MARINA RAKOVA ON KVANTORIUM MENTORS
The First all-Russia Mentor Forum held in Moscow gathered practicing mentors from all over Russia. They shared their best practices and professional experience alongside with discussing relevant issues. Marina Rakova, the head of the Fund of Developing New Modes of Education, CEO of the federal chain of child technoparks Kvantorium gave a speech throughout of one of the Forum’s discussion platforms.
Kvantorium is a large well-structured area comprising one-of-a-kind technical equipment. Schoolchildren get multifaceted education there, while cooperating with scientists, businesspersons, and various experts. Children perform real production tasks, study modern technologies, and get professional experience in such early age.
Marina Rakova highlighted that Kvantorium is a mentorship-oriented project. Alongside with that, those who want to share their experience with children have to meet certain conditions. Thus, only 1200 mentors out of 15000 candidates work in Kvantorium. The main inconsistency here is that mentors are people who are capable and talented leaders; however, most of them are not team players. Nevertheless, efficient communication among Kvantorium members is crucial for project’s actualisation. Moreover, children often adopt their teachers’ behaviour patterns. One of the project’s main tasks is teaching schoolchildren to work both individually and as a team. That is essential, as those talented schoolchildren are mentors-to-be themselves.
Throughout the life of Kvantorium project, over 60000 children became its participants. Now technopark chain is rapidly developing. Such parks appear in different regions of Russia. This being said, mentors and schoolchildren become a team to support each other.
Viktoria Yezhova, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community
Translated by Nikolay Boykov