The constantly changing world means that people need to be equipped to learn for the duration of their lives, adapt to new realities, and be at home in any cultural or social context.
An educational system that prepares children for adulthood in just one social system is ineffective in these modern conditions, where forms of social organization are actively interchangeable. Each person must have the ability to ensure his or her prosperity and self-realization even when the rules of the game change.
In Irkutsk, about 60 kilometers away from Lake Baikal, the construction of Smart School begins. This project is to become a step towards reforming secondary education system in Russia.
Smart School is the project aimed at building an innovative educational complex with a settlement for foster families, as well as at creating a center for developing a new approach to modernizing secondary education system in Russia.
The social mission of the project is to integrate children deprived of parental care into the learning process together with all other students and to support their adoption by foster families for permanent residence. Children from foster families will account for about 15% of the total number of children, i.e. about 150 people. Each foster family will bring up five or six children; overall, there will be 30 such families. The total number of students of the Smart School educational complex will exceed one thousand. education will be free.
"A model of socially responsible education will be implemented here. The educational complex is to become a real home for orphans who will live with foster parents in a special housing development and go to school with children from ordinary families," said Tina Kandelaki, a member of the Smart School Board of Trustees.
The educational program is divided into three levels, and classes will be held in three different buildings:
Five core principles will constitute the basis of the educational program and determine its specifics. The principles include focus on both rational reasoning and asrtistic perception of the world, integrating psychology into the learning process, intensive study of foreign languages, productive labor and school sports. Unlike a traditional Russian school there will be no standard timetable. Starting from elementary school, pupils will be able to select subjects themselves.
According to Mark Sartan, the project leader, Smart School will become an incubator for ideas, technologies, projects and practices which and will enable educators to raise a generation of active, ambitious and creative people. Besides, this will contribute to the educational system and the social sphere of the region and of the country, and promote the growth of human potential which is the main resource of Russia.
The construction of the Smart School educational complex will start in the fourth quarter of 2017, while the school is expected to open on September 1, 2019.
The Smart School multimedia educational project is designed to open the way for students to pursue knowledge that will serve as an important foundation for their adult lives.
The authors of the project seek to restore lost access to accumulated human knowledge while offering new angles for presenting information and making it relevant and appealing to a younger audience.
The project seeks to the transfer civilization’s major intellectual achievements to a new generation. This will not only enrich the lives of youth and enable them to adapt successfully to adulthood but will also make their lives more interesting and meaningful.