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Russia is our common home

Date of material placement: 20-12-2013, 19:46.

The II Stavropol Forum of the Global Russian People’s Council has started at the North-Caucasus Federal University. The special guests at the opening ceremony and the plenary session were Presidential Envoy Alexander Khloponin; Deputy Chair of State Duma Sergey Zheleznyak; acting Governor of Stavropol Region Vladimir Vladimirov; Metropolitan of Stavropol and Nevinnomyssk Kirill; Rector of NCFU Alina Levitskaya, and many scientists, artists, and members of NGOs. The audience, in turn, brought together hundreds of people from all Russian regions including the Republics of the North Caucasus.

The theme of the Council, as defined by Metropolitan of Stavropol and Nevinnomyssk Kirill, is raising generations with a high level of patriotism and morals – "The Caucasus is part of the Russian civilization, and the presence of Russians here is a guarantee of stability. We have to talk openly about the serious issues we are facing here – family crisis and devaluation of the concept of marriage”.

Alexander Khloponin greeted everyone at this event, which is of importance not for the entire region alone yet for whole Russia. Authorities, NGOs, and clericals have come together to discuss questions related to educating and raising the youth, which is already subject to numerous other activities and events held during the year (Youth Forum Mashuk; I Forum of the North-Caucasus Media; WOMAD, etc.).

Vladimir Vladimirov, Acting Governor of Stavropol Region, mentioned that the diversity of cultures, languages, and beliefs is the power of Russia, also stating that this region has always been a joint point for the peoples of the Caucasus, and this it shall remain.

The speakers noted that even though there are many destructive myths circulating around people of Russia should oppose the strange values imposed on them, and the Forum is one of the places to discuss the respective issues.

Many speeches dwelled on the fact that the core of any academic process is education, and this idea was once again developed by Rector of NCFU Alina Levitskaya, who said that "Education in the modern society is the driving force and the strengthening factor for the entire country. However the most efficient teachers are not those who just teach yet those who educate as well”.

The NCFU is Alma Mater to representatives of 86 ethnic groups coming from 41 regions of Russia and one of the strategic tasks for the University to contribute to the socio-economic development in the North Caucasus, which has the highest share of youngsters in its population and yet the highest level of unemployment compared to other parts of Russia. 88% of the NCFU graduates found employment even before finishing their studies, which is a proof to the high efficiency of the training offered here.

"One of the major objectives we are facing currently is to help every student opt for the right life values thus helping them join this single cultural space – Russia”, - Alina Levitskaya was quoted as saying.

The public was especially interested in the speech delivered by Member of Parliament Alexander Karelin (former world champion in wrestling): ‘In our environment you are always a wrestler first and only then you are a representative of a particular region or republic. I believe this is the right principle for other spheres as well. Each of us is a citizen of Russia, citizen of this country, and only then you are an ethnic Russian or a Circassian, or a Tatar. We are all different, and we are all together”.

All the speeches were different, of course, yet the major thing was shared – sense of belonging to Russia, need for keeping up traditional values – courage and responsibility, which are the values that lay basis for any family, country, and mutual respect.

This was the main idea that concluded the plenary session of the Council, after which the work went on in sections focusing on these like family, Russian state in the Caucasus, the future of the Russian people, and the role of society in education.

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