On 9 October 2015, the grand opening of the Centre for the Study and Testing of the Russian Language took place in the city of Jalal-Abad in southern Kyrgyzstan.
Behind the project for the opening of the centre, and also in charge of organizational issues and ongoing operations, is the Public Fund Russkoye Dostoyaniye, an active agent in the field of Russian language support and the promotion of Russian culture in Kyrgyzstan. This is not the first project of its kind for the Fund: in September of last year it actively participated in commissioning the Centre for the Study of the Russian Language in the Osh-based branch of the Russian State Social University (RSSU).
The opening of the Centre was made possible by the assistance of Gazprom International, a specialized operator for executing PJSC Gazprom's foreign oil and gas projects. Additional support was provided by the Embassy of the Russian Federation and representatives of Rossotrudnichestvo and the Federal Migration Service of the Russian Federation in the Kyrgyz Republic.
Gazprom International, which operates in almost 20 countries around the world, is currently implementing a large exploration project in the Kugart and East Maylisu IV blocks, located in the south of the country. At the same time, the company also maintains a strong focus on social and charitable issues, playing a large role in these realms, and an event such as the opening of the Centre of Russian Language in Jalal-Abad once again confirms its reputation as a socially-oriented enterprise.
The creation of such centres is a shining example of the strengthening strategic partnership between the Russian Federation and the Kyrgyz Republic (KR) in the political, economic and cultural spheres. In fact, early this year Kyrgyzstan joined the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), and such major Russian companies as Rosneft, Rushydro, Rosinbank and Gazprom subsequently entered the Kyrgyz market. This not only gives new impetus to bilateral economic relations, it also lends substantial support to the development of Russian-language education in the Republic.
The demand in Kyrgyzstan for Russian language as an instrument of international dialogue in the post-Soviet space and beyond has risen sharply due to membership in the EAEU and changes in migration legislation. The educational opportunities offered by the Centre will foster more comfortable conditions for Kyrgyz citizens living and working in EAEU countries.
The Centre's activities in Jalal-Abad are aimed at expanding the use of the Russian language: courses are free of charge, which is particularly important for lower-income social groups. In addition to language studies, the Centre will offer lectures on the history and culture of Russia and Federal Migration Service personnel will give classes on the migration legislation of the Russian Federation. Should they need to, or if they simply wish to, graduates of these classes can opt for testing in the Russian language.
The opening of the Jalal-Abad centre was attended by the heads of a number of cities and regions in southern Kyrgyzstan, representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science, and the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Gazprom International branch in the Kyrgyz Republic, and Andrey Krutko, the Russian Federation Ambassador in the Kyrgyz Republic.
Photo from the Information Portal of Russia in Kyrgyzstan