Exhibition to teach Russian language, culture

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LOCALS will have a chance to learn the Russian language and its culture following the opening of the Russian Exhibition in Port Moresby yesterday.
It was opened at the National Library after the signing last year of a memorandum of understanding between Russia and PNG.
Library and Archives director-general Kakaito Kasi thanked the Miklouho-Maclay Foundation for giving PNG people the chance to learn about Russia through the exhibition.
With the theme “unity in diversity”, Kasi said the exhibition was to provide an insight into the culture of Russia, outline education opportunities Russia has to offer and encourage people to learn the Russian language.
The display features 30 canvas prints, mannequins and dolls dressed in traditional Russian costumes and artefacts.
It aims to shed light on the Russian way of life and retraces the history of bilateral relations between Russia and PNG that began in the 19th century. PNG people cherish the memory of Russian scientist and explorer Nicholas Miklouho Maclay during his exhibition in the North East of the New Guinea Island about 150 years ago.
In the exhibition, lectures and tours will be given twice a day, providing visitors with the basic knowledge about Russia.
Foundation director Miklouho Maclay said up to December, the National Library would be giving Russian language lessons on a regular basis.


  • “We can learn more from Russia than what we have over the past years from our traditional partners”


  • what about learning and teaching our own indigenous language and culture in the national universities..?What is the important of learning and knowing other people’s language and culture..? I guess our language and culture are inferior.!No that is not.As Papua New Guineans we must know that our cultures and traditions were inherited orally and that is language..Leaning other people’s culture and language is really suppressing our own language and culture..The government should encourage teaching indigenous language and culture in the universities.

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