Young people at Artek met with Russian Ambassador Mikhail Troyansky as part of the Children – Peace Ambassadors international educational program. The young diplomats learned about the specifics of a diplomat’s work, as well as current international issues. Mikhail Troyansky shared his experience with Artek students and also gave the young people a few practical words of advice.
Pro-rector for advanced training and professional development at the Foreign Ministry’s Diplomatic Academy Mikhail Troyansky started out as an interpreter during an international session at Artek’s Camp Kiparisny (Cypress) in 1969. “I’m so happy and delighted to be back at Artek after almost 50 years,” Troyansky said. “I can see so much progress that has taken place here, as well as changes we couldn’t even have dreamed of in our time.”
Whereas the younger children were more interested hearing the guest’s stories about other countries, the older students asked more practical questions. Of course, most of all, they wanted to know how to become a diplomat.
Troyansky said the most important thing was to be a good student, work and love your Motherland. “Diplomacy is a specific activity that requires a lot of knowledge,” he said. “However, you should remember that a true diplomat needs, first of all, to be a patriot, a person who uses his or her intellect and knowledge to defend the national interests of his or her country. Please understand that being a diplomat is not just to stand in a smart suite with a glass [of wine] at a reception, as you may be thinking. It’s a complicated but very interesting and important job. I hope you will think about becoming diplomats.”
Yelena Filippova from the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Area asked Troyansky how he had managed to master three foreign languages – she herself is simultaneously studying English, French and Chinese. “The diplomat gave me a good piece of advice: he said that the main thing was communication with native speakers,” the girl said. “People like our guest are important to our country. I also want to be a diplomat to serve my country and society.”
Mikhail Troyansky said that the students had surpassed his expectations. “Their questions are task-oriented, smart and interesting,” he said. “This testifies to a high level of training.”
During this session, the young Artek diplomats will take part in the Summit of Young Peace Ambassadors where they will present their socially important educational projects. Most importantly, they will continue to carry out their diplomatic mission, which is holding diplomacy lessons for their peers at Artek camps as part of the On an Equal Footing project.
The Children – Peace Ambassadors program is being held by the Artek International Children’s Center jointly with the Diplomatic Academy at the Foreign Ministry, the Diplomats’ Club, the secondary boarding school at the Foreign Ministry and the Artek Support Foundation. Over 300 young people from 13 countries between the ages of 11 and 17 took part in the program.