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Schoolchildren from Russia and Qatar will take part in SPIEF Junior

28.04.2021 235 просмотров

A special youth section will be held at SPIEF 2021.

In 2021, for the first time, the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum will host the SPIEF Junior youth section, which will be attended by 200 Russian schoolchildren and 100 schoolchildren from Qatar. The concept of the program of the section was developed by the participants of the All-Russian competition "Big Change" - the project of the presidential platform "Russia - a country of opportunities".

On April 27, during a meeting with the Minister of Education of the Russian Federation Sergey Kravtsov, schoolchildren presented the concept of the program for the youth section, which they developed together with representatives of the business community and curators of educational programs for entrepreneurs. Participants of the “Big Change” offered their views on how the SPIEF Junior space should look like, what economic issues are important for teenagers to discuss at the Forum, which speakers can become guests of the section, and what the agenda of the cultural program of the » day of the Forum.

Sergey Kravtsov noted that the participation of schoolchildren in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum confirms the state's attention to the interests and needs of children and youth. “When discussing the development of the economy and the social sphere,
we must take into account that they are aimed primarily at the well-being of the future generation,”
- the minister emphasized.


The initiative to hold SPIEF Junior on the sidelines of the largest international economic event came from the Foundation for the Development of Expert and Analytical Activities "Content". The organizers and partners of the event will be the Roscongress Foundation, Enlightenment Group of Companies, Innopraktika Non-Governmental Development Institute, and the All-Russian Competition Big Change.

Director of the Content Foundation Elena Sokolova emphasized the special importance of holding SPIEF Junior: “Obviously, in order to answer the serious challenges faced by Russia and the world, fresh and bold ideas are needed. And who, if not young people, are able to offer them? That is why we came up with the concept of a unique event with the participation of bright representatives of the new generation - schoolchildren who are able to think strategically, critically evaluate and with a sincere desire to change the world. The main message of the event is to give them the opportunity to present ideas and initiatives, to express their opinion on “adult” topics”.

The selection of participants for SPIEF Junior started on April 27 in the Big Change community in social network "VKontakte". Schoolchildren will present their business start-ups and explain why they should take part in SPIEF Junior. An expert jury will select the most interesting projects that can be implemented in the near future.

The Big Change project coordinator, director of the Federal State Budgetary Institution Rospatriotcenter Natalia Mandrova noted that a community of children and  ;teenagers who are ready to prove themselves in a variety of areas: “These are talented guys who are able to think outside the box and offer very interesting solutions to truly“ adult ”problems. Therefore, it was they who became the authors of the first children's program of the largest international economic event”.

“Today's children are different from previous generations: they are open to the world and ready to learn throughout their lives. It is these guys who will develop our country and make the most important decisions. And our task now is to help, guide the guys, become reliable mentors and share valuable experience,”, emphasized Pavel Zenkovich, Vice President of the Enlightenment Group of Companies.

According to Natalia Popova, First Deputy General Director of Innopraktika, for the development of society and the economy, it is necessary to solve a number of not only technological, but also social and educational tasks: “In the age of high speeds, cooperation and cooperation of all generations united by common values is important. Generation Z is the first "digital" generation for which there is no world without high technologies. It is this generation that will replace today's specialists. I hope that SPIEF Junior will become a space of choice for the generation of the future, where it is possible not only to acquire knowledge, but also to take an active and constructive part in modeling possible socio-economic transformations”.


The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) is a unique event in the world of economics and business . SPIEF has been held since 1997, and since 2006 it has been held under patronage and with the participation of the President of the Russian Federation.

< i>Over the past years, the Forum has become the world's leading platform for communication between business circles and discussion of key economic issues facing Russia, emerging markets and the world as a whole.

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The dates of the XXIV St. Petersburg International Economic Forum are June 2-5, 2021. Tracks of the business program will traditionally be devoted to issues of the global and Russian economy, social issues and technology development.

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