A creative evening dedicated to the Russian-German writer Katharine Martin-Virolainen was held at KSU Sh. Ualikhanov. For more than three hours, the guest spoke with students and teachers of the university, guests from public associations and other educational institutions.
It was accompanied by Bibigul Nugumanova, director of the Interkultureller Freundeskreis “Deutsch verbindet” public foundation, our compatriot and university graduate.
Such an interest in a guest from Germany is not accidental. N.A. Nazarbayev, in his Message to the People of Kazakhstan “New Opportunities for Development in the Conditions of the Fourth Industrial Revolution”, identified “Human capital as the basis for modernization” as one of the priority areas, where it notes that “The ideal of our society should be a Kazakhstani who knows his own history, language, culture, while modern, who speaks foreign languages, has advanced and global views”.
Since knowledge of a foreign language is the basis of intercultural communication. To popularize foreign languages, in particular, German language and motivation to learn it, develop a culture of literate writing in German, interest students to read books in German, get acquainted with modern writers in Germany, and the development of partnerships with German organizations in Germany, with the youth of Germany Public Foundation and Sh. Ualikhanov Kokshetau State University scheduled this wonderful meeting.
The work of the Russian - German writer Katharina Martin-Virolainen is interesting for young people. Her father is from Akmola region, her mother is a finka and for a long time the family lived in Karelia. Later the family went to Germany. The last time in Katharina wasin the Kamenka village of Kazakhstan in 1991. Therefore, many things struck her in the capital and saddened her native village.
In March 2019, the collection of stories “Im letzten Atemzug” was published. It includes not only autobiographical stories, but also the life stories of Germans from Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan, who were told to Katharine by her relatives and acquaintances. The book caused a resonance, its vitality, bitter and truthfulness. While it can be read in German, but the translation is expected. She is currently working on a novel.
In general, Katharine Martin-Virolainen lives in the town of Eppingen, the federal state of Baden-Württemberg. Katharina is an author, journalist and public figure. Since 2004 she has been engaged in dance, she has initiated many dance projects for children and young people. Since 2016, the dance project is called Culture Crossover. In addition, Katarina participates in projects of various organizations that are engaged in strengthening relations between different countries and cultures. Since 2015, he has been actively carrying out projects in the German villages of Russia. In her native city, Katharina runs the CUBIC House of Culture, Education, Integration, and Art, which she opened with her team in early 2019.
Since 2010, Katharina has published many stories, poems and essays in German and Russian-language newspapers and magazines. Since 2018, she is a member of the editorial board of the magazine “Volk auf dem Weg” of the Association of Germans from Russia. Since 2015, she has been a member of the German Literary Society from Russia.
This is just a little information about this interesting person who offers cooperation to the university in terms of language development, student activity. Students gain invaluable experience by participating in events of this kind. It was visible on the issues at the meeting, they were interested in everything, starting from the process of publishing books and internal state. Also on this day were the director of the public fund Bibigul Nugumanova. She learned German at this base, and achieved a lot thanks to her knowledge. Bibigul is currently working on various projects to promote the language in Kazakhstan.
Our teacher Tynyshtyk Akhmetova also said a wise word, urging students to learn languages that open the doors to the big world. Music was played in a party, gifts and awards were given.
About the guest said a lot and during a meeting with the rector Marat Syrlybayev. He noted the interest in the German language and that the university prepares professional teachers.