On January 19, the Federation Council hosted the awards ceremony for Future-Oriented Russia presidential contest winners. This contest had taken place on the Global Talents web-portal. Lilia Gumerova, first deputy chairperson of the Federation Council Committee on Science, Education and Culture, and Marina Volynkina, Head of Global Talents, held the ceremony and awarded the winners with diplomas. 

The contest’s topic was formulated to support President Vladimir Putin’s idea to offer all Russian schoolchildren to write an essay on how they imagine their country in 2040-2050. The contestants sent 2500 essays in which they depicted schools and people in future, professions that would be in demand, etc. 115 schoolchildren from all regions of Russia won prize-places. Their works were included into a special collection book. 


Lilia Gumerova called this collection a book of kindness and dream. It combined unique ideas of the schoolchildren, which, according to the senator, must certainly be put into practice. The book starts with welcoming address by Valentina Matvienko, Chairperson of the Federation Council. She not only expressed her gratitude to the contest’s participants, but also recommended leaders of authorities to read essays from this book in order to understand the concept of future expressed by Russia’s young citizens. 


Lilia Gumerova was impressed by the essays. She appreciated very much that children paid special attention to mental development. In their opinion, not only people should develop in this way, but robots as well. 

“The essays are filled with the best thoughts about Russia’s future, the most courageous ideas of how to make the country’s life better, how to preserve peace and just how to love our homeland”, said the senator. According to her, scientists and engineers can today use some of the ideas expressed in the essays by the schoolchildren. 


Marina Volynkina, Head of Global Talents, stressed that every participant had given his or her heart and soul to writing those essays. The participants worked hard to think how to make Russia they love very much even better than it was. For example, the schoolchildren described the so-called friendly cities, places where one would live with representatives of different nationalities in atmosphere of friendship and mutual understanding. In their essays, they also wrote about happy schools attended by children with interest and pleasure. 


The school students told more about some of their ideas during the meeting. Yaroslava Belyankina, who is 8 years old, suggested that the future schoolchildren would have such school subjects, as profession studies, talent studies, invention studies, and health studies. According to her, some schoolchildren will be given anti-laziness pills and quick-wittedness vitamins. In her essay, Yekaterina Mikova wrote that school classes would be combined with educational trips to neighboring cities or even abroad. Marina Kruglova mentioned that schools of tomorrow would provide children with their professional portfolio starting with the first form. As written in her essay, during studies schoolchildren will develop their own unique project that will later help them in employment. Diana Stavtseva demonstrated to all those present the demo version of a day in the future school. According to her, every school student there will be able to become a child genius thanks to academic competitions that help their participants advance their knowledge and education. Violetta Drubenko devoted her essay to future professions, which included personal qualities coaches, space tourism managers, weather police, emotion designers, etc. It is important that teachers, doctors and rescue workers will remain in demand as well. Such noble professions can’t disappear even in the IT era. Alexander Kartsev in his work identified which qualities future people must have. They must be kind, friendly, good-natured, hardworking, seeking to develop themselves, able to work on their mistakes and learn from them as well as to find a compromise in any situation. Ilya Rayevsky, a 10-years-old wonder kid, shared about his projects, starting with laser gun and finishing with soft roads. He also announced his readiness to team up with other Global Talents users to put his ideas into practice. By the way, Ilya has established the Science Centre in Yaroslavl using his governor's scholarship and now delivers there lectures on robotics. 


The ideas of the contestants are admirable and inspiring. Tatyana Vorozhtsova, Deputy Head of Global Talents, said that the meeting had probably brought together future senators, deputies, ministers, and the greatest scientists of the mid-21th century. 

In fact, meetings of Global Talents users are held regularly. They include awards ceremonies, excursions, festivals, etc. This contributes to bringing together young talents from different regions of Russia and allows communicating with them not only on the internet. Such meetings always have a warm family atmosphere. The schoolchildren are always looking forward to taking part in them. They prepare gifts for Global Talents users and the project’s organisers, as Marina Volynkina and supervisors of the web portal have become not only their mentors, but also close friends. Global Talents team gave their hearts and souls to working with children joining the web-portal as its users. They know many children by name despite the fact that Global Talents now has 15000 users. The users are always looking forward to meeting with Lilia Gumerova, who was the first to support Global Talents and keeps on following its news during several years of the web-portal’s operation. 


“Such meetings always give joyful feelings and positive emotions. Seeing children’s involvement and their eyes sparkling with new ideas is brilliant. I am pleased that today Russia has a comprehensive system of supporting young talents. It is necessary to develop it at all levels including families, schools, cities and villages, regions, and whole Russia. It is important that President Vladimir Putin gives us an example of how this support should work. He finds time to read essays and thank children for their work and creativity. He contributes to creating appropriate conditions for development of their abilities and skills. As I think, we, adult people, must pay more attention to this”, said Lilia Gumerova. 

The senator stressed the importance to listen to children’s ideas and help children in realization of their plans. In this case, we together will manage to build the future we are dreaming of. 

Viktoria Yezhova, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community

Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov