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Russian language returns to Uzbekistan

30.07.2021 65 просмотров

The Russian language is in demand in Uzbek Termez, despite the exodus of native speakers from it.


The Russian language, as before, is in demand in Uzbek Termez, despite the exodus of almost all native speakers from it over the last quarter of a century. In corr. TASS was convinced by walking on Thursday with a local colleague along the streets of the administrative center of the southernmost Surkhandarya region of Uzbekistan.


“Almost 20 years ago, almost every inhabitant of Termez, and and of the entire region, spoke Russian tolerably, then in the early 90s the Russian-speaking of the population, and  the  great and mighty has practically disappeared from everyday life, and in the last few years, his unexpected return has begun, - said the correspondent of the local newspaper Hamid. In     the longest avenue in the city «Termezi» and Central dekhkan market of the city, where there are a lot of signboards in Russian, and most of the sellers willingly speak Russian.


Indeed, on the street, the signs familiar from Russian cities "World of Pharmacies", "Chicken House", "Repair of Household Appliances", " Computer repair”, “Cafe Aphrodite”, signs “open”, “closed”, “re-registration” and many others.


Then, at the market, I notice that local cakes are more expensive than in the capital of the republic, and there I immediately hear the answer. “A whatever you wanted, here they are much tastier, made from unleavened dough, and therefore more expensive,” a middle-aged woman explains to me intelligibly in Russian.


The return of the Russian language to Surkhandarya is also facilitated by the fact that a lot of local residents work in Russia. Guest workers, arriving at their homeland, talk about the fact that Uzbeks who know the Russian language well always find a more profitable job and urge to study it.


Experts believe that the return of the Russian language to south Uzbekistan is facilitated by Russian investment in the region's economy. According to official data, over the past five years, Russian regions have invested more than $100 million in the economy of the Surkhandarya region. On its territory, 41 joint Uzbek-Russian enterprises have been established, as well as a number of companies with the participation of Russian capital, in   which employ Russian specialists.


The Russian language returns to schools and universities


Last year, the government of Uzbekistan, with the support of Russian philanthropists of Uzbek origin, launched a large-scale work to return the Russian language to the system of school and higher education. In particular, the Ministry of Public Education of Uzbekistan and the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation have launched a joint educational project called “Class!”. Within its framework, specialists from the Herzen Russian State Pedagogical University sent to Uzbekistan will teach the Russian language as a separate subject, as well as expanding the range of academic disciplines in Russian. More than 30,000 people are expected to improve their skills through this program. local teachers, which will bring the teaching of Russian and subjects in Russian to a new qualitative level.


According to the Minister of Public Education of Uzbekistan Sherzod Shermatov, there are more than ten thousand schools with Russian as the language of instruction in the republic, which is almost fifteen percent of all educational institutions . Also at present in Uzbekistan there are branches of Lomonosov Moscow State University, Plekhanov University of Economics, MISiS, Mendeleev Institute of Chemical Technology and and a number of other leading Russian universities, teaching in which is conducted in Russian .

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