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International cooperation of Southern Urals comprehensive schools and educational institutions of the “socialism showcase” - the German Democratic Republic - in the 1950-1970s

Liberal Arts in Russia. 2017. Vol. 6. No. 1. Pp. 95-104.
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Almaev R. Z.
M. Akmullah Bashkir State Pedagogical University
3a Oktyabrskoi Revolutsii Street, 450000 Ufa, Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia


In the article, international contacts of Soviet students and teachers of secondary schools at the regional level in the 1950-1970s are considered on the basis of the published literature and new archival sources. In the context of the formation of the socialist community, relations between the USSR and East Germany were regarded as exemplary. Their high importance was determined by the role of the German question in world politics. Socio-economic and cultural rapprochement between the USSR and the GDR over a large period of time formed international cooperation at the local level. Particular attention in the article is paid to advantageous practices of creating special schools, and international friendship clubs in the southern Urals. It is proved that the development of educational relations was conditioned by focusing extracurricular activities of the Soviet school on international education, the availability of highly qualified, enthusiastic organizers of higher education and creative teachers of the German language, with regional connections of the Russian-German friendship. The author noted that the close friendship linking the international students of the Southern Urals and the GDR was considered in the USSR as a part of traditional ideological and moral education. Foreign correspondence and practical cooperation, such as the organization of short-term assignments and trainings for teachers, guided tours for students, joint vacations in summer camps, spiritually enriched students and motivated them to improve their own language skills.


  • • school
  • • international relations
  • • foreign languages
  • • international education
  • • international friendship club
  • • the Southern Urals
  • • the GDR


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