GRSP Scholar Uku Urb Connects Georgians with Estonia

Elma McCutchen, Rotary of Atlanta West End's liaison to the Georgia Rotary Student Program (GRSP), presented Mr. Uku Urb, our RY2020 GRSP student from Estonia. Uku is currently attending Clayton State University. Uku presented information on his nation, Estonia, information about his fine family, and lots about himself. Estonia, occupying some 17,462 square miles is about 1/4th the size of Georgia (US), and with 1.3M people, has about 12% of Georgia’s population. Uku comes from a strong family of seven – two parents and five children with Uku as the second oldest; his older sister is 25, two brothers, 15 and 12, and a little sister age 6. His family is devoted to learning and formal education. He explained that his father took him to school at 5AM each morning. Uku speaks his native Estonian language, as well as English and Russian, learning the latter throughout K-12. He mentioned that there is no other language comparable to Estonian spoken anywhere else in the world. His favorite area of study is history and he’s won an Olympiad Competition for his mastery, which awarded him full scholarships to college. Estonia's capitol is the city of Tallinn. It lies on the approximate same latitude as Stockholm, Sweden and St. Petersburg, Russia, on the shore of the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Finland. Tallin holds more than 1/3 of the nation’s population. The Republic of Estonia follows a parliamentarian form of government with a strong prime minister and less powerful president. Uku said the Stenbock House, built in 1778, seats government activities. Uku presented a photograph saying that Stenbock House is considered to be one of the most remarkable government buildings in all of Europe owing to its outstanding architecture. Both US presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama visited Estonia, the latter on two occasions, testifying to the strong relationship with the US. The relationship with Russia is improving somewhat, but many still harbor animosity because during WWI Russia deported huge numbers of Estonian citizens to Siberia.

Posted by Neil Shorthouse
September 20, 2019 2:00pm