By Patience Nyagato
ZIMBABWE and Russia continue to deepen relations, with Russian language training being introduced for Zimbabweans, especially those intending to study or work in the Eastern Europe giant.
With a view to bridging the communication gap between the two countries, the introduction of Russian language examinations and lessons in the country will help Zimbabwean nationals who intend to study or work in Russia.
The Russian Federation together with the Presidential Office for National Scholarships conducted a Russian open lesson in Harare this Friday to mark the introduction of the first-ever Russian language examinations in the country.
More than one thousand people including students, business people and representatives from various government departments, have applied to take part in the first-ever Russian language programme.
“This event is the first one in the history of Zimbabwe and Russia. We have representatives from our state universities who are here for the first time. As you know in Russia most of our programs at universities and colleges are conducted in Russian language. So those who want to have relationships with the Russian federation, we have general language courses dedicated for everyone in Zimbabwe. Students or journalists or people from different Zimbabwean agencies. We have increased the number of Russian scholarships,” said Ms Natalia Muzhennikova, First Secretary of the Russian Embassy.
Zimbabwe and the Russian Federation relations date back to the days of the liberation struggle, with the two countries collaborating in various economic sectors.