Patrium: The Best From Women to Children
On happiness, talents, and patriotism
One of the main features of Russia’s women is infinite love for children and sincere care. The Patrium project proved that once again. The Patrium Summer School annually brings together about one hundred talented boys and girls from different regions of the country. The project is supported by the Grant of the President of the Russian Federation on the Development of Civil Society provided by the Presidential Grants Foundation. This year, Patrium took place in Moscow for the third time.
Lilia Gumerova - First Deputy Chairperson of the Federation Council Committee on Science, Education, and Culture
Marina Volynkina - Head of the Global Talents all-Russian web-portal of supplementary education, Head of the Eurasian Women’s Community news agency, Rector of the Institute for the Humanities and Information Technologies (IGUMO), Founder of the International College for Arts and Communication (MKIK)
A three-day programme of the school included a number of workshops, lectures, and other cultural and educational events. Schoolchildren attended mental arithmetic and art therapy classes, took part in quests and quizzes, visited the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, walked the Red Square, and enjoyed a tour of the Moscow River.
The invited experts shared with children their advice on how to develop skills relevant for modern world. For example, Yulia Rakova, a marketing expert, blogger, and author of educational courses, told about how to achieve success on social networks and attract the attention of people to their opinion. Viktoria Shimanskaya, Russia’s leading expert on development of emotional intelligence, and children discussed professions of the future. The speaker explained what qualities would be demanded in the labour market in a few years.
This year, the main topic of Patrium was dedicated to happiness. Children are the future of the planet. It is important that adults understand how they see their happiness and that children learn to not only enjoy their lives but also bring joy to people around.
The awarding of the winners of Patrium took place in the Federation Council. Senator Lilia Gumerova, First Deputy Chairperson of the Federation Council Committee on Science, Education, and Culture, has been supporting the project for many years. She met children at the Upper House of the Parliament and conveyed the warm greetings from Valentina Matvienko, Chairperson of the Federation Council. Lilia Gumerova emphasized that talent, energy and creative skills of young people are among the key conditions for Russia’s success and breakthrough development.
The schoolchildren shared their ideas on the notion of happiness and the ways to make people’s lives better. It is important to ensure that every person feels that he or she is needed. The children expressed their hope that once Russia would have the law on happiness and suggested several paragraphs for it.
Instilling patriotism in the rising generation is the most important part of the Patrium project. One of the summer school’s tasks is to demonstrate how great Russia is and let children feel that their country needs each of them.
Participants of the project visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and paid tribute to the memory of the fallen in the Great Patriotic War. During the final creative concert in the evening, the school students demonstrated their talents, danced, showed tricks, sang songs about Russia, and shared their love towards their motherland with the audience.
The Patrium project has a unique atmosphere. It takes children from different regions of Russia just three days to become close friends.
After becoming friends in Moscow, children continue to communicate and even carry out joint projects. Within the Patrium Summer School, the participants exchange their knowledge, experience, positive energy, and emotions. This inspiring atmosphere contributes to development of young people.
An effective communication is established during Patrium, which helps children feel being a part of a big country.
Patrium gives a mass of emotions. Its participants laugh, rejoice, and cry when it comes time to part. This is always a very sincere and touching moment.
The schoolchildren increasingly often compare Patrium with other large-scale educational projects and camps such as Sirius, Orlenok, and Artek.
“We are proud that our summer school is becoming a part of a huge system of supplementary education created for children in Russia”, notes Marina Volynkina, head of the project.
She emphasized that the project is, in the first turn, focused on bringing up young people’s patriotism, altruism, and aspiration to self-development and realisation of their potential. It is no surprise that the initiative echoed in the hearts of a number of people and was liked by the schoolchildren’s mothers. They all want their children to live in a kind, sound, and happy world.
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Anna Repina, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community
Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov