Results of the work of the Council for Youth Policy in the NCFD, where the main problem is social withdrawal of the youth, absence of prospects and a high level of influence of fundamentalist religious ideas, were presented in Pyatigorsk.
Recalling the recent conflict between parents and the school administration in Stavropol, the plenipotentiary envoy of the president in the NCFD, Alexander Khloponin, expressed the view that school remains a secular institution, where demonstration of religious identity is unacceptable. “The Russian state is a secular state which really respects the religions of all our citizens, but secular institutions have to remain secular,” Khloponin said. He stated the need for separation of secular and religious education and noted that in the country, including the North Caucasus, many Orthodox schools, Muslim madrasas, and Jewish heders are being opened. And if parents want their children to get religious education and develop under traditions of the family and their peoples, they can send their children to religious schools in their spare time.
Protecting secular education, the envoy presented himself as a conservative. This step prevents deeper penetration of religion into school (not only Islam), but encourages construction of new madrasas. This leads to a new danger – nobody knows how the education process can be controlled there.
Stavropol Territory causes concerns for the Security Council secretary, Nikolai Patrushev. Recently he has stated that Stavropol remains one of the most explosive regions of the NCFD on the grounds of inter-ethnic relations, especially among young people.
However, according to Khloponin, the regional committee on youth affairs does a lot for development of the region, for young Stavropol people to find their places within the concept of the state youth policy in Russia’s constituents included in the NCFD by 2025.
Of course, the Caucasus has problems along with penetration of religion into schools. Socialization of young people and their adaptation to a peaceful life in contemporary Russia is prevented by the high unemployment rate. However, the situation is slowly changing for the better.
A decrease in the unemployment rate is encouraged by federal programs, which have been fully implemented. At the same time, Khloponin criticized the indifference and passivity of the regional authorities in working with young people who look forward to take part in federal programs. Financial support will be provided to the regions where the work on settlement youth problems is being implemented, the vice-premier said, adding that some projects need additional investments and they will get them.
Khloponin believes that the reason why young people accept radical views and extremist ideas is the restraint of the youth in ethnic-clan societies and the absence of bilateral cooperation with the world. The envoy is ready to fight this problem through mass youth arrangements and voluntary work. The Caucasian forum Mashuk contributes to the achievement of this goal and shows the efforts being made by the young people of the Caucasus to integrate into the country’s life, inter-ethnic and inter-religious cooperation.
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