International Secondary School Students Experience Vladivostok
The first Pacific Children's Forum began on May 10. It brought together 40 secondary school students from Pacific Rim countries, from the USA, South Korea, China, Vietnam and Russia.
Pacific Children's Forum, held from May 10 to May 15, has begun in Vladivostok. Students from the Pacific Rim countries who know Russian and are 14 to 17 years old were invited to participate in the forum.
The main goal of the forum is to expose Pacific Rim students to Russian culture and Russian language. The forum is also used to determine the winners of the projects' competition, oriented to popularization Russian language and Russian culture abroad. At the end of the forum a "Children of Russian World" club will be established, in which pupils will have an opportunity to communicate, become friends, and better learn about each other's different lifestyles, language and culture. Furthermore, the organizers are sure that such communication will help improve relations between neighboring countries of the Pacific Rim.
The unique character of the event is that it provides a chance to secondary school students from all over the Pacific Rim to speak Russian in Vladivostok - the Asian capital of Russia. This trip to Russia will be fascinating and undoubtedly memorable for children from different countries. The organizers sincerely hope that a love and respect for Russia and Russian culture introduced at a young age will facilitate the development of the capital of Primorsky krai as a concentrated center for talented youth from all over the Pacific Rim.
The forum is held by a noncommercial partnership of the "Model United Nations of the Russian Far East" with the assistance of Russkiy Mir Foundation and Far Eastern Federal University.
Among the partners of the project are: Department of Education and Science, International Cooperation and Tourism Department of the administration of Primorsky krai, Primorsky State Associated Museum named after V.K. Arseniev, municipal cultural institution "Vladivostok Central Library System", LLC "Algos Foods", the independent noncommercial organization "Good Cause" and the "Heritage" company.
Source: Far Eastern Federal University