Moscow, Feb. 26, GNA - Six children from Ghana and 19 others from three African countries have safely arrived home after spending 10 days deep in Central Russian woods, in the Penza Region, located roughly 600 km South East of Moscow.
The 25 children from Ghana, Egypt, Kenya and South Africa attended the International Smart Holidays, a “Rosatom School” project supported by State Atomic Energy Corporation, Rosatom.
Dr Robert B. M. Sogbadji, the Deputy Director of Nuclear and Alternative Energy at the Ministry of Energy and the Coordinator of the Ghana Nuclear Power Programme, said: “I am very happy this programme has seen a fruitful end and thank Rosatom so much for the opportunity given the kids from Ghana.
“They have seen different cultures of the world and this would change their thought pattern as they return to their friends in Ghana and also missing their friend from the rest of the world.”
Dr Sogbadji said: “Ghana already benefits from educational scholarship programmes from Russia through our intergovernmental cooperation and I will say that this is a step further to strengthen the Ghana-Russia cooperation, especially in the sphere of peaceful uses of nuclear energy.”
“We look forward to a stronger bonding of both countries through similar programmes, which should lead to the establishment of collaborative economically viable projects in the near future,” he said.
The children spent their days developing new skills in art and sports, learning about Russian culture and celebrating traditional Russian Maslenitsa week.
From the first day upon arrival, on February 9, the children participated in multilingual educational and entertainment events, staging their own immersive theatre performance, curating personal exhibitions, creating educational quests, learning modern and Russian folk dances and making new friends among other participants from Bangladesh, Russia, Turkey and Vietnam.
One of the children from Ghana said: “It’s a very good experience. I learned all about Russian traditions and Moscow and so much more”.
Another one from Kenya said: “I saw snow for the first time! It’s really cold, but it’s so much fun”.
“I’m speechless, I love the place. It’s beautiful, it’s everything that we see on television, but we didn’t expect it to be as gorgeous. I’m flabbergasted,” a participant from South Africa said.
Viktor Polikarpov, Rosatom Central and South Africa Regional Vice President, said Rosatom was happy to contribute to the learning experience of the African youth.
“We firmly believe that innovative and creative practices like Rosatom School help children to gain confidence and reveal their creative potential," he said.