First lessons for foreign students and schoolchildren, dedicated to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia were held the schools of Nizhny Novgorod. The city administration told Welcome2018.com that the classes were attended by the students from the Czech Republic and high school students from China, who visited Nizhny Novgorod on the international exchange program.
The lessons about the World Cup explain the city's preparations for the tournament and large-scale changes in the host country. Lessons will be held regularly in the framework of cultural and educational programs for foreign students. Students from Germany, France, Austria, Armenia, Serbia, Great Britain, Czech Republic, Italy, China, the Republic of Korea and the United States visit Nizhny Novgorod once a year.
Such events should influence the attendance of the World Cup matches, Chair of the Committee for Foreign Economic and Interregional Relations at the Nizhny Novgorod Administration Elena Mishina said.
"Within the framework of such exchanges foreign students that visit Nizhniy Novgorod become acquainted not only with its attractions, but also learn about the culture of Russia,” Mishina said. “We don’t just work on the positive city image, hosting these lessons this year, handing the guys souvenirs of the 2018 World Cup, we hope that after 2.5 years, these students, their parents and friends will come to Russia, perhaps, as tourists or volunteers. The FIFA World Cup is the biggest global sporting event, and the fact that Nizhny Novgorod was given the right to organize the tournament, to hold one of the quarter-finals, sparks a huge interest of foreign students," she added.
Mishina also said that in the future it is planned to alternate classes with football matches. "Of course, we plan to regularly conduct such lessons, perhaps in the future they will be complemented by a friendly football matches between students,” she said.
In the near future delegations from Germany, Czech Republic, France, Armenia and the United States will arrive to Nizhny Novgorod.