Child care official from Ulyanovsk visits Macon, Georgia
Mrs. Zoya Petrova, a chief officer from Ulyanovsk Department of Education, visited Macon, Georgia, September 24 – October 7 at the invitation of Georgia Industrial Children’s Home (GICH) www.gich.org, a USU partner institution since 2005, with the purpose of studying the American child care system.
This visit became part of the agreement to help orphaned children in the USA and Russia implemented jointly by USU, Ulyanovsk Department of Education, GICH and Wesleyan College www.wesleyancollege.edu, also located in Macon.
While in Georgia, Zoya Petrova met educational officials working with children in need of care and toured several children’s homes. She brought teaching materials for the Russian Culture and Language classes, which are currently being developed by GICH and will be open to Central Georgia families with children adopted from Russia.
In addition, Zoya Petrova visited Wesleyan College and the headquarters of the International Cherry Blossom Festival, which in 2005 hosted a group of USU performers and administrators. She also met Jack Ellis, the Mayor of Macon, and extended an official invitation to visit Ulyanovsk, Macon’s sister city since 2005.