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Roscongress Foundation and CONTACT Centre Signed Cooperation Agreement for Social Projects

13 September 2022
Фонд Росконгресс и Центр «КОНТАКТ» подписали соглашение о сотрудничестве в области социальных проектов

On 12 September 2022, the Roscongress Foundation and the St. Petersburg State-Financed Institution ‘City Centre for Social Programmes and Prevention of Asocial Youth Disorders CONTACT’ (CONTACT Centre) signed an agreement on the joint implementation of the socially-oriented School Friend project. Alexander Stuglev, CEO of the Roscongress Foundation, and Pavel Goryunov, Director of the CONTACT Centre, signed the agreement.

The agreement is aimed at developing the School Friend project, created by the Roscongress Foundation in 2021 to support school education for children and teenagers in difficult life situations. The initiative promotes social adaptation and successful mastering of the school curriculum with subsequent preparation for the Unified State Exam (USE) and Single State Exam (SSE). During the existence of the School Friend project, volunteers have conducted more than 3,000 hours of classes, and the geography of the project has gone far beyond St. Petersburg and the north-west of the Russian Federation. Since August 2022, a hotline has been in operation to provide detailed information on the opportunities offered by the School Friend project.

As part of the signed agreement, the Roscongress Foundation will engage volunteers – students of higher education institutions – to organize and conduct classes with the children of the CONTACT Centre in the main subjects on the school curriculum. Working together on the project will contribute to the city’s initiatives to prevent juvenile delinquency and protect the rights of minors. The set of project activities will give children and young people support in difficult situations and help them to acquire education and adaptation skills to social life.

“This agreement is of a consolidating nature, which will allow us to join forces in solving the problem of the adaptation of teenagers with deviant behaviour in St. Petersburg. It is important that our School Friend project gained attention and now the work is being embedded together with interested organizations, which will help us to achieve better results,” says Maria Kiseleva, Deputy CEO of the Roscongress Foundation, Head of the Participant Directorate.

“Under this agreement, together with the Roscongress Foundation, we will help the students of our centre to master the school curriculum and work on their grades and prepare for the USE and SSE. They are a prerequisite for further education, and therefore for effective interaction with society. The children who find themselves in difficult circumstances need the support and assistance of volunteers to help them get an education and understand their place in life,” said Pavel Goryunov, Director of the CONTACT Centre.