This year’s first lecture within the joint project of the WAC and teacher Inna Dzhugelia was held at the Sukhum Art School.  

The team of the World Abaza Congress, together with the teacher of the Abkhaz language department of ASU Inna Dzhugelia, continues lectures within the framework of the “Ирӡтәым” project ("something that cannot be lost" in Russian).The project is aimed at introducing the younger generation to spiritual values ​​and national culture, nurturing the moral and ethical standards of Apsuara, love for their native language, traditions and customs. Historians, linguists, ethnographers and ethnologists are invited to conduct lectures.

The first meeting this year took place at the Sukhum Art School named after A.K. Chachba. It was conducted by the artist, teacher of the school Nodar Tsvizhba. The topic of the lecture was the role of the native language in art.
Students of the Philology department of ASU and Sukhum State College were invited to the meeting.

Within the the chosen topic, the artist told about the importance of mythology in Abkhazian art, shared interesting knowledge from the field of history, culture and ethnography, and gave instructive examples from his creative and life experience. The students, in turn, actively participated in the discussion, asked questions and listened with interest to the answers.

At the meeting, a lot was said about the need to preserve and develop the native language.

“Language is an instrument of cognition, with the help of which a person studies culture and art, it shapes a person, determines his behavior, lifestyle, worldview,” Tsvizhba emphasized.

The artist noted the importance of the “Ирӡтәым” project for the younger generation.

“The project, conducted exclusively in the Abkhaz language, is necessary not only in the school, but also in every school in Abkhazia. The topics of the conversations are completely different, but they are all in the Abkhaz language, that is, the participants always can take part in the discussion. This, in turn, has a positive effect on strengthening interest in Abkhazian culture, the desire to think and speak in their native language,” he said.

The author of the project, teacher Inna Dzhugelia, told about the modernization of the lecture format this year.

“The “Ирӡтәым” project was successfully launched in 2023. 10 educational lectures were held on culture, art, Abkhazian national traditions and customs. This year we will continue to visit rural schools and conduct conversations. We are planning more visiting lectures, both on the historical Lykhnashta glade and here at the school,” said Dzhugelia.

Esma Kvitsinia, specialist of the WAC department for work with youth and physical education, project coordinator, expressed hope for the successful continuation of the project in the new year.

“Our project meetings are aimed at an open dialogue between the speaker and the audience. After all, the most important result for us is the exchange of opinions and feedback. It is this format of communication that is remembered by the younger generation. We hope that participation in such projects will inspire our youth to a more in-depth study of the Abkhaz language, history and culture,” noted Kvitsinia.

The project coordinator noted that the next lecture is planned to be held soon.
“Ирӡтәым” is a joint project of the World Abaza Congress and teacher of the Abkhaz language department of ASU Inna Dzhugelia. The project is aimed at promoting the moral and ethical code of the Apsuara, reviving the traditions and customs of the Abaza people. This year, 10 lectures are planned as part of the project.