The residents of Azerbaijan took part in the Geographic dictation of the Russian Geographical Society, which this year became international. In Baku, there you could check your knowledge of the geography of Russia at two sites: in the Moscow branch of the Lomonosov Moscow State University and at the Russian Information and Cultural Center.
Baku branch of the Moscow State University became the largest foreign platform of the educational action of the Society: the application for participation in the dictation was submitted by 923 people. To accommodate everyone, the university involved 12 audiences, including a large and small assembly halls. Each of the rooms was equipped with a screen for demonstrating the issues of the dictation. People of different professions and ages came to show their erudition and get new knowledge - from 12 to 73 years. They are scientists, students, schoolchildren, as well as those all who are interested in geography.
«In Azerbaijan, more than 150,000 schoolchildren and students are being taught in Russian. Here they are always being interested in Russia, its language. We knew that the dictation will be held for the third time and for the first time abroad, and there is no doubt that it would arouse great interest in Azerbaijan,» - said a member of the Russian Geographical Society, member of the initiative group of the Society in Azerbaijan Hasan Yuzbashov.
Within the walls of the university there was the atmosphere of the holiday. Whole families were coming write the dictation. School teacher Safura Rahimova took her children with her: «The geographic dictation became for us this Sunday a real celebration ... Such events contribute to intellectual development, greatly expand the horizon, they are being an excellent opportunity for the development of our children».
Riyad Mirzoyev, the ninth-grader, met his friends at the Dictation: «Here I saw many pupils of secondary schools, their friends. At our age it is very important to get knowledge that will be useful in the future. I would like to note that there were very interesting and informative questions. Dictation for me was a kind of competition, in which I wanted to test myself, and this experience has become very useful».
«For me, as an instructor working in the economic field, it was very interesting to test myself in the geographical area, to see the talented and aspiring youth - the future of our country», - the professor of the Department of International Economic Relations of the Azerbaijan State Economic University Rufat Gasimov shared.
The Dictation was moderated by researchers from the Lomonosov Moscow State University. Before the action began, they told about the history, expeditions and volunteer projects of the Russian Geographical Society, conducted a quiz about the nature of Russia.
It is interesting that the issues of the dictation were written in Russian - in Azerbaijan they know it well.
«I myself took part in the dictation,» - says Alexander Slepkov, Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, a professor at the Physics Department of the Lomonosov Moscow State University. - Maybe I answered not all the questions, but this is a curious and interesting event, and I really liked it.»
After the Dictation, the participants thanked the organizers for the opportunity to test their knowledge and even expressed the wish - that a branch of the Moscow State University would have a geographical faculty. «Carrying out the Geographic Dictation in the Baku branch of the Moscow State University has made a great contribution not only to the development of education and upbringing of the younger generation, but it has become a wonderful holiday for all the participants», - the head of the initiative group of the Russian Geographical Society in Azerbaijan Javid Zamanov summed up.
We would like to remind you that for those who could not come to the site, the dictation was organized online on the website dic.rgo.ru. It started the 26th of November 26 at 14:00 Moscow time and will last until 14:00 of the 30th of November, 2017 Moscow time.