Charitable Foundation “Opening horizons” and the Project of social adaptation and vocational guidance for adolescents “Noon” conducted a study among graduates of Russian orphanages. Most kids expect to go to College, the smaller part (1%) of graduates going to higher education.
Under Federal study data were collected on graduates in 17 regions of Russia. It turned out that 84% of respondents in orphanages opt for specialized secondary education. Most popular specialty among them was a pastry chef, followed by an auto mechanic, primary school teacher and welder. 5% of graduates choose to continue studies in the 10th grade and only 1% intend to pursue higher education.
The results showed that children in difficult situations are able to set goals and see their place in society. Anna Orlov, General Director of the charitable Foundation “Opening horizons” emphasizes the need for educational programs, socialization and vocational guidance. In 2015 the Foundation has launched several charity programs aimed at the socialization and professional orientation of pupils of children’s homes. During this period more than 1000 children participated in programs of the Fund.
Olga Timur, psychologist of the project for social adaptation and vocational guidance for adolescents “Noon”, believes that in many respects the view that children’s homes are not committed to education, is stereotyped. Common common misconception: if children abandoned by their parents, then something in them, they are not able to learn due to genetics, social and other factors.
“Any person affected by three factors: biological, psychological and social. The first includes physiology and anatomy, overall health and genetics, the second is the emotional warehouse and ways of responding to external stimuli, and the third involves the cultural, socio-economic factors,” says Olga.
According to the psychologist of the project “Noon”, if the child changes social environments, with teachers beginning to work on themselves, improving their health and learning on positive examples of other adults, his / her chances not to slide down “the incline,” as one of his parents, and to achieve success in life increase dramatically.