April 26, 2022: federal educational project "Vladimir Arsenyev Memorial Year" launched by Russian Geographical Society, has been also supported by Taganrog Vocational Technical School of Marine Engineering. The first videoconference was organized by Taganrog Local Government's Foreign Office. The event was dedicated to Vladimir Arsenyev, Russian explorer of the Far East and writer, who recounted his travels in a series of books.
The communication was held in Russian language, the conference was moderated by the member of Russian Geographical Society, college geography teacher Gennady Shmidko in Taganrog and Olga Lepeyeva, deputy director and Russian language teacher at Naryn school No. 2 named after Valery Chkalov.
During the online meeting one of the most famous books of Arsenyev is "Dersu Uzala" was discussed. Dersu Uzala was a Nanai trapper and hunter who worked as a guide for the writer. Arsenyev's memoir has been adapted for the big screen twice, with the Soviet-Japanese film by Akiro Kurosawa winning most accolades. In 1976 it won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, the Golden Prize and the Prix FIPRESCI at the 9th Moscow International Film Festival, and other awards. Both Russian and Kyrgyz students underlined the importance of protecting and saving nature, understanding of uniqueness and identity of every person on Earth.
Kyrgyz students have been regularly participating in cultural events organized in Taganrog, including a "video bridge"
within the framework of the International Project "The Heritage of Saints Cyril and Methodius in the modern world"
(in cooperation with Taganrog Municipal School No. 5), International Children's Art Contest "Anton Chekhov and Characters of his Works"
, and in the 2nd International Reading and Literature project "Reading Chekhov Aloud"
, where kids from Naryn were the most active participants with over 20 videos in Russian, Kyrgyz, English and German languages.