Krasnodar, 24 December. 0+ Today our interviewee is Nikita Dziuba, Acting Chairman of the Young Kuban Cossack League.
Q.: Did the pandemic and constraints related to it affect the zeal of the Cossack youth? Did you have to reshape your work because of that?
A.: The constraints pushed us aside from face-to-face events, but they did not debar us from taking part in virtual activities, which was why we stressed the attention of our participants on such contests held remotely as a Cossack song competition, a contest of socially important projects, or a contest of creative works. In addition to that, many of our municipal branches held various events and flash mobs, in which young Cossacks would gladly participate. Their live interest to the theme on one hand and much more spare time on the other hand produced special zeal with which our young people showed their worth on the online platforms of a new type.
Q.: How diverse are the forms of activity with the members of the Young Cossack League, and what are the variants of its interaction with other young people?
A.: There are lots of them. For example, I can easily say that our regional volunteers’ activity “In the Name of the Kuban Land” that means taking care of monuments, rendering aid to veterans, families experiencing hardships, and other groups of people in need appealed not only to students of Cossack classes. Our kids try to be useful to their fatherland, they learn to work, respect elders, and be always prepared to come to the aid. Looking at their peers, students from non-Cossack classes and schools began to actively join this activity. No doubt that such work is very important from the viewpoint of upbringing of the young generation in patriotic spirit.
Q.: How many schools and kindergartens have of late been given the regional status of ‘a Cossack educational organization’?
A.: Due to the objective reasons, the interdepartmental commission has been working in a limited way this year. However, some visiting sessions to educational establishments did have is even by place, so that status has been awarded to 64 schools, which four schools more than last year. Besides, 21 kindergartens have been acknowledged as ‘Cossack educational organizations,’ compared to 17 kindergartens that got this title last year. We continue to work in this direction, and several visits have been scheduled for December, and we hope that our Cossack family will become larger owing to new schools and kindergartens.
Q.: Many activities are held with active assistance of a spiritual father. How does this phenomenon correlate with freedom of faith?
A.: I would like to stress that we are not trying to lead all kids to Christianity. When teaching spiritual subjects, the priests talk with kids about those general rules of justice and mutual respect that exist in all faiths rather than about concrete religious dogmas.
Q.: How is participation in the Cossack movement reflected upon a child’s personality?
A.: Kids become more self-disciplined, they go deep into studying the history of their homeland, receive upbringing based on Cossack traditions, which means that respect to elder people, honesty, diligence, and exemplary attitude to family members and friends get stronger in their consciousness.
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