Russian President Vladimir Putin supported the idea of creating an Internet platform for psychological assistance to schoolchildren. The head of state said this at an online meeting with teachers of schools and universities, alumni, as well as parents of students.
This proposal was made by Natalia Agra, a member of the Public Chamber of Russia, director of the Institute for the Study of Childhood, Family and Education. Students should be able to turn incognito to the best psychologists, she said. “A very interesting proposal, very timely. Unfortunately, here we are a little behind those countries that most actively use the capabilities of psychological services and specialists in this area, ”the Kremlin’s press service said.
In April 2020, the first free hotline of psychological help for schoolchildren and their parents was launched in Russia. It was organized by Andrey Melnichenko’s charitable foundation. The hotline was created in connection with the stress experienced by the self-isolation regime introduced at that time in connection with the pandemic.
Earlier today, Putin approved the idea of declaring 2023 the Year of the Teacher in the country, which was proposed by Yekaterina Grishina, a computer science student at the National Research University Higher School of Economics. This may be timed to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Konstantin Ushinsky, one of the founders of Russian pedagogy. However, before that, in February of this year, at a meeting with the laureates of the All-Russian competition “Teacher of the Year”, Putin promised to support the idea of holding the Year of Mathematics in 2023.
In addition, the head of state announced the need to improve the system of remuneration for teachers and promised to consider the possibility of introducing Father’s Day in Russia.