Russian-speaking youth in Estonia attend embassy-sponsored weekend event (2)
Over the weekend, a forum of Russian-speaking youth sponsored by the Russian Embassy in Tallinn was held at the Nelijärve Holiday Center in Harju County, southeast of the Estonian capital.
Organizers of the forum had invited active young Russian-speakers to a discussion on subjects such as education, career building, social action and carrying out projects both in Estonia and abroad, the Reval Media Agency's (RMA) homepage said.
The program of the meeting included presentations, discussions, master classes and roundtables, said RMA. Participants held discussions on the trustworthiness of official statistics and the truthfulness of news published on the internet and on social media, the website said. Other topics discussed included obtaining an education in Estonia and abroad as well as participation in youth projects in Europe.
The youth attendees also had an opportunity to communicate directly with Russian Ambassador Alexander Petrov in an informal atmosphere.
The meeting, the first of its kind, dealt with a wide variety of subjects including globalization, the role of technology and the internet in the lives of young people and relations between children and parents. The children asked the ambassador about possibilities to study at Russian universities and work in Russia as well as about support for youth projects.
An internet group was set up of participants in the forum, RMA said.
The meeting, which brought together Russian-speaking youth up to 25 years of age from all over Estonia, was organized by Pushkin Institute Tallinn, the RMA and the youth organization EstYes, with additional financial support from the Russian Embassy and featured guests from the Pushkin Institute, the Estonian Association of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature and the Russian Embassy.