, 32 of whom study in schools of the capital or in other nearby villages; only 14 schoolchildren are still in Armenia,” the principal said.
He regrets that all the school windows were broken due to the shelling and bombing. During the last month and a half, we managed to change all the windows of the school, restore the heating system, as a result of which we managed to resume normal work on January 11.
"During the war, all computers, printers and other devices were lost from the school," says H. Harutyun, with regret: - With the support of the well-known philanthropist in Artsakh, Michel Tankrez, one computer and one multifunction printer was acquired, which made it possible to conduct informatics classes.
The lessons take place in a calm, practical atmosphere, assures the experienced head of the school.”The main problem is that the lessons missed during the three months after the war should be condensed and to be taught along with the planned hours in this semester, so that by June 12, i.e. the end of the school year, all the planned hours are taught”.
Except for one teacher, the rest have returned, says H. Harutyunyan. The principal does not reserve the right to urge absent students to return, as security issues are not yet fully resolved. Each resident of Shosh decides for himself whether to return to his native village or not. There are many houses in the village that have been partially or completely destroyed. H. Harutyunyan is convinced that when all the destroyed houses are restored, the security issues will be clearly resolved, and the people of Shosh, who are absent today, will return with their families.
After the interview, when the school bell rang, we went out into the yard. It was a fun, enjoyable day, the children playing in the yard with the carelessness and brightness typical of their age, as their peers would do in any school in the world. How will the future of our children be arranged? I noticed that there was some movement in the adjacent kindergarten. I inquired, and it turned out that the kindergarten staff was cleaning the area. They are preparing for the reception of children. They still have a water problem. "The water supply of the kindergarten was carried out from the river flowing inside the village," said the head of the kindergarten Naira Arustamyan. - The water was delivered by a pump located there, which was out of order.
The kindergarten is designed for 50-55 children, according to the head of the kindergarten. Last year, about 30 children attended. Currently 24 children are registered.