Social projects recommended for replication in the Republic of Karelia presented at the forum in Petrozavodsk
A technology for organizing the production of active-traction and bioelectrical prostheses on the basis of the existing prosthetic and orthopedic enterprises, a system of early care for children with disabilities, a standard of volunteer support in Russian regions and a digital resource with a set of electronic courses for secondary schools were presented on July 25 by the leaders and supervisors of the ASI’s social projects at the business Forum “Karelia: Points of Growth” in Petrozavodsk.
“We are interested in implementing production and maintenance technologies for our (hand and forearm) prosthesis at regional prosthetic enterprises,” Ilya Chekh, General Director of Motorika, reported. “There may be different interaction patterns. We are ready to collaborate with a counterparty who is active in the region.”
Motorika is engaged in the development of upper limb electromechanical prosthesis with a myo-control system (reading electrical impulses from muscles). The product manufacture widely uses the 3D printing technology, which significantly reduces the costs and facilitates the R&D stage.
According to Ilya Chekh, even the information activity of local authorities can significantly increase the modern technical means of rehabilitation (TMR) availability to the population. “This is for this purpose that the ASI and the Public Opinion Foundation have recently launched a market study for the production and maintenance of children’s hand prosthetics,” Ilya Chekh said. “Many regions don’t know the real need for such products.”
A similar problem of identifying deviations in children was revealed by Nadezhda Ivanova, the Deputy Head of the Department for the Development of New Forms of Education within the ASI’s “Social Projects” Direction.
“Nobody knows how many children need medical, psychological and pedagogical support among those who do not attend kindergartens, and we know nothing about children aged 0 to 3 years: how many children are born with disabilities, how many of them need support,” Nadezhda Ivanova said.
To create an integral system for identification and early care for disabled children in the regions, she recommended the authorities to establish interdepartmental cooperation and to more actively engage private service providers in the joint work.
“In each region, the early care system is based on a different infrastructure. 78 regions have separate fragments, elements of a system – some are based on social protection, some on the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education – it doesn’t matter, in fact. When there is an interdepartmental regulation, right specialists come to the right place.”
Alisa Babina, the Project Head at the Department of Investment in the Social Sphere within the ASI’s “Social Projects” Direction, who presented the Volunteerism Support Standard in the Russian Regions, also mentioned some problems of interdepartmental interaction and legal restrictions at the level of constituent entities of the Russian Federation:
“Let’s take the experience of Saint Petersburg for example - its local Committee for Social Policy pays attention to voluntary work (‘dobrovolchestvo’) and supports this initiative, whereas the Youth Policy Committee supports volunteerism (‘volontyorstvo’). This seemingly trivial legal formality causes huge infrastructural gaps in the provision of state support,” Alisa Babina said.
According to her, at the first stage of implementing this standard in the region, it is necessary to develop a regulation for cooperation of different state authorities with volunteers.
“When only one authority is singled out to oversee the issues of volunteerism, such as the Youth Policy Committee, a volunteer shall be not older than 35 years or there are problems of budget allocation. Unfortunately, this problem is very urgent in some constituent entities of the Russian Federation. For example, we knew that municipal headquarters in the Novosibirsk Region cannot support volunteers older than 35 years, although, according to the statistics, the number of applications [from this age group] is 2 times bigger than that from younger people,” Alisa Babina noted.
Another project recommended for replication in the Republic of Karelia is the "National Open School". This is a digital educational resource that contains more than 4 thousand interactive teaching aids for basic school subjects. Video content, grouped by thematic units, includes training and verification multimedia materials in line with the school program. The material is presented in the form of animated videos, exercises, trainings, tests, and virtual laboratories. The system of lessons is built on the “simple-to-complex” principle. The duration of videos is 30 seconds to 4 minutes.
“Children are subject to a real DDoS attack. The information flow is enormous, whereas their perception channel is very narrow – and it is clogged with everything. The modern teacher competes not only with social media, video games, movies, but also with a huge number of other activities, and the school is far from being the most interesting and popular pastime, in the children’s opinion,” Anton Sazhin, General Director of the National Open School, explained. “We decided to create a system which does not require much effort from the teacher, but makes it possible to improve the pupil’s performance through a systemic approach.”
The business forum “Karelia: Points of Growth” is held at the co-working “Boiling Point”, which was opened in Petrozavodsk on July 25, 2017. The Forum’s agenda includes best practices in the fields of regional and municipal management, small and medium entrepreneurship, investment climate, social and technological entrepreneurship, main and complementary education, personnel training for the industries, which can be successfully replicated in the region with the support from the Agency for Strategic Initiatives. The Republic of Karelia also presents projects that may be used as practices for replication in other regions. Along with presentations and master classes, there are discussions and project sessions in the key areas of Karelia’s development, which will result in new projects and programs included into the region’s short- and long-term development strategy.
On July 26, the Forum’s agenda will include a session of the Supervisory Board of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI) under the chairmanship of Russian President Vladimir Putin.