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Thanks to career guidance projects, young Muscovites can decide on their future work at school and apply their knowledge in real-life conditions.
On September 1, we went to Moscow schools and kindergartens about 1.5 million children… Today, metropolitan education is not only the usual lessons. Schoolchildren can choose a direction to their liking, try themselves in different professions, be creative and even invent something new.
All conditions have been created for diversified development: various career guidance projects are in operation, children’s technoparks and art schools have been opened. Partner universities and leading companies develop curricula together with schools. Children can immerse themselves in future professions – engineer, journalist, physician, IT specialist, teacher, entrepreneur and prepare for entering universities of interest.
Choose a profession: from military to IT specialist
In 2015, the first pre-professional classes… The project is being implemented together with leading universities, research organizations and high-tech companies.
From the 10th grade, children can study in engineering, medical, academic, pedagogical, media and IT classes. Last year, the atomic and Kurchatov areas were added to the engineering classes. In 2021, new entrepreneurial and media classes were opened.
In pre-professional classes, children study in depth specialized subjects, and thanks to programs developed in conjunction with partner universities, they get acquainted with the chosen professions and higher educational institutions in which they plan to enroll. So, students of medical classes take courses taught by practicing doctors, and also practice in laboratories with medical simulators.
Also, schoolchildren create projects that are evaluated by representatives of universities at scientific and practical conferences. Pre-professional Olympiads and conferences are held annually, their winners and prize-winners receive additional points to the results of the Unified State Exam upon admission to partner universities.
This academic year, more than 50 thousand children will study in pre-professional classes – about half of all high school students in the city. Most of the schoolchildren are in cadet, engineering and medical classes.
Media Classes: Future Media Specialists
The first media classes were opened this year: 1,500 children will study there. To get into the media class, children passed computer tests for literacy and the ability to work with information, and also wrote essays. However, it is not only knowledge of the Russian language that is important for successful study.
In the first media class of school No. 1359 named after aircraft designer M.L. Mile enrolled 27 students. Ekaterina Yampolskaya believes that one of the most important tasks is to prepare graduates with media literacy and competencies that will be useful in any profession.
Irina Akulova, director, agrees with her school number 444… She believes that media competence will be useful to schoolchildren, no matter what profession they choose later. Competently and clearly expressing thoughts, seeing the essence of the issue, understanding social processes are essential skills.
It is interesting that the media class for school No. 444 is not a completely familiar project, because it is famous for its physics and mathematics profile.
Programs for media classes are developed in cooperation with partner universities. School № 1359 named after aircraft designer M.L. Mila cooperates with the Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov, NRU HSE and MGIMO. School No. 444 signed an agreement with the Russian State University named after A.N. Kosygin, and the teachers of Film College No. 40 will acquaint high school students with the professions of a photographer, videographer and copywriter.
Also, schoolchildren will undergo practical training in the media, negotiations are already underway with sites where they can work.
Children’s technology parks: conduct research and create a project
In addition, schoolchildren from the capital can try their hand at technical creativity. For this, 18 children’s technology parks have been opened in the city, where children conduct experiments in 88 laboratories, create their own developments, build robots, control drones and write computer programs.
The main task of technoparks is to give children the opportunity to get acquainted with the professions in demand and acquire primary skills, for example, to learn programming languages. Schoolchildren can choose a lesson to their liking from 41 areas, including industrial design, robotics, information and nanotechnology, auto and aircraft design, biotechnology.
Technoparks help to take one more step in choosing a university and a future profession. Moreover, lectures are given by teachers of leading universities – MSTU named after N.E. Bauman, MAI, RSSU, Moscow Polytechnic University. Large industrial companies cooperate with children’s technoparks, whose employees share their experience.
For example, the Moscow children’s technopark teaches how to operate drones, build robots, industrial design, additive and nanotechnology, as well as the latest energy technologies. And “Vertical Takeoff” teaches you how to program in the most popular languages - from C ++ to Java. Also, the guys can create their own robot or a three-dimensional model of anything. It also teaches design, computer animation, game creation, cinematography, and computer music writing.
Development of creativity
In the capital, not only children with a technical mindset, but also creative guys can find something to their liking. 139 art schools have been opened for them – this is the largest educational network of this kind. in the world… About 90 thousand children study in them: they study music, fine arts, choreography and theatrical direction.
To support creative education, in 2018 we launched the Art for Children project. Thanks to him, schools are being renovated and becoming even more comfortable, new tools and equipment are being purchased for them. In addition, new buildings are being built. For example, this year the children’s art school named after M.I. Glinka moved to your own building…
The most talented guys receive additional support. For example, grants from the Mayor of Moscow in the field of culture and art are awarded in 19 nominations – from piano and organ to vocals, folklore, painting, architecture and design. Last year, grant holders received from 15 to 50 thousand rubles in individual nominations and from 30 to 150 thousand rubles in collective.
This support is yielding results. Last year, pupils of the capital’s art schools won 5,267 victories in international, national and city competitions, this number includes 848 first-degree awards and the Grand Prix.
Schoolchildren can not only receive a pre-professional education, but also apply knowledge in practice, having completed a paid internship. This is an opportunity to try yourself in a profession, to see the work environment and make more informed choices.
This summer, about a thousand teenagers between the ages of 14 and 17 became assistants to videographers, IT specialists, designers, analysts, clerks for 20 days – in total, 154 professions were available.
The internship could be completed in 435 organizations and projects, including “Moscow longevity”, offices “My Documents”, centers of social assistance to families and children, pavilions “Healthy Moscow” and institutions Department of Transport.
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