PetrSU at the Opening of the School Museum of Twin-City Relations
The Derzhavinsky Lyceum opened a museum that covers the history of 12 twin-cities of Petrozavodsk.
The project School Museum – the Meeting Place and Platform for Cooperation between Twin-Cities is implemented by the Karelian Resource Center of Non-governmental Organizations with the support of the Presidential Grants Foundation.
Over more than 50 years of the development of the twin-city relations in Petrozavodsk, there are now a great number of presents from twin-cities that showcase the culture and traditions of other countries. Thus came the idea to establish a museum of twin-cities relations. The Derzhavinsky Lyceum has been chosen as the premises for the museum as it has room for exposition that is already used as a location for temporary exhibitions, which is additionally located next to the art gallery that is also used in classes. Moreover, the Derzhavinsky Lyceum has extensive experience in the integration of museum exhibits into the educational process as the school has teachers who have previously worked at school museums. The resources of the museum spaces are used in interactive games for schoolchildren and adults in the city.
The teachers of the Institute of Foreign Languages Nadezhda Barymova, Vadim Pavlov and Igor Krasnov have long been engaged in the organization of international camps of language and culture that unite young people from twin-cities. These projects are part of the history of the twin-city relations and have become a shining example of friendship and cooperation. At the opening, the teachers of the IFL welcomed the organizers of the museum, administration of the Derzhavinsky Lyceum, numerous guests, as well as presented books on Duluth and La Rochelle.
Nadezhda Barymova is the chairperson of the Friends of France society that has already celebrated the 45-year anniversary of the friendly relations with the city of La Rochelle. In her speech, Nadezhda highlighted the need to support and develop the ties between the cities by engaging schoolchildren and students in the cooperation. The longest and most notable case of this cooperation is the exchange between students of the Institute of Foreign Languages of PetrSU and students of Lycee Jean Dautet, who will come to Petrozavodsk on February 14 to study the Russian language, as well as the history and traditions of Karelia.
Another present from Petrozavodsk State University was the performance of the Toive folk music ensemble.