VALENTINA MATVIENKO ON HOW FUTURE ATTRACTS CHILDREN
The Global Talents web-portal of supplementary education held the Future-Oriented Russia essays contest. The topic of the task 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 schoolchildren sent 2500 essays in which they depicted schools and people in future, professions that would be in demand, etc. The best works were included into a collection made for all interested to know more about original and inspiring ideas of school students. The foreword of the book comprises words of appreciation by Valentina Matvienko, Chairperson of the Federation Council. She expressed her gratitude not only to talented children, but also to their parents, children and all those who had contributed to their moral, spiritual and civil development.
“It is important to ensure that as many people as possible, including politicians, state and municipal employees, managers, representatives of business circles, get acquainted with essays in this book. People who today address the tasks of the country's development should be sure that those who will replace them will carry their baton and ensure continuity with what we are doing today”, she said. Valentina Matvienko thinks that is what the continuity and unity of the history of Russia consists of. She believes that the book will help adults to understand more deeply how schoolchildren see the future of their country and to come to practical conclusions, which they will apply in their activities in the present.
“Some of the ideas expressed in the works are good because they can already be implemented today. The rest encourage us to think about correcting our current plans, strategies, programs for the development of science, technology, and education”, said Valentina Matvienko.
She paid her attention to the fact that even essays about technocratic government are filled with humanist ideas. It is important that the schoolchildren understand that technological progress must be aimed at physical, social, and spiritual development of people. When machines do routine work, the work people do grows more interesting and creative. All of the participants, the users of the Global Talents web-portal, are very creative and enthusiastic people. They do many good deeds, for example, help veterans, participate in voluntary Saturday work, and willingly take part in various actions. Despite being very young, some of them already have some scientific achievements. In addition, Global Talents users write literary works and shoot interesting videos. Such talented children are undoubtedly able to make a great contribution to Russia’s development. It will be good if technical progress helps them in the implementation of their plans.
In their essays, the schoolchildren talked about the school subjects that the students of the future would learn. This topic was of great interest. For example, ‘profession studies’ would provide them with an opportunity to try themselves as specialists in various fields. They would try on uniform and carry out tasks of a certain profession. Another subject, ‘invention studies’, is dedicated to conducting experiments and introducing new technical innovations, devices, and machines. ‘Talent studies’ is a subject that would let school students reveal their dancing, artistic, leadership, and athletic talents. The list of the future school subjects in the essays also includes health studies, the Intergalactic language, environment, eco-friendship, and so forth, Many participants of the contest wrote that with such classes children would really fall in love with their schools. One school student wrote in her essay that there would be anti-laziness pills and quick-wittedness vitamins.
Writing about future professions, contestants mentioned personal qualities coaches, space tourism managers, weather police, emotion designers, etc. However, the authors of the essays stressed that teachers, doctors and rescue workers would remain in demand as well. Such noble professions can’t disappear even in the IT era. Participants of the contest concluded that at all times Russians wanted to be useful to their motherland. The modern young generation wants to change for the better not only their lives, but also the world around them. They sincerely strive to contribute to the development of their country.
The idea that the future of Russia depends on the people living in it was the main feature of all the essays written. The schoolchildren stressed the necessity to help the young understand their importance for society and proposed ideas how to make that. Describing the ideal future men and women they wrote about them as about purposeful, kind, friendly, good-natured, seeking to develop themselves, and non-indifferent to people around. According to the participants of the contest, future people must be fair and unselfish, able to find a compromise in any situation, work on their mistakes and learn from them. They must aim all their abilities for the benefit of society. At the same time, the schoolchildren did not just describe the ideal future people. They described the role models for them to take an example from.
All the essays are filled with the schoolchildren's sincere love for their country. According to Valentina Matvienko, all essays she read depicted Russia as an integral part of the global community of countries and peoples, which leans on equal and comprehensive cooperation. The future Russia in the essays was a state focusing on protecting the environment, natural resources, and improving the ecology.
“The ability of Russian youth to think, reflect, correctly express their thoughts, and be strong in their beliefs inspires confidence that Russia has a bright future. And it is for all of you to build it. We need to start today: to study well, go in for sport, think positively, make friends, help people, and protect the environment”, addressed Valentina Matvienko to the schoolchildren.
The senator wished them never to rest on the laurels, always to keep on learning and improving the world, to develop their talents and abilities, to dream and fantasize more. In her opinion, dreams, aspirations and creative efforts of the younger generation will make the future we all want to see.
On January 19, the Federation Council holds the Future-Oriented Russia contest’s awarding ceremony. 109 schoolchildren from all regions of Russia won prize-places.
Viktoria Yezhova, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community
Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov