Russia’s Ministry of Education has announced plans that will force children as young as seven to study history, part of a wider campaign to promote ‘patriotic’ education amid the war in Ukraine.
“Historical education will begin in schools from the first grade,” Education Minister Sergei Kravtsov said. mentioned at the opening of an exhibition entitled “Nazism in everyday life” which is to be presented at a national school forum, “The power is in the truth”.
“[In our teaching of history]we will never allow it [to be written] that we have somehow treated other nations – our sister nations of Ukraine and Belarus – badly. We will do everything in our power to preserve historical memory.
The plans will lower the age at which children attend compulsory history lessons by three years and see history teaching integrated into existing parts of the school curriculum.
Kravtsov also said that from September 1, schools will start each week by singing the Russian national anthem and raising the Russian flag.
Russian President Vladimir Putin also gave a speech to the participants of the forum emphasizing the importance for children to know the history of their country.
“A deep understanding of our history and a respectful and thoughtful attitude towards the great patriotic, spiritual and cultural heritage of the motherland allow us to draw correct conclusions from the past,” the Russian president said.
“Power is in Truth”, the first forum of its kind in Russia, is due to take place on the eve of May 9, the day Russia marks the anniversary of Nazi Germany’s surrender to Soviet troops in 1945.