On Russian schools

eer4Even though I have not done that much, I really love going to schools to speak about EVS and our country. My 2017 resolution will be: promote more EVS in schools. ( I know Russians are not really into that kind of resolutions) However – last year – we did go a few times to universities and gymnasiums. I also have randomly wandered in some of them. There are some weird things I have noticed.

It feels like you are entering to top secret place or a prison!

Even though the pupils are most welcoming, kindest and warmest people ever, it is not the first expression that greets you. First you have the pass security gates and angry receptionist or security guard, who both address you in a manner that is easily translated like this : “ hey LITTLE IDIOT, WHERE THE HELL ARE YOU GOING? WHO ARE YOU? WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR ? GO AWAY, LITTLE IDIOT!” Our problem was always that those gates scared us, and we really looked foreign and that we had no idea what we were doing there. That is why we were really grateful, if our host saved us with golden words:
They are guests.”

Russian children know what do when terrorists come!

As terrorism is a big concern all over Russia, one can notice x-rays, dogs, policemen in every bus and train station and airports. In St. Peter I saw them also in crowded monuments and public places. I already had forgotten about the Beslan school siege in 2004. I was reminded about that when I was in House of Pioneers in Krasnoyarsk and saw a poster that taught children standard procedure, if the terrorists would attack. For countries like Estonia, this seems totally unheard and alien but here it is normal.

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Russian students study on Saturdays

At least in Estonia only non-stationary students study at weekends. Here everyone does that. I always thought that Russians must be smarter than us. When I compare them with my country, it seems they just study faster. In Estonia, our gymnasium consists of 12 grades, here it is 11. My Russian host family told me that three years ago they used to have 10 classes.

Russian girls are smarter than boys so they need their own school..

This is what my female student said – not me! She goes to all-female school. There are two of such in Siberia, one in Krasnoyarsk. I personally thought that the idea behind that was to keep boys away from seducing the girls. But my student explained the real reason. As I understood that young girls develop much faster, so they need separate space. Since Svetlana is faster genius than Andrei, she needs to go to school with Aljena and Nastja only. My female student speaks many languages already fluently and sometimes knows much more than me. I am 10 years older than her. It really seems that women develop much faster. What I find interesting is that their schedule is also longer than in normal schools. Some days the lessons start at 08.00 and finish 18.00.

As I understood in female school there is more emphasis on the humanities and languages, but also on knitting, cooking and feminine skills. Ladies also learn etiquette and dancing.

Vene koolidest

Isegi kui ma pole seda väga palju teinud, armastan käia koolides EVS reklaamimas. Tegelikult peaks see olema vabatahtlike põhitöö, aga meil on keelte õpetamine saanud esikoha. 2017 püüan aga tublim olla ja käia rohkem. Seniks aga meenutan natuke senist kogemust.

Vene kooli sisenemine on nagu vanglasse minek.

Olgu tegemist ülikooli või keskkooliga, alati on vastas turvaväravad, väga vihane turvamees ja õiendav admistraatori mutt. Kõikide energialt peegeldub mõtteavaldus, et mida sina, jobukakk, siit tahad? Eriti veel siis, kui tuiad nõutu näoga ringi ja ei oska olla ega astuda. Tihti pidime prantsuse vabatahtlikuga ootama ja tunnistama, kuidas meid turvamees või admistraator välja ajada tahtsid. Õnneks päästsid meid õpetajad. Kui ma kunagi peaks vene tite saama, siis saab ta ainult koduõppet.

Vene lapsed teavad, mida teha terrorismi korral

Tuiasin üks päev ühes kunstikoolis ja märkasin teadetetahvlit: kuidas käituda terrorismi korral. Pildil olid kamoflaaažis pahad, püstolid käes ja lapsed pantvangis. Järjekorras oli toodud ära soovitatavad käitumismudelid. Venemaale tulles märkab inimene kohe kõrgendatud valvet avalikes kohtades nagu bussijaamad, vaksal, populaarsemad pargid ja vaatamisväärsused. Peterburi ja Moskva on politseinike, koeri, x-ray röntgeneid täis. Krasnojarskis olles sain teada, et ka koolides kardetakse terroriste. Mõtlesin miks, kuniks tuli meelde Beslani koolikriis 2004. aastal.

Venelased õpivad ka laupäeval

Nii mu vene pereliikmed kui ka tuttavad on tihti laupäeval koolis. Ma arvasin, et venelased on meist kõvasti targemad seepärast. Tegelikult õpitakse vist kiiremini niimoodi. Sest meil Eestis on 12. klassi, Saksamaal pid üldse 13. klassi gümnaasiumis olema. Kui ma õigesti tean, oli Nõukogude Eestis samuti 11. klassi. Meie vanemad said kiiremini targemaks.

Vene tüdrukud on targemad

Krasnojarskis asub üks kahest ainult tüdrukutele mõeldud koolidest. Minu üks inglise keele õpilane käib selles koolis. Kui mina arvasin, et selle kooli mõte oli hoida Andreid Svetlana seelikusabast eemal, siis mu õpilane ei nõustunud.Tema väitis, et tüdrukud kasvavad üles ja arenevad kiiremini, seepärast on neil parem omakeskis olla. Siinkohal meenub mõtteavaldus, et sa oled viis inimest, kellega end ümbritsed. Selleks, et Svetlana kiiremini areneks, on tal vaja Nastja kõrval istuda, mitte kiruda, et Anton on ikka veel kuidagi aeglane! Tüdrukute koolis keskendutakse rohkem humanitaar-ainetele, tehakse käsitööd ja kokkamist. Samuti õpitakse etiketti. Koolis kantakse koolivormi. Minu jaoks oli üllatav see, et vahepeal kestavad tüdrukute koolipäevad kaheksast hommikul kuueni õhtul. Kui peaksin vene tütre saama, paneksin ta sinna kooli! Tüdruk saab geeniuseks ja Andrei ei saa seelikusabast kinni haarata!

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