The System of Supplementary Education for Kids is Changing Here and Now

14 november 2017

"For almost a year now the Affordable Supplementary Education for Russian Children project has been implemented," said Inna Karakchieva, Analytical Center expert, speaking at the 2017 International Education Fair in Ufa. "So what effects are we already seeing? First of all the supplementary education system for children is being transformed here and now right in front of our eyes. The changes we're seeing have to do not only with the demands of the children and their parents, but also with the requirements of the state and the country's development priorities."

That's why it's so important to understand the link between supplementary education, its affordability and quality and the national technology initiative, the Digital Economy of the Russian Federation Program, the Modern Digital Educational Environment in the Russian Federation priority program and other state initiatives, Ms. Karakchieva believes.

According to the expert, when you take into account the specific features of supplementary education, its impact on the interests and career decisions of young people, it becomes clear that achieving the goals depends on creating an innovative infrastructure and updating the contents, both tasks that the federal government has already allocated over a billion and a half rubles to. In total over 70% of kids aged between 5 and 18 are enrolled in various supplementary education programs. In nine Russian provinces federal subsidies have already been put to use to create regional model centers of supplementary education for children.

By late 2017 about 50 Quantorium technoparks will be created in 36 constituent entities of the Russian Federation, which will engage some half a million children in work on various projects.

The youth innovative creativity centers, quantoriums, interactive museums, career advice centers, the league of robots are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what's being done at the moment as part of the new forms of supplementary education. The new supplementary education system which is being created at the moment and which includes everything from the federal supplementary resources center to the regional model centers, to municipal-level support centers, supplementary education organizations, general education institutions offering supplementary programs, takes into account the specific features of each region, their current objectives and development prospects as well as availability of resources.

"At the same time the development prospects for a supplementary education system are linked to the creation of new financial and management models based on private-public partnership," Ms. Karakchieva believes. The development of the educational game industry (general education and training games), creative environments, imitation models etc. requires that special attention be paid to the domestic education technology industry, introduction of incentives to include industry and services sector representatives in the development of the supplementary education system, development of public and professional mechanisms for assessing the quality and auditing supplementary education solutions."

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