Zvamaida Murwira-Senior reporter
More than 200 people have signed up to learn the Russian language, a project aimed at providing Zimbabwean citizens with an opportunity to learn about the country’s culture as the two countries seek to deepen their cooperation.
The program, which started last month, includes individuals, representatives of various organizations and state bodies, and is managed by St. Petersburg State University and the Russian Federation’s Ministry of Education. Russia.
Zimbabweans are already learning the Chinese language through the Confucius Institute at the University of Zimbabwe as Harare and Beijing seek to boost close bilateral ties dating back to the liberation struggle.
Russia and China are part of Zimbabwe’s broader policy of looking east following efforts by western capitals to isolate Harare.
In a statement released yesterday, the Russian Embassy in Zimbabwe said the program was the first Russian language course opened by a Russian higher education institution in Zimbabwe in the past 30 years.
âThe ‘Zimbabwe Open Russian Language Teaching Center’ is a project of great opportunities.
This gives the citizens of Zimbabwe a great chance to learn the Russian language as well as to get acquainted with the Russian culture and the peculiarities of life in this country.
“The courses are completely free and are conducted with respect by experienced professors from one of the best universities,” read the Russian Embassy’s statement.
âLanguage courses at St. Petersburg State University not only allow students to learn one of the most difficult and beautiful languages ââin the world, but also have specific advantages. Students who join the project benefit from a whole range of generous opportunities and are truly immersed in the world of the Russian language.
The Russian Embassy noted that the introduction of its language among Zimbabweans has aroused enthusiasm.
âFor this reason, the project aroused great excitement among the inhabitants of the country. As a result, the courses are currently attended by over 200 people.
âThe course participants are individuals, representatives of various organizations and public bodies.
They are all united by a genuine interest in Russia and the Russian language, âthe embassy said.
Chronicle of some of the benefits, the Embassy noted that teachers use effective methods of teaching Russian as a foreign language by developing a friendly atmosphere in groups both inside and outside the classroom.
âSecond, students have free access to unique resources and many textbooks, useful for studying Russian language and culture.
In addition, at the end of the course, participants will receive a certificate of mastering the online course and be allowed to take an exam of Russian as a foreign language at the Language Testing Center of the University of Saint Petersburg. If they pass the exam, students will receive an A1 international level certificate in Russian, âthe embassy said. It was also noted that participants will be able to attend training in the Russian Federation in the future.
âThere used to be over 15,000 quotas that allowed foreigners to study for free in our country, and now there are even more.
In addition, the university has its own quota, so we are very happy to welcome young people to study.