Curriculum Development

 

"Thousands of children in Russia also run away from home, usually to escape alcoholic parents who rarely try to find their offspring. Moreover, abandoned children often face abuses stateabuses in Russia‘s state-sponsored and underfunded orphanages." 

 

Sergei Blagov, "Kremlin Voices Concern Over Homeless Children," International Press Service, January 16, 2002

 

 

"When orphans finally leave state-run institutions, they suffer the damaging effects of institutionalization, and the second class status with which society labels them and which follows them the rest of their lives." 

 

Human Rights Watch

 

Some 15,000 young people graduate from state-run orphanages in Russia each year, according to the Russian Procuracy General. Within the first few years, 5,000 will be unemployed, 6,000 will be homeless, 3,000 will have criminal records, and 1,500 or 10% will have committed suicide. 

 

"One of the most dreadful things about the whole system of education and training is that the orphans (when they leave) are equipped with 'things,‘ …furniture… a little spending money… but they are not prepared for the future. They don‘t know how to make money, even how to make tea!"

 

 Moscow Orphanage Director, Human Rights Watch interview

 

From the statistics and comments above, one can see that the greatest need among the orphan population may be training to prepare them for life outside the orphanage.

 

 

We are in the initial stages of develop-ing both a 'Life Skills‘ curriculum, and the preparation and training for 'Life Skills Coaches‘ to be utilized and placed stateplaced to teach in the state-run orphanage schools as part of the educational process for ages 11-16.

 

Our plan is to pilot the program for one state one year at two of the state-run orphanages with which we work, beginning in 2012.