Students from grades 8, 9 and 11 will take part in the 3rd Youth Symposium on World Cultural Heritage, which will open on April 1 in Athens.
“At the symposium, young people will represent the culture of their countries,” says Alexandra Matyushina, English teacher and coordinator of the ILS delegation. “Our delegation will present a report on the Vladivostok fortress.”
“The Vladivostok fortress is a unique structure that fully fulfilled its mission of guarding Vladivostok,” says 11th grader Arina Ostrovskaya. “Despite the fact that not a single shot was fired from the fortress, Japanese troops did not dare land on Russian territory.”
“We are preparing for the symposium very seriously,” says 9th grader Milinda Hayrapetyan. “We went to the Vladivostok Fortress museum, where we were told about the history of its construction, the engineers who designed the unique fortification structure, built about 100 ago and preserved to this day. In addition, the forts of the fortress are a favorite walking site for many Vladivostok residents.”
The students also met with the head of the Inspectorate for the Protection of Cultural Heritage Objects, Vladimir Osetskiy, who spoke about the measures the state is taking to preserve this historic site.
“Participation in the International Youth Symposium is a great opportunity to show children from other countries Russia’s vast cultural heritage,” notes ILS Principal Olga Shevchenko. “I am certain that the symposium will bring together young people from many countries, and for Russian representatives it is an additional opportunity to show people that Russia is a great country with a rich history.”
At the Symposium, participants will sign a resolution on the protection of world cultural heritage.