Egyptian children are wrapping up their winter holiday in Russia
On February 21st children from several Middle Eastern and African countries including Egypt and Turkey safely arrived home after spending 10 days deep in Central Russia woods, in the Penza region, located roughly 600 km south-east of Moscow. The children were attending "International Smart Holidays" – a “Rosatom School” project supported by State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom.
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 9th, the children were immersed in multilingual educational and entertainment events, staging their own immersive theater 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.
The Egyptian participants shared their experiences of the trip. Yusuf ElNady said, ‘I absolutely loved it. I’d never seen so much snow in my life, and the atmosphere and the people were great and we had great fun. I hope to come back here one day.’ Habiba Nagy added, ‘Everything was wonderful – the place, the people, the fun activities. It was amazing to be part of Russian holiday traditions and to get to know kids from so many other countries. That was really something I’ll never forget.’
Director of Rosatom Middle East and North Africa Alexander Voronkov said, "In the light of our partnership with Egypt, we place a high value on furthering cultural ties between our two countries, and we are happy to see Egyptian children benefit from the opportunity to get to know Russia and its culture.”