Since 2013, NIS has dedicated special attention to activities and projects facilitating the reaffirmation and popularization of Russian language in the Republic of Serbia
As the first step towards the objective came the support to the Russian language competition organised by the Russian Centre in Jovan Jovanovic Zmaj High School in Novi Sad with the support of Serbia’s Slavic Society.
The first Olympic Games in Russian language took place in May 2013, with 490 participants from 78 schools in Serbia, Montenegro and the Republic of Srpska. They competed in four categories, although, in their own age and knowledge level range. The finals of NIS’ Olympics were reached by one best ranking pupil from each school, but to do that they had to meet the “Olympic quota” of 40 points. So, 80 finalists have demonstrated their knowledge at the competition.
Seeking to expand the “Power of Knowledge” project by bringing it to the adjacent countries of its operation, in March 2014, NIS staged and lent its support to Romania’s National Olympiad in Contemporary Russian that welcomed 51 best-scoring pupils from seven countries.
888 participants from 158 schools took part in Olympiad in Russian in 2014.
Along with staging Olympic Games in Russian language and granting scholarships to best achieving students, NIS carries out activities related to the promotion and introduction of the Russian language into the educational institutions in the Republic of Serbia (primary, secondary and university departments).
In February 2014, NIS was instrumental in setting up a Serbian-Russian class with sciences and maths as majors in the secondary school of the town of Aleksinac. A free course of Russian language has been made available to all parties interested, first and foremost to the future pupils of this bilingual class. 60 students currently attend the course. The Russian House has provided textbooks and examination sessions free of charge, as well as organization of lectures for the course attendees.
In „Jovan Popović“ primary school in Novi Sad two bilingual instruction – Russian and Serbian language – classes were inaugurated. Their curriculum has been accredited by Serbia’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development. In the new school year, 22 pupils enrolled in the first class, another 11 in the second. Seeking to improve the skills of teachers and streamline the bilingual class process of instruction, NIS has allocated funds and lends support to the training of three lady-teachers at Nizhny Novgorod Linguistics University, where they will intensively immerse in the Russian Language environment and learning, focusing on the Russian language teaching methodology. After completing the bilingual instruction course in primary school „Jovan Popović“, the pupils can continue their studies at the bilingual Russian and Serbian language class of «Jovan Jovanović Zmaj» high school in Novi Sad.