Nope, those red-headed siblings are not the Weasleys of the Harry Potter universe; they’re the Hovhikyans of TUMO: 17-year-old Nane, 15-year-old Mery, and 14-year-old Davit. You’ll find them either at TUMO Gyumri, where they attend workshops and learning labs, or at the TUMO Box in Akhuryan. Besides TUMO Gyumri and the Akhuryan box you can even see one of them, Nane, on BBC. The siblings want to become skilled professionals in whichever field they specialize in because as they put it, “this is what Armenia needs to get stronger”. We peeked into their magical routine in and outside TUMO through a little questionnaire, so buckle up!
Q: What’s your first memory of TUMO?
Mery: The registration process. At that very moment, I had already wanted to dive into the world of TUMO.
Nane: The big red room where we do self-learning activities.
Davit: The first time I ever came to TUMO was with my sisters, but they couldn’t register me because of the age barrier, so I had to wait for four months.
Q: What are your favorite learning targets at TUMO?
Mery: Drawing, music, photography, graphic design, and 3D modeling.
Nane: Music, because I think it’s not only my hobby but also my passion, as I am a teenager, and it’s typical for people of my age.
Davit: Robotics and web development.
Q: What were the most notable learning labs you attended at TUMO?
Mery: “Ethnoculture” and “Soundtracks for Fairy Tales” where I created a soundtrack for an Armenian fairy tales, “The Swallow”.
Nane: “Ethnoculture,” where I composed an Argentinian tango, “Soundtracks for Fairy Tales” and Tom Auger’s “Art through Generative AI.”
Davit: The robotics ones.
Q: What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned at TUMO?
Mery: Be more self-assertive.
Nane: Trusting myself.
Davit: It helped me decide what I want to do in the future.
Davit Hovhikyan’s website
Q: What do you do outside of TUMO?
Mery: Music, drawing, and dance.
Nane: I love math and English.
Davit: Programming and developing websites. I also like participating in various contests, like the school competition ‘Koreez’ where I came out first.
Q: What do you plan to do in the future?
Mery: I have many goals for the future, which are more tangible now, thanks to TUMO.
Nane: I want to become a programmer.
Davit: I plan to become a programmer and start my own programming company.
Q: What’s one fun fact about yourself?
Mery: I sew clothes and knit dolls.
Nane: I never fail to smile.
Davit: I always like to be right and it doesn’t really matter what it’s about.
And one general answer to the question below:
Q: If you could say one thing to convince the teens of Akhuryan to join TUMO, what would you say?
A: TUMO will give you the opportunity to explore fields which can become your occupation in the future. Also, the fact that now kids can complete their self-learning activities at the box and go to the hub in Gyumri only for the workshops is already motivating enough.
We don’t know what the future is going to be like for the Hovhikyan siblings but we know for sure that it’s going to be magical. So, let’s wait and see.