Support for gifted children was one of the key issues discussed during the meeting between the rector of Voronezh State University, Dmitry Endovitsky, the governor of the Voronezh region, Alexey Gordeev, and the first vice-director of the Regional Department of Education, Culture, and Youth Policy, Galina Ivanova.
Intellectual resources are as important for any country as oil and gas. Russian society, including representatives of authorities from various levels, higher educational institutions, and large businesses, realised a long time ago that investments into young, gifted, and creative people, who can approach tasks in an unconventional way, will pay off in spades.
Dmitry Endovitsky told the governor about a unique system for training engineer students that was developed by the university. The system is aimed at finding gifted children from the very beginning of their learning process: VSU scientists work with children starting from elementary school. The system has been quite successful. That can be proved by the achievements of the experimental technical school, where 500 schoolchildren study robotics, additive technologies, and the basics of engineering. The children join the school in the 5th form and between the 9–11th form they get an opportunity to deepen their knowledge in mathematics, ICT, and programming under supervision of university academic staff. As a result, it is hardly a surprise that these children are more prepared to study at university than most of other school leavers.
The rector of VSU said:
“Both regional and federal authorities are showing more and more interest in the Voronezh experience of working with gifted children. Our main advantage is talented kids, smart teachers, and interested business community members who promote the love of science, providing a motivation for the further development of the whole country’s science and technology.
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