In the Belgorod region, priests will attend parent-teacher meetings and open lessons in schools. This is stated in the agreement on “cooperation in the field of spiritual and moral education of the younger generation,” which was signed by the Minister of Education of the region Andrei Milekhin and Metropolitan John of Belgorod and Stary Oskol.
They believe that “it is important to join forces in extremely difficult cultural and geopolitical conditions.”
The diocese also intends to hold Joasaph readings, the Day of Slavic Literature and Culture, meetings with teachers, competitions, seminars, and also take part in the examination of projects and educational literature in the field of spiritual and moral education.
In August 2022, a boarding school at the Nikolo-Shartomsky Monastery in the Ivanovo region announced a set of students. The invitation stated that the school “is called upon to educate real young men, future warriors of Christ, defenders of the earthly and heavenly Fatherland, fighting both on the spiritual battlefield and on the earthly field.” In the same school for pupils of grades 5-11, the military sports camp “Kleshchevsky Dawns 2022” was held.
After the Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the Ministry of Education of Russia introduced a patriotic lesson “Talk about the important” in schools – in order to “form in schoolchildren love for the Motherland, pride in their country, patriotism.” Although classes are not part of the school curriculum, parents say their children are threatened with expulsion if they refuse to attend.
In 2023, a course on basic military training will appear in Russian schools. Sergei Mironov, head of the Just Russia – For Truth faction, said that this course should be taught by “people with combat experience: combat veterans, employees of law enforcement agencies.”
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