Chechen Ethics

Chechen ethics has three levels:
1) Adamalla (humanity) – the system of universal human norms;
2) Nokhchalla (this word literally means “Chechen-ness”) – the system of particular Chechen norms;
3) Konakhalla (“konakh” means “noble man”, “konakhalla” is what makes him such) – the system of the highest ethical norms.
“Konakhalla” can be compared to Bushido and Confucius’s teachings. Like Bushido, it was originally warrior’s code of ethics. Although there are many similar traits between them, there is also a difference. Unlike feudal Japan, Chechnya was a democratic country. Chechen konakhs served their nation and Motherland. They highly valued their personal freedom and dignity….

Although they were respectful to others, they considered other people equal to themselves. They did not commit ritual suicide because any suicide was against “Konakhalla”.

Who is a konakh?

1. For konakh, the main goal and meaning of life is service to his nation and his Motherland. For him, interests of the nation and Motherland are above his personal interests.
2. Konakh gives an oath to serve and serves only to Motherland. He is ready to sacrifice his life for Motherland, but never, in no circumstances, konakh gives up his personal dignity and honor.
3. The highest expression of konakh’s service is the defense of Motherland from enemy’s attacks. For konakh, death in the just war or at the defense of his honor and dignity is more preferable than life in dishonor and shame.
4. Creative labor for the benefit of Motherland in peaceful time is konakh’s duty in the same way as defense of his country during the war. Labor does not humiliate, but raises konakh’s dignity.
5. In any circumstances, konakh should respect his Motherland and his nation’s choice. He should be able to submit his personal desires and preferences to this choice, even if he has to go against his beliefs.
6. Konakh should remember that for him Motherland, personal dignity and honor are higher than life. However, when he has to choose between Motherland’s interests and his honor, konakh leaves Motherland.
7. Serving to Motherland, konakh does not expect thankfulness for his actions. For konakh, there is no higher reward than people’s thankful memory.
8. Konakh’s actions and emotions are controlled by his mind, and his heart helps him to avoid extremes. However, the basis of konakh’s attitude to the world is humanity. Everything beyond is not worthy for konakh.
9. The essence of humanity is wisdom, humanist attitude to the world and people, mercy, and compassion. Konakh’s humanity and mercy are expressed not only in compassion to people, but also in defending and helping them. First of all, konakh has to be merciful to week and powerless people.
10. Justice is the real measure of konakh’s relationships with people. He has to be fair to people in the same way as to himself. In his actions, konakh follows the principle of mutuality: “Do not do to others what may be unpleasant to you.”
11. Konakh’s nobility is expressed not only in justice, but also in respect toward people regardless of their age and social status. In communication with people, he should be very polite, restrained, and humble.
12. Konakh’s main riches are his honor and personal dignity. All the other benefits of this world may be regained after lost, but the lost honor may be regained only through the honorable death.
13. Spiritual purity is a mirror which reflects konakh’s inner essence and his actions. Without spiritual purity, there cannot be genuine humanity and compassion.
14. Genuine courage is expressed in patience and ability to control oneself and the situation. Unreasonable bravery is courage with closed eyes. It is forgivable for a young man who does not know the price of his nor other’s life. Konakh’s self-control is courage of the knowledgeable person, it is an acknowledged step toward death.
15. Genuine faith and justice are konakh’s highest spiritual goal. Konakh learns the essence of the world by his mind and heart. He learns the essence of faith by his heart and soul. In religious matters, konakh follows the Prophet’s words: “There is no compulsion in the religion”.
16. Konakh should always train his mind, comprehend wisdom and experience of others, learn sciences that give a key to understanding of the world because it is only through the knowledge that is possible to come to the genuine faith and comprehension of justice.
17. Konakh should be modest in religious rituals. He never emphasizes his religiousness and does not substitute the genuine faith with the form. For konakh, the inner essence of faith is always more important than its outward expression because the first is pleasant to God while the second is pleasant to people.
18. Konakh is ready to meet any tests that his destiny sends him. However, he always remembers that God always gives him a choice between good and evil and he is ready to be responsible for his choice before God and people.
19. Konakh never gives up trust in God. It helps him in unequal battle and in any hard circumstances. It is his source of his inner power and patience.
20. Konakh is tolerant to people of other religions. He does not force them to follow his views or living. Compulsion causes hypocrisy, and hypocrisy is incompatible with the genuine faith.
21. Konakh should not infringe on personal dignity and honor of other people. He should be lenient toward their weaknesses and errors.
22. Konakh should be able not only to defend his opinion, but also to listen to others’ opinion and agree with it if it is correct. To admit that somebody else is right, to give up in an argument or quarrel to a weaker opponent is not a weakness, but expression of nobility.
23. When somebody makes good to konakh, he repays many times more because thankfulness is an attribute of a noble person. However, he does not expect thankfulness when he makes good.
24. Konakh should behave himself with dignity both in joy and in sorrow. Shadow of sadness on one’s face and gloomy silence are inappropriate in a feast in the same way as laugh and talkativeness in a funeral. In any situation, he has to express self-control and calmness.
25. Konakh should respect and honor his parents, take care for them, and give them provision when they are old. He has to share with them not only lodging and bread, but also joy and sorrow.
26. In his family, konakh should be as just as in society. In both punishment and reward, he has to be stable and self-controlled. He should not offend or use physical punishment toward his family members.
27. Konakh should be modest in life, everyday living, and social matters. Konakh’s intelligence, courage, and actions first of all should be evaluated by others. However, even subjectivity of this evaluation does not give him right to praise himself.
28. Honor and dignity of a woman are inviolable for konakh. Konakh will never allow anyone to offend a woman in his presence.
29. A woman’s life is double inviolable for konakh. Under no circumstances, konakh will use an armor against her or will threaten to use it.
30. Konakh will never cause a child pain or suffering. There is no goal which would cause konakh to sacrifice life or health of children.
31. For konakh, guest’s life and freedom is more precious than his own life. However, he is not responsible for the guest who committed a crime.
32. In a foreign country, konakh should not only keep its laws, but also to respect its customs and traditions and follow them if it does not contradict his national dignity. In this way, he expresses his thankfulness of this country’s air and bread.
33. Konakh’s nobility is expressed in the ethics of his behavior. No circumstances are able to make konakh violate the etiquette.
34. For konakh, friendship is sacred. Konakh is ready to sacrifice everything for the sake of friendship. He loves genuine friend like a brother, respects like a father and honors like a dear guest.
35. In friendship, konakh should be faithful and devoted. Defending his friend, konakh does not spare his life. He is equally known by friendship and enmity.
36. Generosity is the measure of konakh’s attitude to his enemy.
37. At the war, konakh should not go beyond what is permissible toward an enemy. He should not give a freedom to his feeling of anger and malice.
38. Konakh expresses nobility and mercy toward a defeated enemy. He prefers a noble enemy to an unfaithful friend.
39. Konakh should not use an armor against an unarmed enemy. He is obligated to render help to a seriously wounded enemy in the same way as he would do it to any other person.
40. Konakh should do his best to avoid battle against a weaker enemy because any result of such a battle will not give him glory, but may disgrace his name. If he is unable to avoid it, he should give the enemy an opportunity to choose an armor and to be lenient to him.
41. Konakh should not avoid battle against a stronger enemy. However, he always prefers peace if it is possible without a damage to the nation’s interests, his honor and personal dignity.
42. Konakh should keep best traditions of his family, remember his ancestors, respect his background and his nation’s history.
43. Konakh should perfect his spirit and body his whole life in order to serve his nation with the highest benefit.
44. Konakh is responsible for his words and actions. He always fulfills his promises given to other people and never violates his promises, even at the cost of his life.
45. Konakh may have healthy ambition, but jealousy to other’s glory or riches is unworthy of him. It makes mind not clear and fills heart with poison. Where there is jealousy, there is no humanity and no mercy.
46. Feeling of competition may help konakh to reach goal more quickly, but it is inappropriate toward a friend or a brother. Competition for Motherland is noble, but competition for personal glory is unworthy.
47. Konakh should avoid lie and slander as well as people who spread them. He never says about people what he would not say in their presence. About dead people or people in trouble, konakh says good or nothing.
48. Konakh’s truthfulness and sincerity come from courage. However, there is nothing more unworthy for him than hypocrisy. It comes from baseness and cowardice and almost always cause treachery.
49. Politeness and respect should not become ingratiation and sycophancy toward rich and mighty people. Konakh should express a special respect only to women and elderly people. Respectful attitude toward older people is an expression of good manners, respectful attitude toward women is an expression of manliness, and respectful attitude toward younger people is an expression of nobility.
50. Under no circumstances, konakh should infringe other’s property.
51. Konakh is permitted to accumulate riches. Accumulated through the righteous way, riches of genuine konakh can serve not only his interests, but also interests of his nation and Motherland. Greediness and meanness are able to make useless the best attributes of any person in the same way as the excessive extravagance is able to impoverish the most rich person. Generosity increases both konakh’s glory and his wellbeing.
52. Konakh should courageously bear all the hardships of life that he has, including physical sufferings.
53. Konakh has a respectful attitude to his armor, he respects it, do not use it without a need, never uses it for gain or unrighteous deed.
54. Konakh should be ready to die at any moment because there is nothing eternal in this world. However, konakh should not pursue death and risk his life without necessity because life is the highest God’s highest gift to a human being.
55. Konakh’s death should be as dignified as his life.

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“You Want to End Conflict, Ignorance, and Poverty? Start a Children’s Online Newspaper”

http://www.education.uci.edu/news/2013/pankisi.php

See what the University of Irvine California wrote about the Roddy Scott Foundations project to bring Journalistic skills to the children of Pankisi and start the process of literate self advocacy.

In the Pankisi Valley of Georgia, students in a foundation-sponsored English Language program are enriching their language study by generating an online English language newspaper – Pankisi Times. Since the paper’s inception, student engagement in producing the Times has served as an example of the type of “self-generated learning” associated with Sugata Metra and his “Hole in the Wall” experiments in India. By researching and writing articles for the newspaper, Pankisi youth are not only improving their language acquisition and gaining computer skills but also distancing themselves from the effects of recent conflict while countering their geographic isolation.

The Valley
Pankisi Valley from Roddy Scott Education Center

The Pankisi Valley, situated in North Georgia, bordering Chechnya, is inhabited primarily by ethnic Chechens – called Kists – who came to the valley in the 19th century, and by recent refugees from the wars in Chechnya. The Russian-Chechen Wars (1994-1996 and 1999-2009) encouraged not only an influx of refugees from the intense fighting that spread throughout Chechnya but also the intrusion of Chechen fighters and foreign militants looking for a place to train and regroup. Refugees and militants both brought their fundamentalist Islamic beliefs, with Wahhabism from Saudi Arabia introduced into the historically Sunni Muslim community previously identified with the Sufist branch linked to Central Asia.
By 2002 the Valley had gained an international reputation for kidnapping, drug-dealing, and arms-trading, with governments, including Georgia, banning travel to the region. This also was the year when freelance British war journalist Roddy Scott, in the company of Chechens, was killed by Russian troops.

Introducing an English Language Program: A Memorium and a Counterbalance
Roddy Scott Foundation

Five years after Roddy Scott was killed, his parents and friends chose to honor his memory by establishing the Roddy Scott Foundation to provide English language instruction for children in the Pankisi Valley. It was the intention of Mr. Scott’s parents, Robin and Stina, and Vlad Lozinski, former international news journalist, that participation in the foundation’s language program would stimulate children’s interest in the outside world and thus counter conflict and ignorance. Local teachers, who were provided summer training at the American Academy of Tbilisi, were solicited to teach an initial class of 45 students.
As the program progressed, it gained support from private individuals and organizations, with the embassies of The Netherlands and Estonia, among others, donating computers and helping with building restoration.

Emergence of Pankisi Times
As students became more familiar with using computers, they expressed a desire to “do something” with their developing language skills. At the same time, Mr. Lozinski was observing that enthusiasm among the English language teachers seemed to have plateaued. With encouragement from Mr. Lozinski, students decided to create an online newspaper, in English, and thus Pankisi Times was added to their language study activities. The students selected their own topics, conducted their own research, and composed their own articles in the English language class. Mr. Lozinski agreed to serve as grammar and spelling editor; but, as he explained during his 2013 TEDx presentation in Tbilisi, he provides minimum correction in order to maintain the “student voice.”

Presenting at TEDx Tbilisi

Observing a Sunday Session


Currently, the Roddy Scott Foundation is providing English language instruction to about 200 young people – elementary through high school – from 12:30 to 2:30 or 2:30 to 4:30 on Saturdays and Sundays.

Fourteen of the more advanced students (generally 11 to 14 years old) contribute to Pankisi Times. During their afternoon sessions, they alternate language instruction, where they write news articles by hand, and time on the computers, where they type in their stories.
Once the articles are written, the students send the articles to Mr. Lozinski (who may be in London, Sydney, Warsaw, or Paris) via a radio link (dongle) since the Valley is not yet wired. He reviews the articles and establishes a time to Skype with the students while they are in the Saturday or Sunday classes. During the Skype session that I observed, Mr. Lozinski suggested grammar corrections and then challenged the student to think about how they might have been changed by producing an online newspaper. Recently, I noticed that one of the articles in the latest edition of Pankisi Times is titled “The Result of my Learning.”

Since the first edition of Pankisi Times, students have continued to select their own topics for the newspaper articles, which, on the day of my visit, included Forests in our Valley, the Star Spangled Banner, Environmental Pollution, Sights in my Village, the Importance of Friends, and the Power of Ads. Mr. Lozinski commented that he has observed an evolution in content since the first edition, from initial articles that reflected adult-influenced themes, to articles about what the students and their friends were thinking, to more recent analyses of global issues – e.g., climate change.
The Roddy Scott Foundation English Language Program and Pankisi Times rely upon donations from private individuals and from foundations and embassies to maintain the program. Aside from expenses associated with servicing donated computers, paying English instructors, and maintaining the facility, the cost of producing an online newspaper is minimal, particularly when considering the benefits. As demonstrated in the Pankisi Valley, an online student newspaper can be an effective means of deepening student engagement in their language learning while incorporating computer skills, stimulating interest in issues beyond the immediate environment, and connecting communities with people and places in the world beyond.

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About Pankisi

Welcome to the home of the Roddy Scott Foundation- the Pankisi Valley. The Pankisi is arguably one of the most beautiful places in Georgia, with the Alazani river bed being framed by the sharp incline of the North Caucasus mountains, the top of the valley leading through the mountains to, eventually, Russia. T
The Pankisi is located in North East Georgia, in the Kakheti region of Georgia, known for its fine food and green landscapes. 40 minutes away from Telavi, a key wine growing region of Georgia and the capital of Kakheti, Pankisi occupies the end of the road into the mountains from Akmeta town. The Pankisi is made up of a variety of small villages, running roughly in a ribbon on two sides of the Alazani river. The largest of these are Duisi, Jokolo, Birkiani, Tsinubani and Omalo. The main administration buildings of the region are located in Duisi.
Employment opportunities in the remote valley are scarce, and subsistence farming plays a key part in the survival of the population. At the top end of the valley is a small honey farm, an adventure park and a Chinese Funded electro power station (manned internally), that makes the most of the waterfalls in the region. However, the Pankisi does have a vibrant internal arts and music scene, with the Kist people paying special attention to keeping their traditions alive despite their separation from Chechnya.
Kists
The Pankisi Gorge is home to approximately 13,000 people, the majority of whom are Kists. Often confused with the Chechens, the Kists are one of three ethnicities within the Vaynakh ethnicity, (Kists, Chechens and Ingush). Originally both Christian and Muslim, the Kists several hundred years ago took up this land in Georgia. They migrated from Chechnya, over the steep North Caucasus, to escape blood feuds, and to find more fertile land on other side of the mountains. Over the years, others have joined the community in the Pankisi for similar reasons, and the slight difference in the evolved Chechen language and traditions (that have arguably been kept more strictly in the Pankisi) has led to their distinction from the Chechens.
Kists have often played large parts in Georgian society, and the majority of the Pankisi Valley speak Kist (Chechen), Georgian and Russian with equal fluency. Although there have been moments of conflict between the Kists and the Georgians, history has more examples of the two ethnicities peacefully coexisting, and modern Kists can be found within the government of Georgia, the civil service and within the Georgian education system. However, most Kists still have very strong links to their homeland, Chechnya. The majority of Kists have connections and/or family there, so many Kists spend significant amounts of time in and out of both Grozny and Moscow in their lives, and are in constant contact with their Chechen cousins. You will not spend long in the Pankisi to see a child with ЧЕЧНЯ (Chechnya) written on the back of a fake Adidas tracksuit!
There remains a strong family and clan-based culture both in the Pankisi and in Chechnya, that brings with it a strong code of conduct and honour. These codes are adhered to broadly throughout the valley and not only address matters of crime and how to deal with it, but to hospitality and marriage rituals. There exists a council of Elders that oversees the valley’s clan based conduct, and often these laws have to be negotiated both with state and newer and stronger religious laws and demands.
Kists are Islamic, and traditionally are Sufis, a mystical form of Islam often assimilating tribal and cultural traditions. Over previous years in the Pankisi, more radical and strong strains of Islam have started to take the place Sufi Islam, with new Mosques opening and Arabic being taught widely throughout the valley. However, regardless of the strain of Islam, the majority of Kists still adhere strongly to the rules of their religion; Ramadan is widely followed, Eid is well celebrated and the mosques are well attended.
Many Kists, though the generous refugee status provided by some European countries, have had the opportunity to spend time abroad, and a lot of the local wealth is based on remittances, from Austria, Denmark or Germany particularly. However, due to the homing instinct of the Pankisi population, many go for a short while and then return to their family and friends in the valley.

Pankisi Traditions
The Pankisi Gorge has a variety of different traditions and celebrations every year.
While the majority of the residents adhere to Ramadan and thus celebrate Eid with great enjoyment, the summer also brings with it a horserace known as the ‘Duisi Derby’. It has been known that the winning riders and horses of the Duisi Derby have been taken on by scouts who attend the event, both in Chechnya, elsewhere in Georgia and abroad.

Watch this Video to see the Horserace in Action

https://vimeo.com/16828449

Other events include Pankisi day, where the community, funded by the Chechen refugee Council, showcase their achievements and culture, through dancing and wresting competitions.

There is also a small but active music and arts scene in the valley. Chechen dance classes are available and music groups from Pankisi have been emotionally welcomed onto the stage at some of Georgia’s largest events, including a very teary reception on ‘Georgia’s Got Talent’.

Pankisi Recent History
The last 15 years have thrown the Pankisi Gorge into the spotlight for not overwhelmingly positive reasons. Throughout the two Chechen wars, 1994-1996 and 1999-2000 respectively, and the turbulent times after, many Chechens fleeing the often indiscriminate violence made their way, often on foot, over the mountains to the Pankisi Gorge, seeking refuge from relatives and friends in Georgia. In 2000 it was thought that the population of the Pankisi Gorge had doubled due to the refugee influx.
However, with the refugees came a stronger link to the war effort, I which the Pankisi Gorge was already a part. Guerrilla battalions of Kist and Chechen fighters were using the relative safety of the Gorge to recover, train and prepare for their future battles. Among them, covering the Chechen struggle from the Pankisi Gorge, was the late Roddy Scott (see about Roddy). With the Georgian government unable or unwilling to do anything about the Pankisi’s involvement in the valley, the situation their rapidly deteriorated, becoming a haven for arms and human trafficking and kidnapping. It took the world’s attention in 2002, and the involvement of Russian pressure and American training, to pacify the extreme situation, in which the residents were scared to go to their own doorways. Many of the Chechen fighters and refugees still remain in the valley, although many are also gaining refugee status in Finland or Austria.
However, the Pankisi is still treated with distrust in Georgia and the residents sometimes find themselves the subject of discrimination throughout the country. Recently the Pankisi has found itself in the headlines again, due to the notable number of young men who have joined radical movements on the Syrian battlefields, often in very high and profitable positions. Although traditionally Islamic, in some parts of the Pankisi Gorge the newer, more radical, Salafist form of Islam has started to become popular, and children are now learning Arabic alongside their English, Russian, Georgian and Kist.
Despite this, Kists from the Pankisi, with their English in hand, are entering the best national universities, studying a variety of subjects, from languages to international relations, to becoming airline pilots. Kists still play a large, positive, role in Georgian civic society and will continue to do so in the future

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Hampsthwaite book fayre CANCELLED

The Roddy Scott Foundation will be having a book sale at Hampsthwaite Village Hall,
CANCELLED DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES
PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT WILL BE ROLLED OVER TO THE NOVEMBER EVENT AT STAINLEY HALL – CHECK OLD AND NEW WEBSITE FOR UPDATES! THANKYOU

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Fund Raising Events!

Lunch Time Event 12.30 Sunday November 15th 2015
North Stainley Village Hall

The Roddy Scott Foundation
will hold an Antiques Road Show type Event
to be conducted by

David Elstob of Thomas Watson Auctioneers, Darlington
RSF lunchtime event

Tickets £20 will include Lunch and one item for Valuation by David Elstob.

Tickets available from Stina Scott, Throstle Nest Farm, Summerbridge, HG3 4JS
Tel 01423-780449 email info@roddyscott.co.uk
Reg Charity No.1123327

Ticket application

I should like to order ……….tickets for this Event on Sunday Nov 15th at £20 each

Please send cheques payable to The Roddy Scott Foundation together with SAE to

Stina Scott, Throstle Nest Farm, Summerbridge, HG3 4JS
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Letter from a former pupil. Beka Umarashvili

To Roddy Scott foundation

I am happy with the fact that Roddy Scott Foundation still operates and actively encourages our talented generation in Pankisi. If by chance I happen to hear or see news of this Foundation I still feel a sense of pride and I think of all the happy days that I spent here. I can cry tears of joy over my happy life that was built on the foundation. It is impossible not to use those things that you received and learned from the Foundation. It is knowledge that represents your power, and I was gifted by this power of education to go forward in life . For some reason we were chosen by American Academies, where we were able to keep up our English, and get sociable in the English language medium . We had an unforgettable time in the summer school where we learned English with Georgians by the initiative of the Roddy Scott Foundation. This year we had national exams in different subjects and one of them was foreign language, so the English courses that I had in the foundation really helped me to do the best and get more points than ever! And what’s more during the time of learning we were able to get more friends, get closer with them; also I met foreigners, who helped me to find my way in a career in the future. The foundation is really helpful for all of the students, to get a higher education in English, also to become more sociable in the sense of engaging in the wider world and more talented! Lots of students who thought that they couldn’t do anything at all, well you know – the foundation helped them to find themselves in this society and make life better than they could imagine ever. Thanks Roddy Scott foundation for giving the best teachers, students, and for the best director and for the best chances we ever had to go into life confident of our future lives. Marsho!

Beka Umarashvili

Student of Robakidze state University (Tourism administration)

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With thanks to the McLain association for children

We have to give a huge thanks for the enormously generous grant of $25000 from the McLain Association for Children, which has provided financial stability over the last year for the continuation of the Foundation over the last year. They have made the schools running viable and we hope the results are proof of the worthiness of this cause that education and education and education ( to paraphrase a certain famous leader) is the only route out of poverty to a brighter future. With many thanks again for your enormous generosity and foresight.

RSF trustees

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Recent successes in national exams

These are the impressive results of the Foundations first batch of school students who have performed so well in their national exams in written and spoken English.
the results speak for themselves and for the hard work and effort of the pupils and the many generous individuals and donors who mae this venture possible. They lead the way we hope for future generations to be inspired to better themselves through the old fashioned values of hard work and pride in educational achievement. The early signs are promising and a great foundation for the future.

Sometimes for the media and the outside world Pankisi turns into the place from where only bad things can you expect, but my generation will be able to change your opinion about this very tiny place, RSF student are the first who who will manage it through the education and hardworking. They have a very big success in United National Exams. Especially in English.

The first RSF course graduates participated in the exams. So our students results are:

1. Umarashvili Beka 96
2. Kushanashvili Albina 91
3. Duishvili Zahra 89
4. Pareulidze Linda 86
5. Khangoshvili Rumisa 84
6. Kavtarashvili Mariana 82
7. Baghakashvili Fatima 81
8. Kavtarashvili Arbi 76
9. Khangoshvili Omar 74
10. Mutoshvili Beslan 72
11. Gaurgashvili Zalina 71
12 Kavtarashvili Malika 70

‘We were looking forward to hearing the response to our results, and we are so very proud of our friends, and think that for all of Pankisi students its a perfect example for future students to follow our way. One may say we could have achieved higher grades but for us children communicating in Chechen learning Georgian at school and learning English as third or fourth language, I think its great success.’

P.S. Congratulation all of RSF first graduates became students. Love you all.

By: Maia Bagakashvili, Feride Kavtarashvili, Malika Margoshvili

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UPDATING THE WEBSITE

Updating this website to bring friends and supporters upto date with the plans and goings on of the Roddy Scott Foundation should start in earnest this autumn. We will be show casing the achievements of the Foundations pupils who have performed outstandingly well in National exams in Georgia in written and spoken English.
We shall be looking at new ideas for projects and of course seeking funding and partners to make those aims a reality.
Sadly we have lost a trustee due to personal demands of work but hope that her departure will not be a permanent one, and will act as a spur to action!
Thank you Helen!

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Sale of BRAND NEW books! ‘Orwell Prize’ entries

October 18th at North Stainley Village Hall, HG4 3JT;  approx 400 books to select from; great opportunity to buy lots of Christmas presents at bargain prices from only £1! Time 11am to 4pm

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