First Social and Cultural Adaptation Centre opened its doors to migrant children in Sakhalin

The first social and cultural adaptation centre for migrant children has opened in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. The project ‘We are growing up in Russia’ is being carried out by the Sakhalin Regional Children`s Library with Sakhalin Energy's financial support, rendered from the Energy Social Initiatives Fund.

“Almost all migrant children are facing problems in their effort to become part of another culture and when learning the Russian language, so meeting them halfway is very important. ‘We are Growing up in Russia’ is not the first project carried out by the Sakhalin Regional Library with Sakhalin Energy's support. We hope that the delivery of this project will become one of the best practices in Russia’, commented Anna Lygina, Senior Specialist for Social Performance in Sakhalin Energy.  

It is essential that the children from migrant families should not only be made to feel comfortable, but also they should respect the laws and the customs of the host region. The centre is designed to provide training to more than 100 children aged from nine to twelve. The children will learn about Russia's cultural values, make a journey into the history of our country and Sakhalin, become familiar with the Russian literature and arts, explore our traditions and way of life, and improve their spoken Russian.  

The children will come to attend master classes and play games two times a week in the regional children's library, a treasure trove of books and the best place for them to absorb the Russian culture. On the day of the centre opening, the young guests did jigsaw puzzles with matryoshka images, looked for Moscow on the map, competed in the knowledge of Russian proverbs and saying tongue twisters.  

The innovative ‘Teach Touch‘ interactive education complex purchased for the project is very helpful: the children will be able to get an idea about Russia 's museums, make virtual tours of the Hermitage, Tretyakov Gallery, the Russian Museum, etc. 

Some of the sessions will be held outside the centre: there will be visits to the historical park ‘Russia: My History’, the Regional Museum of Local Lore and the Museum of Fine Arts, the ‘Victory’ Museum and Memorial, the Sakhalin Regional Puppet Theatre, etc. This comprehensive approach will help the process of the children’s socialisation. They will be able to use the acquired skills and knowledge in their everyday life: when attending school, interest groups or clubs, and when socialising with their age-mates. All classes for children will be free of charge.  

Following the project delivery, a brochure titled ‘We are Growing up in Russia’ will be published, a round-table discussion will be held for parents, teachers, tutors, librarians on the topic ‘The social and cultural adaptation facilitation programme for migrant children in the context of a multicultural society’.   


4 March 2019