The Analytical Center jointly with the World Bank held the expert meeting “Improving the Existing Measures Aimed at Developing a Modern Education Infrastructure in the General Education System.”
The event was held as part of the implementation of the priority project "Creating a Modern Educational Environment for School Students." "The new May decree of the Russian President has set the goals for the country's education system to be achieved by 2024. These include ensuring that the Russian education system is competitive at the global level and that Russia makes it into the top 10 leading providers of higher education in terms of quality, another goal is to ensure that kids are brought up as well-rounded and socially responsible individuals by drawing on the spiritual and moral values of the peoples of Russia, their historic, ethnic and cultural traditions," Inna Karakchieva, Lead Advisor of the Analytical Center, stressed. The expert cited accessibility, quality and uniformity as the top priorities for education.
Dorota Agata Nowak, the World Bank Russia program coordinator, noted that the World Bank has a lot of experience in improving the educational infrastructure in various countries around the world. "We implemented projects in Serbia, Romania, Belarus. As for Russia, your country is still a leader in education on many counts. Russian experts are being actively brought on board, helping other countries develop infrastructure both in preschool and higher education," the World Bank expert said. According to the expert, special attention is also paid to the quality of education.
Alexey Baranovsky, a representative of the All-Russian Research Institute for Fire Protection of the EMERCOM of Russia, talked about problems with ensuring fire safety in educational facilities. According to him, these issues need to be raised at the construction phase of a project and the building should be designed taking into account safety standards and regulations. "The main problems that arise during the design of modern educational facilities have to do with the fact that the requirements stemming from the need for an effective educational environment, architectural innovations, demographic oscillations and regulatory requirements are often at cross purposes," the expert stressed. On the other hand, Mr. Baranovsky is sure that the current attempts to amend the existing fire safety standards and regulations are a multi-faceted task that hinges on the successful resolution of several problems at the same time. These problems can be solved if the existing documents are refined in rational and well-thought-out manner with a view to the mobile approach, the specialist is sure.
The participants in the discussion noted that the educational infrastructure is currently making a major contribution to improving the effectiveness of teaching and learning. However, there are problems with the development of this infrastructure that have to do with the procurement system that is designed to always opt for the cheapest possible materials and solutions. There is also a lack of understanding of the processes taking place in education that should be used as guidelines, the specialists are sure.