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MIEF Day Three Summary

12 April 2019

Day Three of Moscow International Education Fair – 2019 has ended. For a summary of the key events of April 13, please read our daily digest.

Opening of Pink Elephant IMHO Forum

On April 12, a new MIEF special project was launched ‒ Pink Elefant’ (Rozovyi Slon), an IMHO forum for teenagers. The programme “about teenagers and for teenagers” comprised most various events, from serious discussions to entertaining activities, as designed by teenagers themselves with the support of MIEF Programme Board.

Yekaterina Luksha, Forum Supervisor: “The most important thing for me is that the kids were able to speak out. Everything assembled here was assembled with their own hands, with their participation. I would say, what we have done, we have done well, wholeheartedly, and conscientiously. It seems to me that our expectations have been implemented: the audience enjoyed the format, and the whole thing turned out to be really cool! This was the very first time we did something like this, and it was jolly good, to my mind!

Bloggers’ Parlour

The Bloggers’ Parlour was organised at MIEF for the first time. The event brought together the major opinion leaders in the field of education and upbringing of the young generation.

Professional psychologists and experts touched upon the issues concerning children’s interaction with the Internet and the importance of the psychologist’s job in the contemporary world. Leaders of educational projects had a discussion on education in the centre and in non-metropolitan areas, the latest trends in education, and the secrets of success in business, career, and life in general. Such problems as choosing one’s profession, taking the state exams, and getting college admission were also covered.

Irina Muromtseva, TV and radio host: “One’s mission in life and self-fulfillment are of vital importance for every single person. The parents should start thinking about their child’s future from its early years. The preschool period is the most efficient time for finding out what the child likes and what its best aptitudes are.”

Kseniya Bezuglova, President at Vozmozhno Vse (‘Anything is Possible’) charitable foundation: “Education is not limited to years, days, or other frameworks, as a goal-oriented person pursuing its goal throughout its whole life, is also learning throughout its whole life.”

Larisa Verbitskaya, Merited Artist of the Russian Federation: “Supplementary education is filled with specific and realistic subjects. This is a means of social mobility and the most accessible way to achieve professional growth, as it facilitates the employee’s meeting the requirements of the employer and moving up the career ladder.”

Presentation of Rural Schools Experience

In addition to that, the Presentation of Rural Schools Experience project was introduced today, with experts discussing the achievements of rural schools and the problems they face, their development drivers, and survey findings concerning the implementation of Russian Rural Schools national project.

Nikolay Makhnev, Project Moderator: “Excellent reports have been delivered by the participants, among them principals of rural schools and board experts; the approach is highly professional, and, above all, there is an understanding of what to do with the rural schooling”.

Interaction of Russian schools, positioning of a rural school as a social entrepreneur, and federal funding of rural schools for the purpose of implementation of various projects were chosen as the main development drivers.

The School of Today Special Education Models

Inclusion is inevitably affecting all the aspects of the educational process and entails sweeping changes in the educational system in general. The experts discussed during the event why “challenged” pupils were not to be afraid of, and found out what system-level changes are to be expected at school within the framework of special education.

Irina Rybina, Session Moderator: “We simulate certain teaching situations. The resulting model must allow for comprehensive organisation of the educational environment in such a way that a child learns successfully and has personal and social achievements alongside that. Our major task is to make the prospects visible for the teachers and to tell them how they can push the envelope of a particular template.”

Creative Methods for Teachers

During the event, the experts talked about the purpose why the teachers should develop their creative skills, what methodologies they can apply, and how the school construction set can be useful here.

Ivan Dyachenko, Creative Director at Iskra school: “We perceive creative methodology as the operating system of one’s thinking. In our working with the educational market, we try to implement creative methods at schools. We do so first of all for the teachers to know them; secondly, for us to be able to come and educate the kids, and, thirdly, to open the door for some exciting extracurricular project-based activities. Introduction and development of the currently lost culture of invention is a very important impetus.

Establishing the Image of a Homeroom Teacher

Parents, homeroom teachers, school principals, and students were creating the new homeroom teacher’s image at the event. The speakers concluded that a school could not develop without the development of its teachers. The homeroom teacher must be more than just a supervisor and administrator, but also a friend, a coach, an role model, and a motivating person.

Albina Sugrobova, Session Moderator, Head of Children’s Corporate Programmes Division at the Design Thinking Center: “I am not a homeroom teacher but I’d like to share my moderator’s experience with today’s teachers.” This will help to take a complicated situation to pieces and resolve it.”

The Parents and the Nursery School: Demands, Expectations, Result

During the project session, the representatives of the professional community spoke a lot about openness, about the thorough work needed for a successful dialogue between a parent and a nursery school, and about the importance of this dialogue’s being supported by the authorities and regulatory bodies.

Yekaterina Svoyekoshinova, Event Moderator: “The result we want to arrive at is an efficient environment for interaction, where a parent, acting in cooperation with the educational institution, would be able to establish and maintain the right form of education for its child along the whole educational path.

Awards Ceremony for the Exhibitors

On April 12, the annual awards ceremony for the Fair’s exhibitors was held. The commemorative medal and the honourable title of the Best MIEF-2019 Exhibitor were awarded to Prosveshcheniye Group of Companies, Rossiyskiy Uchebnik Corporation, LEGO Education, Moscow Pedagogical State University, the Art Industry Market Participants Association, and others.