Select language:

Russian-German Youth Exchange festival WIR-MIR

 / Главная / Russkiy Mir Foundation / News / Russian-German Youth Exchange festival WIR-MIR

Russian-German Youth Exchange festival WIR-MIR


14.07.2017

Russian-German Youth Exchange festival WIR-MIR is taking place in Berlin as a part of the Youth Exchange Year from 13 to 15 June. Russian-German Youth Exchange program 2016-1017 is being developed under an agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Press Conference and the Closing Ceremony of the 2016-2017 Youth Exchange Year took place at the German Federal Foreign Office on July 13. German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel could not be present due to a health issues. He was replaced with his colleague, State Secretary to the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin Markus Ederer. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, State Secretary of Germany's Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth Ralf Kleindiek, the Head of the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs Alexander Bugaev, Executive director of Russkiy Mir Foundation Vladimir Kochin, and other German and Russian officials were participating in the events.

More than 300 schoolchildren, students, youth exchange organizers participate in the festival. Presentations, round tables, discussions, master classes, trainings are included in the rich program. The festival will conclude with a night performance where Russian and German youth musical groups will play.

Let us remember, Russian-German Youth Exchange program is being developed under an agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany in the field of the youth cooperation, signed on December, 21 2004. As per now, 20 thousand people took part in Youth Exchange program events.

Russkiy Mir

Publications

The question, “What are you, illiterate?” has long been regarded as ironic. Indeed, some may be more capable than others, but everyone in Russia can read and write, so no one would ever think of patting themselves on the back for it. International Literacy Day is celebrated right between Knowledge Day (1 September) and World Teachers’ Day (5 October). Perhaps this is why this holiday isn’t very widely celebrated in Russia.
The new law “On Education” passed by the Ukrainian parliament essentially forbids citizens from receiving an education in any language other than Ukrainian. Beginning on 1 September 2018, students will only be able to study in Russian or the languages of other national minorities before the fifth grade. And beginning in 2020, Russian, Hungarian, Romanian, and other languages will be removed from the lower grades as well. Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Russkiy Mir Foundation, Vyacheslav Nikonov, reflects on how this trend meshes with Ukraine’s attempt to become a full-fledged European country.