The Pankisi Gorge of Georgia. Photo by user Valeri Elashvili/Flickr

25 September 2016, 15:16

In Pankisi Gorge, schools to teach Chechen language

In Georgia, schools located in the Pankisi Gorge provide pupils of the fifth and sixth forms with the opportunity to study the Chechen language. The classes of the Chechen language have been introduced in the schools at the request of Chechen Kistinians.

Chechen Kistinians moved to the Pankisi Gorge in the 1830s and 1870s. Apart from Kistinians, the Pankisi Gorge accommodates a large group of Chechens who fled Chechnya after the second military campaign. The Chechen language is a native language for Kistinians.

According to Lily Sviauri, the principal of the school located in Duisi, the largest villages of the Pankisi Gorge, pupils of the fifth and sixth forms may choose to study the Chechen language. "This is not a compulsory class. We have introduced it only for the fifth and sixth forms, since we face a problem with textbooks. In the future, if we get books, we'll introduce the class also for senior forms," emphasizes Lily Sviauri as quoted by the edition "Georgia-Online".

According to the edition, "since the past year, residents of the Pankisi Gorge began to actively demand" classes of the Chechen language.

Full text of the article is available on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’.

All news

January 20, 2018 22:08

  • One of Volgograd shooters arrested

    The court has arrested a suspect in the case of a shootout in Volgograd, who is now at hospital. According to investigators, he was the conflict instigator.

January 20, 2018 18:50

  • Defence criticizes compensation amount for violating Azerbaijani journalist's rights

    On January 18, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) found rights violation of Mushvig Guseinov, a correspondent of the "Bizim Yol" newspaper under Articles 5.3 (right to liberty and personal security) and 6.2 (right to fair trial) of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and obliged the Azeri authorities to pay him 4000 euros of compensation.

January 20, 2018 18:18

January 20, 2018 17:26

January 20, 2018 15:20

News archive