In Russian schools, from the Pacific to the Black Sea, kindergarten children wear uniforms and take part in marching tests: older children are taughthow to dig trenches, throw grenades and shoot with live ammunition. This is what CNN writes in a long article published today on its website on how education is changing in the country.
In schools across the country, service in the armed forces is glorified, "volunteer companies" of adolescents are formed and the national curriculum is modified to emphasize the defense of the motherland, comments the broadcaster: in short, Russian children are prepared for war, he adds.
The Minister of Education, Sergei Kravtsov, recently stated that there are about 10,000 so-called "military-patriotic" clubs in Russian schools and institutes and that a quarter of a million people participate. These clubs are part of a multi-pronged effort that includes a radical overhaul of the curriculum: there are mandatory lectures on military and patriotic values, while updated history books accentuate Russian military values.
In August, President Vladimir Putin signed a law introducing a new compulsory course in schools: "Fundamentals of security and defense of the motherland".
Subsequently, the Ministry of Education promoted courses under this initiative that include excursions tomilitary units, "military sports games, meetings with military and veterans" and lessons on drones.
The governor of the Belgorod region, Vyacheslav Gladkov, proposed conducting military exercises with preschoolers on a regular basis. During a parade in the city ofVologda, a child greeted and said to an official: "Comrade parade commander! The parade is ready. I am Commander Uliana Shumelova." Similar scenes were repeated inSakhalin, in the Russian Far East, in Yeysk, on the Sea of Azov.
Some children seem excited, others disoriented, comments CNN. In Yeysk, a preschooler led the border guards' march, while his peers chanted: "One, two, three. Left, left, left!"
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