22 december / 2020

On the solemn event on the occasion of the renaming of the Nepali "New Sumnima English School" in the School named after Alexander Nevsky

As part of the events held by the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Nepal, timed to the announcement of 2021 in Russia as the Year of Alexander Nevsky (in connection with 800th anniversary of his birth), on December 23, representatives of the Embassy and the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) took part in the solemn ceremony of conferring the name of Alexander Nevsky to “New Sumnima English School” (Kathmandu).

At the event, welcoming speeches were made by the Ambassador of Russia to Nepal Aleksei A. Novikov, Director of the RCSC Yulia A. Androsova and Director of “New Sumnima English School” Mr. Rabin Muni Bajracharya.

In her speech, the spouse of the Russian Ambassador Alina B. Novikova spoke in detail about the personality and fate of Prince Aleksander Nevsky, paying special attention to his outstanding role in the history of our country.

Alexander Nevsky (1221-1263) occupies a key place in the history of Russia. In the most difficult period of our history, when vast territories of Russia were devastated by the army of Khan Batu, Alexander Yaroslavich led the Russian army and defended North-West Russia from capture by the Swedes and Germans. He, like no one else, understood that the strength of a country lies, first of all, in its unity.

An important event was the battle on the Neva River on July 15, 1240, when the superior forces of the Swedes were defeated. For this victory, the prince received the honorary nickname "Nevsky".

Alexander Nevsky showed the talent of a commander (he never lost a single battle in his entire life) and a diplomat (made peace with the Golden Horde), defending Orthodoxy and repelling the expansion of both the Catholic West and the Mongol-Tatars.

The Nepali heard this story and many other things for the first time.

During the conversation, the director of the school at the Russian Embassy in Nepal Ludmila P. Marokova and the director of the Nepali school Rabin Muni Bajracharya agreed to hold joint cultural events, including cross history lessons, and discussed plans to increase cooperation next year.

In addition, an agreement was reached on organizing the teaching of the Russian language at the linguistic courses, which will begin at the School named after Alexander Nevsky from April 15, 2021 (the beginning of the academic year in Nepal). The transfer to the school of teaching materials on the study of the Russian language (textbooks, phrasebooks, dictionaries) was also organized.

Director of the RCSC Yulia A. Androsova expressed support for these agreements, promised to keep them under the control of the Cultural Center and provide the necessary assistance.

In the future, it is also planned to create a Board of Trustees at the school, which, in addition to providing competent assistance to the educational institution, will exercise professional control over the learning process, the selection of the most talented students and recommend them for possible admission to Russian universities.

The school with the new name was the first step towards creating opportunities for Nepali children to fully learn the Russian language.