Ten social projects, which were considered at the meeting of the working group of the expert board of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI) on July 28, 2017, were approved by experts and will receive support.
Among them projects Uchi.ru and Surdo-online, which were presented to Vladimir Putin during his meeting with representatives of the social sector during the business forum "Karelia. Points of Growth". The President positively assessed the decision on online education, which is now not only working in large scale in Russia, but also replicated abroad. He suggested assisting in the project promotion in the BRICS countries. The Head of State promised to support the project on online sign language interpreting at the system solution level through specialized foundations.
In addition, the meeting considered the solutions to launch production of wheelchairs and distribution of electric add-ons for them, installation of tablets for sign language interpreting into social organizations, replication of methods forming emotional intelligence in children, volunteerism expansion, etc.
“I believe that our working group is contributing to the Agency’s systematic work in collecting, selecting and replicating social technologies and practices, information and outreach activities, involvement of resources, creation of an infrastructure to support social projects. Further on, there is an increasing number of worthy programs and leaders in the regions; they make themselves known in the society, changing people’s lives,” Elena Nikolaeva, head of the working group, commented on the meeting results.
Projects to be supported by the ASI
Educational platform Uchi.ru (as part of the Skills of the Future strategic initiative) Project leader: Ivan Kolomoets, General Director of Uchi.ru, LLC.
Since 2011, Uchi.ru has been engaged in developing online courses on the main subjects of the school curriculum and creating the educational platform UCHi.RU. More than 150 professionals – graduates of major Russian universities, such as the Moscow State University, the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, the Moscow State Technical University, the National Research Nuclear University “MEPhI”, the Higher School of Economics, the Russian School of Economics, etc. – are working on developing the courses. Educational content for each student has its own trajectory. Depending on the student’s performance, the system selects personal tasks for him/her and adapts to his/her pace of training and level of knowledge, forming a motivating environment for learning. Each course is based on a high degree of interactivity. A constant dialogue between the system and the user allows for giving feedback to the student and guide him/her towards the right decision, developing his/her abilities and motivating him/her to actively study new material.
Actually, an interactive online mathematics on for primary schools is available for children. It is used by more than 100 thousand primary school teachers and 1.3 million primary school students in Russia. By the beginning of 2017/2018 academic year, an online mathematics course will be launched for 5th – 9th grades. Schools and teachers will have free and unlimited access to it.
The ASI will support the project in cooperation with regional authorities in terms of pilot testing of the educational course on the basis of schools (selection of pilot institutions, information support). The Agency will also assist in obtaining an expert opinion of the Russian Academy of Education and the Federal Institute for the Development of Education.
Children’s Emotional Intelligence Development “Academy of Monsiks” (as part of the Skills of the Future strategic initiative ) Project leader: Viktoria Shimanskaya, project manager at Monsiki, LLC
The main idea of the project is to introduce and approbate the emotional intelligence development method named Academy of Monsiks at preschool and primary school educational institutions. The technique is based on the use Monsiks, fairy-tale characters, each of whom possesses certain skills and embodies certain emotion. The method contains elements of game and dramaturgy, which allows to fully involve children in the learning process. After completing the course, 18 parameters are expected to be improved, namely: improved interaction with other children, reduced aggressiveness in a group, improved learning performance, improved atmosphere of mutual understanding in the family, increased interest in books, decreased anxiety.
The ASI will assist in the pilot approbation of the educational course in the regions: interaction with regional authorities, selection of municipalities and educational institutions, as well as assistance in obtaining an expert opinion of the Russian Academy of Education and the Federal Institute for the Development of Education.
Reduced Mobility PatrolProject leader: Nikolay Yudin, General Director of Supreme Touch, LLC
According to official data, there are more than 340 thousand wheelchair people in Russia, and about 100 thousand people who need to use a wheelchair at the stage of rehabilitation. It is extremely difficult to move around in manual wheelchairs: only a few people with disabilities can travel 5 or more kilometers a day.
Supreme Touch, LLC has developed an electric add-on UNAwheel, which, when connected to wheelchairs, helps to travel at a distance of up to 30 km. This device makes the urban environment more accessible for wheelchair users, increases their mobility, increases the opportunity of socialization and employment, expands the sphere of their activities.
As support measures, the ASI will ensure communication with federal and regional authorities, in particular, with the Department of Transport of the City of Moscow and the Department of Labor and Social Protection of the Population of Moscow, for the organization of a pilot project. In addition, assistance will be provided in attracting partners – regional offices of the All-Russian Society of Disabled People and non-profit organizations engaged in labor adaptation and employment of disabled people.
Development of Active-Type Wheelchair Production for Disabled People in RussiaProject leader: Aleksandr Senyukov, Director for Communications and Organizational Development at the “Preodolenie” Charity Center for Active Rehabilitation of Disabled People
The project involves launching a new production line to manufacture domestic active-type wheelchairs on the basis of “Preodoleniye” Charity Center for Active Rehabilitation of Disabled People, LLC. This will increase the volume of production, expand the range of products (at least 90% of the items on the federal list of technical means of rehabilitation), reduce the cost of production by 30%, and increase export potential.
Providing the Russian 1st group disabled people with high-quality and affordable wheelchairs produced in Russia enables them to lead an independent way of life, reducing their dependency on accompanying persons, increasing the level of integration into society, facilitating the process of education and employment.
The Agency will assist in organizing a dialogue with federal authorities: the Medical and Social Expertise Board – to increase the share of prescribed active-type wheelchairs (actually, Russia lags behind developed countries by 10-30 times in these terms), the Social Insurance Fund – to review approaches to procurement and increasing the share of purchases from domestic producers.
Surdo-onlineProject leader: Aleksey Melnik, General Director of Intelligent Technology Opportunities, LLC
Surdo-online is an online sign language interpretation system. The basic model of interaction with service organizations includes equipping one of the access windows with a signboard “For the hearing impaired people” and a tablet with a camera. When servicing a hearing-impaired visitor, the organization’s employee starts the Surdo-online service by pressing one button, and within one minute a sign language interpreter is connected to them via video communication. The employee of the organization speaks in his/her voice; the sign language interpreter translates his/her words by gestures. At the same time, it is possible to log the negotiations and visualize the communication for hearing-impaired people as a text. After using the service, the visitor can rate it.
The Agency will assist in communicating with the authorities on replicating the project to increase the volume of services in the regions: equipping the 112 services with the function of calling through a website with the help of an interpreter; equipping multifunctional centers with the Surdo-online service.
Establishment of Domestic Production of Electrically-Driven Observer WheelchairsProject leader: Roman Aranin, General Director of OBSERVER, LLC
The project provides for the construction of a high-tech production line (import-substituting production facilities) in the Kaliningrad Region for the production of modern, high-quality and affordable basic modification of electric wheelchairs – Observer-Standard. Its cost for sale in the territory of the Russian Federation and the Customs Union will be 100,000 rubles, including VAT. It is planned to produce at least 2,000 electric wheelchairs per year, with a level of localization of more than 50%, which will meet the needs of people with disabilities.
The ASI will ensure interaction with federal and regional executive authorities under the instruction of the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation to assist in the construction of a plant for manufacture of the Observer Company’s products in the Kaliningrad Region.
Voluntary Forest Firefighters. Together Against the Common Problem Project leader: Grigory Kuksin, founder of the Interregional Public Charity Organization “Voluntary Forest Firefighters Association”
As part of the project, an educational fire-fighting camp will be organized – a one-week training program for leaders of voluntary forest firefighters, including their familiarization with the equipment, tactics, group management, fundraising, negotiation skills, and communication management. The camp will become a platform for sharing best practices and creating joint interregional projects. The methodical support will include the development of manuals for volunteers, public awareness materials, and documents for teachers of secondary educational institutions.
The Agency will assist in involving volunteers and representatives of interested authorities and organizations into the work of the training camp.
Center for Legal Clinics Development Project leader: Maksim Dranzhevsky, Director of the Center for Legal Clinics Development, Autonomous Non-Profit Organization
Legal Clinics are structural subdivisions at universities, created for teaching students professional skills and providing free legal assistance (FLA) to the public. Such clinics, providing services free of charge, have an advantage over state organizations that also provide FLA, which consists in saving budget funds, given the fact that the budget expenses for an oral advice of a legal counsel range from 200 rubles (e.g. in the Republic of Buryatia) to 400 rubles (e.g. in Moscow).
Such clinics operate according to standards that guarantee the quality of services. The students-clinicians acquire skills to work with requests of beneficiaries, and gain experience of socially responsible work.
The ASI will assist in obtaining the expert opinion of the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia for methodical materials on organization and support of legal clinics in the subordinated institutions.
A Race of Good Deeds Project leader: Oksana Romanchuk, Member of the Board of the All-Russian Public Organization of Small and Medium Business SUPPORT OF RUSSIA
In Russia, there are about 2 thousand children with a rare genetic disease – bullous epidermolysis (for the fragility and vulnerability of their skin, comparable to a butterfly’s wing, such children are called “butterfly children”). The B.E.L.A. Butterfly Children Charity Foundation is the only fund in Russia that provides comprehensive assistance to children with this disease. To involve a larger number of socially active population in helping “butterfly children” and to draw attention to this problem, the foundation organizes charity races. The first hundred-meter race is run by the children and their parents. All starting fees from participants in the races are donated for medical treatment and purchase of medicines for “butterfly children”.
The ASI will help to establish cooperation with the Ministry of Health of Russia and the relevant regional authorities for the centralized dissemination of information on measures to support children with the bulbar epidermolysis and their parents. Assistance will also be provided in establishing contacts with international organizations to share experience and jointly hold charitable races devoted to “butterfly children”.
Accelerator of Social Initiatives RAISE (as part of the Accelerator of Social Initiatives infrastructure project)Project leader: Vyacheslav Shoptenko, Director of the Institute for Organizational Development and Strategic Initiatives of the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Service
The project is an accelerating program, which includes support for student activities to implement socially significant projects in the regions. As a communicative platform, accelerator enables project leaders to interact with representatives of public authorities, development institutions, and businesses. The aim of the program is to develop civil society, bring up socially responsible leaders, and form a staff reserve for the social activities.
Accelerator includes educational & expert and competitive blocks. One season of the acceleration program lasts 9 months, starting with formation of teams in September until a contest in May. The winners of the contest will take part in internships and post-acceleration of their projects.
The ASI will assist in the organization of expert meetings and contests with the involvement of the Agency’s expert community, as well as partners among representatives of universities, business circles, and non-profit organizations.