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Two schools in Russia named after prominent geographers

As part of the project of the Russian Geographical Society, on October 19, solemn events were held in two regions of the country at once on the occasion of naming educational organizations of the names of outstanding geographers. The school in the village of Avan in the Vyazemsky municipal district of the Khabarovsk Territory will now be named after Mikhail Venyukov, Lyceum No. 8 in Nizhny Novgorod – Evgeny Fedorov.

Evgeny Konstantinovich Fedorov is an outstanding geophysicist, famous polar explorer, head of the hydrometeorological service, academician, statesman and public figure, Hero of the Soviet Union. He was one of the four famous Papaninites – members of the expedition to the drifting station “North Pole – 1” in 1937. He headed the Hydrometeorological Service of the USSR, was engaged in improving the system of meteorological observations, which, under his leadership, was replenished with radars, laboratory aircraft, automatic stations and satellites.

From 1921 to 1927, Yevgeny Fedorov studied at the experimental demonstration school. V. I. Lenin at the Pedagogical Faculty of the Nizhny Novgorod State University. Now it is the city lyceum №8.

Nizhny Novgorod Lyceum No. 8 became the first participant in the Russian Geographical Society project to perpetuate the names of outstanding geographers, implemented since 2022. A memorial plaque in honor of Yevgeny Fedorov was opened on the building of the educational institution. The event was attended by Lyceum activists, Minister of Education, Science and Youth Policy of the Nizhny Novgorod Region Olga Petrova, Director of the Education Department of the Nizhny Novgorod Administration Vladimir Radchenko, public figures of the region and representatives of the Russian Geographical Society.

– The Russian Geographical Society will continue to support the research activities of teachers and students of the Lyceum, the development of the museum. We have different mechanisms: volunteer camps, geographic schools, grants, — emphasized the Deputy Executive Director of the Russian Geographical Society Sergey Korlykhanov.

Sergey Korlykhanov presented gratitude from the Russian Geographical Society for his personal contribution to the work to popularize geography and the development of the Nizhny Novgorod regional branch of the Society to the director of Lyceum No. 8, Irina Yartseva.

– The eighth lyceum is a unique institution in the education system of our city. Museum pedagogy plays a key role in the educational system of the lyceum. Today, 13 museums have been created within the walls of the institution, one of which is dedicated to academician Fedorov, – noted Vladimir Radchenko.

Lyceum No. 8 has a long-standing friendship with the Nizhny Novgorod branch of the Russian Geographical Society. Joint events are held here, schoolchildren participate in the projects of the Society, they visited the Moscow Headquarters of the Russian Geographical Society with an excursion.

– Education of modern youth through acquaintance with the life path of geographers, discoverers, travelers, Heroes of the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation is now more than ever the most important component of the modern educational process. Yevgeny Konstantinovich was a true patriot of his homeland and should become an example for the students of the lyceum, who must be imitated and strive to reach such heights, – said Svetlana Sotkina.

On the same day, the school in the village of Avan, Khabarovsk Territory, received the name of the famous Russian traveler Major General Mikhail Venyukov in the year of the 190th anniversary of his birth. A commemorative plaque in honor of the famous researcher was unveiled on the school building.

Mikhail Ivanovich Venyukov (1832-1901) – traveler, geographer, ethnographer, major general. Born in the village of Nikitinsky, Pronsky district, Ryazan province (now the village of Nikitino, Korablinsky district, Ryazan region). He was engaged in the study of the Far East, Transbaikalia, Tien Shan, Issyk-Kul, Altai, the Caucasus, Turkey, Japan, China, Italy, Norway, North Africa, South and Central America, and also traveled around the world. He was a member of the geographical societies of a number of European countries and collaborated with leading geographers of the world. At the expense of Venyukov, according to his will, a school was built in his native village of Nikitino, Ryazan Region, and a school in the village of Venyukovo, Khabarovsk Territory, where grateful residents, back in 1903, on their own initiative, erected a bust of the researcher.

For several years, Mikhail Ivanovich was the secretary of the Imperial Russian Geographical Society. In his will, he left the Russian Geographical Society 8 thousand gold rubles, for which the Venyukov Prize was established for outstanding research in the Far East.

— The restoration of historical justice, the return of names is not just a patriotic education of young people, it is an opportunity to better know the history of a particular person, our past, without which it is impossible to build a bright future. Thanks to the project of the Russian Geographical Society, the Ministry of Education and Science of the Khabarovsk Territory decided to establish a competition of geographical, historical, ethnographic works named after Mikhail Venyukov, – noted the director of the school Yevgeny Yarovenko.

The Russian Geographical Society donated board games, books and maps of Russia to the school, which contribute to learning in an informal game format.

– Mikhail Ivanovich devoted a large segment of his life to the study of the Far East, laying the first routes and contributing to the development of the region, as well as to the development of education and librarianship. His numerous printed works have become part of the cultural code not only of the region, but of the entire country. I hope that the school will continue to implement interesting socially significant initiatives, – added the deputy chairman of the Khabarovsk regional branch of the Russian Geographical Society Maxim Klitsenko.

The project of the Russian Geographical Society, dedicated to the assignment of the names of outstanding scientists to educational organizations, aroused great interest in various regions of the Russian Federation. This year, in the Apsheronsky District of the Krasnodar Territory, the name of Nikolai Vavilov was given to the Children’s Ecological and Biological Center, and the name of Nikolai Przhevalsky was given to the House of Children’s and Youth Tourism and Excursions. We also received support for the initiative to name Peter Semyonov-Tyan-Shansky to school No. 4 in the city of Chaplygin in the Lipetsk region and Georgy Ushakov to a school in the village of Lazarevo in the Jewish Autonomous Region.

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