The Russian Ministry of Education has announced that it will introduce flag raising every Monday from September 1, as well as a new compulsory subject on “traditional Russian spiritual and moral values”.
In the mailbox of parents of students in Russia arrived an unusual message on the eve of this new school year 2022. Signed by the Russian Ministry of Education, the email, translated on the blog of a Frenchman living in Moscow, explains that from this September 1, the questions “of raising children, training in traditional Russian spiritual and moral values, a sense of patriotism and citizenship“, would be integrated in a way “obligatoryin extracurricular activities.
In full context of war in ukrainethe ministry announces in particular the creation of a new compulsory subject, entitled “talk about the important“. This discipline will be an opportunity to deal with “family values, culture, education opportunities and values, important dates», Explains the message addressed to the parents. The 2022 novelties don’t stop there. Also effective September 1, “cEach week will begin with the raising of the State Flag of the Russian Federation“, a ceremony performed “under the direction of the class teacher».
Protecting schoolchildren from ‘information warfare’
Friday, several parents of French pupils educated in public schools in Moscow confirmed having seen the flag with horizontal blue, white and red stripes erected in the schoolyard. This patriotic tone is not new in Russia. Already in 2013, the Kremlin published a decree ordering Russian schools to display the national flag permanently, and to play the Russian anthem on the day of the start of the school year. President Vladimir Putin, at the initiative of the text, believed that this reform would contribute “to train patriots, especially among the younger generations“.
In the new program sketched out in this new school year by the Ministry of Education, the conflict in Ukraine is present in the background. Among the themes proposed until the end of November, “Our country is Russia” to “Traditional family values», each level has its own program. In elementary school, students will speakthe unity of the country, the need to preserve and protect its culture, its people“. College students will be invited to discuss the “special military operation“, name given by Moscow to the invasion of Ukraine, as a “manifestation of true patriotism“. The teacher should explain that the objective is toprotect the population of Donbass, which was intimidated and oppressed by the Kyiv regime, disarm Ukraine, prevent the establishment of NATO military bases on its territory“.
As for high school, students will be explained “the fact that the inhabitants of the People’s Republics of Lugansk and Donetsk“, in the Donbass, “are Russians, and their return to Russia is important“. According a Russian educational information sitethe ministry would have allocated 22 million rubles (360,000 euros) to provide educational materials for this new discipline dealing with “the important thing“. Thereby, “children will be taught weekly about patriotism and morals during school hours“, details the Russian site, in order to “don’t let school children “face to face with the information war”“.
Another aspect of the reform coming into force on 1er September, the learning of History from the first year. The announcement was made last April by Sergei Kravtsov, Minister of Education. “You can always (…) instill love for the fatherland, even from the first year“, he argued at a forum on education, saying he trusted Russian historians to build a program suitable for the little ones. “We are very serious about the implementation of these important tasks, we are preparing and waiting for our children!“, concludes the Ministry of Education in its email to parents.