In schools in Vladivostok, children are told about Western sanctions and the benefits of import substitution

In March-April, schools and lyceums in Vladivostok began to hold “Lessons of Courage” dedicated to a special military operation in Ukraine. During the “Heroes of Our Time” classes, children and teenagers are told about the participants in the conflict who have been awarded state awards. And recently, classes on anti-Russian economic sanctions have been added to the agenda of patriotic education – based on their results, students will be able to conclude about the benefits of import substitution.

Vladivostok schools themselves report on the Patriotic Five Minutes, Lessons of Courage, and hours of communication on the Crimean Spring on official websites. It should be noted that not all educational institutions of the city district do so, but it is unknown how many of them actually hold patriotic classes on the relations between Russia and Ukraine. To get an answer to this question, the editorial board of VL.ru needed to send an official request to the mayor’s office, the answer to which has not yet been received.

The details of such lessons are usually not described. But, as stated on the website of the school № 1 (Balyaeva, 46), on April 1, students were told “about the courage and heroic deeds of the representatives of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation participating in the special operation.” March 31 at the primary school № 10 (Nevskaya, 5) “considered the features of the historical unity of the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol with the Russian Federation.” March 30 at the secondary school № 25 (Nikiforova, 41a) “talked about people who selflessly fight for the Motherland and even give their lives for it, as did the Russian serviceman Nurmagomed Gadzhimagomedov” (the first participant in the special operation was awarded the title of Hero of the Russian Federation). .

According to information published on school websites, the number of patriotic classes has recently increased – at least, reports of many of them appeared in early April. The topic has also expanded: recently the lesson “Anti-Russian economic sanctions and their impact on the domestic economy” was introduced into the program for grades 5-9 and 10-11.

According to Kommersant, the “sanctions lessons” are conducted according to a single methodology provided by the Ministry of Education. The material developed by the Institute for Educational Development Strategy (confirmed by the Ministry) was made available to the publication – apparently, it is also used in Vladivostok. Information on lessons on sanctions and import substitution was posted on the websites of Lyceums 3, Schools 12, 38, 56, 58 and other educational institutions.

Thus, the photo from Lyceum № 3 (Opornaya, 4) shows that, as prescribed in the methodological recommendations, the lesson began with a quote from the head of state that “Russia is under unprecedented external pressure.” Then Vladimir Putin invites teenagers to get acquainted with the resources available to the country under Western sanctions.

“Kommersant, referring to the content of the manual, points out that the teacher should talk about the meaning of the word” sanctions “: these are” restrictions designed to “punish” a country for its actions. ” Here it is necessary to clarify what “actions” are meant – “Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine, caused by the need to protect the population of Donbass.”

The manual also contains a link to a video on the benefits of import substitution. Its authors tell schoolchildren that in the 1990s and early 2000s, imported products prevailed over domestic ones. “Active advertising of foreign goods” was carried out, as well as “the idea of ​​the superiority of any imported product and the inability of Russian producers to introduce their counterparts was introduced.” But by 2022, the situation has changed dramatically, says the lecturer behind the scenes: the share of Russian products has grown in food engineering (from 12% to 45%), agricultural machinery (from 24% to 55%) and machine tools (from 18% to 38%). It is also suggested to show a lesson with data from the Ministry of Industry and Trade. It follows that since 2014 (after the annexation of Crimea) the share of Russian goods in the entire civilian nomenclature has increased many times in the field of mechanical engineering.

“The teacher together with students concludes that economic policy in recent years has been aimed at increasing the security of domestic producers, ensuring its sustainability in external crises,” – said in the lesson script.

It should be noted that in early March, the Russian Federation officially took “first place” in the world in the number of sanctions imposed on the country – at that time there were 5.5 thousand (more than Iran and North Korea). The list of companies that have partially or completely left the Russian market is expanding daily and affects a wide variety of areas of life: from catering to digital technologies.

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