Krasnodar, 24 December. Our today’s interlocutor is Nikita Dziuba, Chairperson of the Kuban Young Cossack League.
“I was brought up in a Cossack family, but the principles and values which my parents instilled in me I now find true for any ethnic group and confession of faith: respect of elders, respect of women, and preparedness to come to the rescue of those who need it.
“Volunteering has always been a priority direction of our activities. Our participation in the drive entitled ‘For the Love of Kuban Land’ serves a vivid example of it. This activity includes care of memorials, rendering doable aid to war and labour veterans and families in need, patronage over children’s homes and boarding schools, rehabilitation centres and homes for seniors. Thereby our youth try to be useful to their Fatherland and learn to work. No doubts that such activities are very important from the viewpoint of upbringing of the younger generation in patriotic spirit.
“Our League has done a lot: the number of Cossack classes and Cossack schools has increased, Cossack kindergartens have appeared; we have managed to unite unindifferent young people under our banner, and knit them together. But I want to focus my attention at vocational schools and colleges. I believe it is necessary to develop representations of the Kuban Young Cossack League at colleges and universities.
“The main task of the contest of social projects that was initiated by the League is not to differ from all other contests but to become a platform that motivates young people to study current socially important problems and to search for their solutions. I am glad that most of the participants of the contest were aimed at the rebirth of the Cossack glory. In their projects, they dwelt upon such themes as the work of outstanding yet undeservedly forgotten Cossack women, the Russian – Kuban dictionary, the restored museum of Cossack lore, etc. It is important that the youth can feel how we are losing something that is genuine Cossack landmarks, and suggested how to stop this process.
“Altogether, the judges had to assess 234 projects. The main criterion for a thesis to be chosen for live defence was the nonbanality of the theme. Of course, we were interested how the chosen theme related to Cossack affairs, what were the ways to resolve the problem, but these had to be presented in an innovative way. The live defence of the projects meant to substantiate the choice of the theme and to demonstrate their personal attitude to it.
“At present,the Kuban Young Cossack League unites over 12,000 young people. The number of educational institutions with the regional status of ‘a Cossack educational organization’ has grown – now 70 schools and 30 kindergartens have this status, and we continue to work in this direction.”
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