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18 October 2014 → International Friendship Club "Meridian" opened at School No 49 of the capital

A grand opening of the International Friendship Club "Meridian" was held at secondary school № 49 of the Frunze District. As the "Minsk-news" agency correspondent reports, among the guests attending the ceremony there were the Assistant to the President of the Republic of Belarus - the Chief Inspector of the city of Minsk Alexander Yakobson, Deputy Chairman of the Minsk City Executive Committee Igor Karpenko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the Republic of Belarus Americo Diaz Nunez, Head of the Frunze District Administration Boris Vasilyev.

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At the entrance to the school the guests were greeted with bread and salt.

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- Bread and salt symbolize our cordiality and hospitality, - the schoolchildren explained to their foreign guests.

The representatives of Venezuela were pleasantly surprised at how well the schoolchildren spoke Spanish.

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After that the guests were invited to the foyer of the second floor of the school.

The schoolchildren told the guests for what purpose the Club was created, about the way the room for the Club was decorated by them in September. The structure of "Meridian" includes the sections of Philology "Dialogue", History "Time. Events. Facts", Geography "Across Countries and Continents". The heraldry of the Club includes a blue tie and a badge with a picture of the emblem of the Club.

The schoolchildren tied such ties for the guests of honour too.

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"We work closely with school № 114 named after Simon Bolivar. And we would be very pleased if we could have such a partnership with school No 49", noted Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to Belarus Americo Diaz Nunez. "Our help in the study of the Spanish language, in getting to know our national music and dancing would do a lot of good for the process of education. Especially that the school is close to Park named after Hugo Chavez", he added.

According to Alexei Sharapov, Headmaster of school No 49, there are more than 1,800 schoolchildren at school, including children of other nationalities. Therefore, it was decided to create a club in which children could learn the history and traditions of different countries, foreign languages. All this will help them in the future. The club is open to all boys and girls between the ages of 10 to 17 years.

Then there was held the grand opening of the Club "Meridian". The right to cut the ribbon was given to the Assistant to the President of the Republic of Belarus - the chief inspector of the city of Minsk Alexander Yakobson, Deputy chairman of the Minsk City Executive Committee Igor Karpenko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the Republic of Belarus Americo Diaz Nunez, Head of the Frunze District Administration Boris Vasilyev.

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"The Belarusian-Venezuelan relations are rapidly developing", emphasized Igor Karpenko. "In Minsk, there is Latin American Cultural Center named after Simon Bolivar; on October 18, Park named after Hugo Chavez was inaugurated. Symbolically, school No 49 is located near this park. During one year schoolchildren will study the history and culture of Venezuela. I think that within a year the school will establish contacts with one of the educational institutions of Caracas. Schoolchildren of both countries will establish correspondence, start communication on "Skype", which will allow further study of the Spanish language and culture of our sister country. Such interaction strengthens friendship, brings people together, makes it possible to create the so-called bridges of public diplomacy, without which it is impossible to move forward and secure peace and tranquility of our planet", he added.

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Photo by Sergey Sheleg

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