Maria Lvova-Belova emphasised that the institute of children's commissioners paid a lot of attention to exercising the rights of children to education, particularly to secondary vocational training, where many students are under 18. She noted that some college students are orphans, children left without parental care, individuals with disabilities, and children from families in difficult circumstances. Maria Lvova-Belova said it is essential to complement secondary vocational training with activities related to upbringing, mentorship, support, and guidance for these young individuals.
The Children's Commissioner emphasised the need to enhance the practical focus and importance of vocational training and expand avenues for the employment of teenagers.
In this regard, Ms Lvova-Belova outlined key issues the resolution of which would encourage the promotion of vocational training. Among them was the establishment of strong ties between education institutions and future employers to train skilled professionals based on the labour market’s demands. She also urged to focus on the living conditions in dormitories and supported the initiative put forward by Kirov Region Governor Alexander Sokolov to build a campus.
For the second consecutive year, Kirov has been chosen as the venue for the national forum organised by the Russian Youth Union’s federal programme. The primary objective of the Space for Development programme is to engage young people in implementing social initiatives in small towns and communities, with subsequent creation of youth associations. This year, the forum brought together 500 young participants from 46 regions.