The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin held a meeting via videoconference with students of grades 5-7 — participants of the All-Russian competition «Big Change», who gathered at the International Children’s Center «Artek» to participate in the final of the competition.
The head of state greeted the participants of the competition and thanked them for their commitment to gaining new knowledge, skills and abilities.
You are great, that you are not afraid to test yourself, your abilities in open competition, actively participate in volunteer work, help the elderly, everyone who needs your care, get involved in educational projects, which means you value friendship and mutual assistance, and you firmly know that in a good team, by joining efforts, you can always achieve more , — said the President.
Vladimir Putin also stressed that the «Big Change» gives the younger generation many opportunities to understand and reveal their strengths, make new friends, get acquainted with a variety of professions, specialties, and areas of activity.
The “Big Change” community, where it is not grades that are important, but the desire, the desire to develop, to move forward, is becoming larger every year. And today it unites not only schoolchildren, young people, but also educators, teachers, and very often parents, and almost always parents. I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all your mentors and, of course, congratulate the winners of the Big Change contest , — added the Head of State.
The President congratulated representatives of leading federal and regional children’s organizations on the creation of the Russian Movement of Children and Youth. In addition, the Head of State accepted the proposal of the participants to head the Supervisory Board of the movement.
A new movement appears thanks to your initiative, based on your ideas and proposals, as a public, modern, interesting space for the self-realization of every young person, teenager. You, it is you, are its co-authors, and it is up to you to decide how it will be. Communication between children and adults is important for some and for others, so I accept the offer to head the Supervisory Board of the Russian Movement of Children and Youth with pleasure. I am sure that this communication will benefit me and my colleagues who will be involved in the activities of the movement and its participants , Vladimir Putin emphasized.
He noted that for the first time schoolchildren from the Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics, as well as from foreign countries . During the conversation with the finalists, the President said that all of Russia would help the LPR and DPR, children and adults who live in these territories.
We all have weeks, months and years ahead of us to put everything in order, but we will definitely do it, — added the Head of State.
In addition, Vladimir Putin stressed that, even while being abroad, it is important to maintain love for the Motherland.
In today’s world, it is important to have a sense of belonging with one’s Motherland, with one’s history, with one’s culture. Throughout the history of mankind, difficulties always arise, but by common efforts people overcome them. I am sure that we will overcome them today too, with the success and brilliance inherent in young creative guys , — added the President.
Vladimir Putin wished the finalists success, new achievements and good luck.
Transcript of the meeting — HERE.
The Head of the Republic of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov supported the creation of the Russian Movement of Children and Youth. According to the Head of Crimea, the fact that this happened in Artek is symbolic, since the legendary children’s camp has become a symbol of a happy childhood, a symbol of hope and a dream that comes true.
Sergey Aksyonov also assured that the authorities of the Crimea are ready to provide all necessary support to the new movement at all levels and in all directions. According to Aksyonov, such a huge and friendly team of like-minded people can do everything, and the fact that the President will head the supervisory board of the movement is the key to success.
Photo: press service of the Kremlin and ICC Artek.