Metalloinvest helps children learn about careers
Metalloinvest has supported the social partnership project ‘You are not alone. Step into a profession’ as part of the ‘Leaders of Russia’ competition, designed to help children with disabilities to select a future profession.
Children and parents from the Zheleznogorsk, Kursk region visited the children’s technological park of the Russian State Social University in Moscow with support of the Company. The project was implemented by the Zheleznogorsk parents’ group ‘We are together’, the Monocities Development Fund and the Russian State Social University.
Children learned about modern high-tech equipment in laboratories which focused on virtual reality, robotics, video production, information technologies, neuro-technology and industrial design. A new world of unique and accessible opportunities was unveiled to the children and their parents.
Olga Finakova, a mother of one of the participating children, said: “We are glad that we participated in this project. We do not know enough about the possible professions our children could apply their talents to and become sought-after specialists in future. We saw lots of digital technology professions here. This trip has helped us to believe in ourselves.”
Alexey Lyakhov, the project’s organiser, said: “A new task within the ‘Leaders of Russia’ competition is to implement the social project ‘Heart of a Leader’. This has required a high level of organisation from myself and my colleagues to develop a project initiative, raise funds and implement the projects within a short period of time. I am grateful to Metalloinvest for supporting such an important initiative. It is worth noting that this initiative was recognised thanks to the work of Yulia Bagrova, the Zheleznogorsk curator of the Monocities Development Fund.
Part of the project saw the children visit the ‘Experimentanium’ scientific entertainment centre, where they took part in practical exercises to learn about key scientific areas including electricity, mechanics, optics and acoustics. During the interactive exposition, children could interact with exhibits, examine and experiment, gather evidence and solve puzzles.
In addition, Metalloinvest organised a practical seminar and consultations for parents specific to each child’s age and needs, led by family psychologist Olga Shaveko.
The trip culminated memorably, with a visit to Red Square for the children and their parents.
Nikolay Klyuchnikov, a project manager of ‘You are not alone. Step into a profession’, employee of Mikhailovsky GOK (part of Metalloinvest) and a deputy of the Zheleznogorsk Duma, said: “In Russia today, people are paying a lot of attention to creating an accessible environment and expanding educational and development opportunities for children with special needs. With Metalloinvest’s support, we are taking the first steps in Zheleznogorsk to unify the parenting community and to engage specialists such as psychologists, neurologists and speech therapists. Together, our progress helps to broaden our children’s horizons.”back to news list