SPbU has held the Olympiad on history

The solemn ceremony of awarding the winners and prize-winners of the Olympiad for schoolchildren in history of St. Petersburg has been held at the historical park "Russia — My History". The participants were school students from 13 entities of the Russian Federation, as well as Kazakhstan, Latvia and Turkey.

The Olympiad for schoolchildren on the history of St. Petersburg is the first joint project of St Petersburg University and the Museum and Exhibition Centre "Russia — My History". The competition was dedicated to the 80th anniversary since the "Road of Life" began to operate. The "Road of Life" was the only route that connected besieged Leningrad with the rest of the country. Aleksandr Babich, Senior Vice-Rector for Youth Policy and Admissions, in his welcoming speech told about the efforts of SPbU to preserve the memory of deceased residents of the besieged city and soldiers who gave their lives for the freedom and independence of our Motherland.

More than 2500 teachers and students left classrooms to take part in the battles of the Great Patriotic War. In memory of courage and bravery of our university students, St Petersburg University published the book "We know what war means", which includes memories of the siege of Leningrad and combat operations on the front line. I would like to complement the collection of the historical park dedicated to the War and donate a book from our Publishing House to the Museum and Exhibition Centre "Russia — My History".

Aleksandr Babich, Senior Vice-Rector for Youth Policy and Admissions

In the first stage, the participants of the Olympiad presented research works, in which they outlined their vision of historical events related to St. Petersburg. The creative works were defended in person in front of the jury consisted of historians from St Petersburg University and the Museum and Exhibition Centre.

Winners and prize-winners of the Olympiad received gifts from organisers and partners of the contest. After the awarding ceremony, participants of the Olympiad were given a sightseeing tour of the museum park "Russia — My History".

‘It is very important to know the history of such a great city as St. Petersburg not only in the context of the history of the country, but also in the world’s history context. The city, conceived as capital of the Russian Empire, keeps in every corner memories of the past of millions of people who in one way or another influenced the historical course of our country’ said Aleksandr Babich, Senior Vice-Rector for Youth Policy and Admissions.