The Russian language is not at all difficult, instead it is very interesting to study it - this is the conclusion reached by African students after the first Russian lesson in their life.
More than 100 students and about 20 Russian language teachers from Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya, Zambia, Uganda, Madagascar and Mauritius took part in the first of the events of the large-scale educational project "Distant Russian in Africa", announced by the vice-rector of Moscow State University (MSU), Vice-President of MAPRYAL Tatyana Kortava at the Russian-Tanzanian online forum held a month ago. The representative of Rossotrudnichestvo in Tanzania Maria Pateeva suggested expanding the project to include a workshop for teachers.
The Intensive Russian Language Course and Continuing Education Workshop for East Africa began online on 20 July and will run for two weeks. The co-organizers were the Institute of Russian Language and Culture of Moscow University (IRLC) and the Russian Center for Science and Culture in Dar es Salaam, which ensured the participation of African youth and our Russian-compatriots living here in this comprehensive project.
Speaking at the opening of the webinar, Valery Chastnykh, deputy director of the IRLC - MSU, said: “The huge interest of African students and teachers in our proposed programs shows that the ties between Russia and the African continent have been preserved, despite the changes that have taken place in the world. We are loved, remembered and expected in Africa. MSU will continue to conduct educational events in African countries. We hope that we will receive support in this from Russian state, public and commercial organizations."
The joint project of MSU and Rossotrudnichestvo was greeted by one of the most famous Africans in our country - President of the Association of foreign alumni living and working in Russia, President of the Union of Africans in Russia Aniset Gabriel Kochofa. He is confident that other African countries will gladly join the “Distant Russian in Africa” project.