Kremlin calls for greater cooperation with NGOs on children’s education
Sergey Ivanov calls for increased cooperation with NGOs in the area of children’s education
Sergey Ivanov, Head of the Kremlin’s Executive Office, has called for greater collaboration between the State and NGOs in providing a proper education for children, believing it to be both mutually beneficial and essential. Ivanov made these remarks at a meeting of the *Russian President’s Coordinating Council on Implementation of the 2012-2017 National Children’s Strategy. At that meeting, Ivanov said that Putin had stressed the importance and highlighted the effectiveness of socially-orientated NGOs during his recent talks with representatives from civil associations. “It is in all our interests to tap into their considerable potential and experience”, said Ivanov.
Ivanov has also urged that greater attention be given to shaping a child’s future by creating the proper environment in which its intellectual, physical and moral development can be nurtured. To this end, he suggested combining both sides’ forces, saying “I propose that we cooperate closely with those NGOs that work in pre-school and secondary education”. He also called for more effort to be devoted to improving living standards of families with children, providing targeted support for the needy, and generally to create the necessary conditions to facilitate the intellectual, physical and moral development of children.
At the President’s Coordinating Council meeting, Ivanov explained that implementation of the 2012-2017 National Children’s Strategy was starting to yield results, e.g. the number of child orphans not placed in families had fallen by 20% during 2014, and that the natural population growth for 2014 had been recorded thanks to the support of the Government scheme targeted at large families.
*The Coordinating Council was set up on 11 September 2012 by Vladimir Putin in order to identify the means and the various stages involved in implementing the National Children’s Strategy.
Author: Irina Laktyushina