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Anna Genova [Photo:] The idea for the Teacher for Russia program originated with two graduates from Saint Petersburg State University, Alena Makovich and Elena Yarmanova after they came across Teach for All, a major international network of nongovernmental social enterprises. Four years have passed since then, and this year the Russian program celebrated its first graduating class. In this interview, the program’s founders and staff tell Russkiy Mir how to put into practice the postulate, “All children will become the authors of their own lives.” The cofounders of the Teacher for Russia...

Rubric: Interview
Subject: Education

Julia Goriacheva Ludmila Rostislavovna Selinsky (USA) is a member of the Congress of Russian Americans, the Russian Nobility Association in America, and the Council of Directors for the Otrada association for cultural education and aid. She spoke with Russkiy Mir about the fates of several generations of her forebears after leaving Russia, as well as her own work to preserve Russia’s cultural heritage. – My father, Rostislav Vladimirovich Polchaninov, is working on the third volume of his memoirs, where he elaborates on this subject with examples from the lives of his family and contemporaries. The previous book, We...

Rubric: Interview
Subject: Diaspora

Marina Bogdanova 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. On 1 September all the children in Russia head off for their school desks. We have a holiday for Slavic writing, Russian Language Day (celebrated on Pushkin’s...

Rubric: Interview
Subject: Education

Elena Novoselova 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...

Rubric: Interview
Subject: Politics

Svetlana Smetanina One must turn to history in order to better understand the reasons behind the often-negative attitudes that countries have toward Russia today, especially in the West. Svetlana Koroleva is the director of the Russkiy Mir-supported project to create “National Myths About Russia,” an electronic resource for research and education, and a professor at the Linguistics University of Nizhny Novgorod. She explains how this myth took shape as early as the chronicles of the Middle Ages and still flourishes today, even in the age of the Internet. – Where did the idea for...

Rubric: Interview
Subject: History

Svetlana Smetanina Photographer Alexander Khimushin was born in Yakutia and now lives in Australia. His photo project “The World In Faces” has become truly global, encompassing dozens of peoples, including those who live on various continents, even in the most distant corners of the world. – Where did the idea for your project “The World In Faces” come from? Are we only talking about the indigenous peoples of Siberia, or is the scope of the project much wider? Alexander Khimushin and Evenk women in national dress. / © Alexander Khimushin / The World In Faces ...

Rubric: Interview
Subject: Culture


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Results of Kniguru in Britain contest have been announced. The gala awarding ceremony of the winners' contest was a part of annual Russian educational exhibition, Rossotrudnichestvo website reports. It is worth reminding that participants were required to write a critical review for...
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Frosts of fifty degrees below zero °C were not an obstacle for schoolchildren from Oymyakon village, Yakutia, RIA Novosti informs. Classes in local schools are cancelled only in case the temperature falls below 52 degrees °C. Then, schoolchildren of the first until fifth grades stay at...