Mobile schools to be set up in the Nenets Autonomous Area
In 2016, the Nenets Autonomous Area will establish a network of mobile kindergartens and schools in the traditional settlements of the indigenous peoples of the North. The pilot project may be launched in the Kanin Nenets community agricultural cooperative. As of now, there are 38 children of preschool age, the regional administration's press service reports.
"The children of nomads will receive education without being separated from their parents and their traditional way of life. The concept of ‘nomad' schools allows the little residents of the tundra to live with their family while gaining new knowledge and participating in new education programs. That said, a love for their land and traditional lifestyle will be promoted. I think that such practices will eliminate the personnel shortage in the reindeer herding industry, which is crucial for the region," said Viktor Ilyin, Deputy Governor of the Nenets Autonomous Area.
According to the project developers, the network will help create new jobs, increase the salaries of relevant experts working in the tundra, prepare children for school, integrate education with the traditional lifestyle, strengthen family ties and create a personnel pool in reindeer herding.
A similar process of organizing education for nomad children is underway in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area and in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).