#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. On the new year eve, in December, Nornickel announced its support for 114 socially significant initiatives. The grant fund of the World of New Opportunities charitable competition of social projects amounted to 154 million rubles. The projects that reached the final will be implemented in 2022–2023 in Norilsk, Taimyr, Monchegorsk, the Pechenga district of the Murmansk region, Chita and the Gazimuro-Zavodsky district of the Trans-Baikal region.
Norilsk and Taimyr residents submitted 189 applications for the competition in 2021, 65 projects became winners. The grant fund amounted to 74 million rubles. 17 projects submitted from the northern territories, are being implemented in Taimyr – in Dudinka and tundra villages.
The award ceremony for the northernmost winners of the World of New Opportunities took place on February 3 at the Norilsk College of Arts. The competition still has nine nominations. At the 69th parallel, the most popular categories this year are Future Pole, NEW Pole, Energy Pole, Revival Pole and Nature Pole. The Pole of the North category is represented by the Following the Bighorn’s Footsteps expedition.
Norilsk and its closest neighbors have many creative and educational projects, especially from schools and kindergartens. A School of Cultural Journalism will open, a Printing House for children and a Children City will be built. E-sportsmen will hold the festival, uniting with other regions of Russia.
Volunteers from the Steps center plan to create an inclusive musical, its participants will be teenagers and young people with disabilities.
“We are going to invite a team of screenwriters, actors and directors, and partly repeat the experience of the last year, when the children from the boarding school performed in the play I Have a Dream. But this time everything will be a little different and with a different audience”, said Roza Novikova, the project curator, a member of the Kindness Plant volunteer organization. “We hope to get ready by the end of autumn: there are a lot of master classes and organizational work ahead”.
“There is a strong volunteer movement in Norilsk, and we would like to follow your example”, said Tatyana Druppova, deputy head of Taimyr for education and culture. “At the same time, we are inspired by our experience and try to develop it. Our projects are related to new technologies, robotics, and ecology”.
In the Ust-Port village school, lost in the tundra, 90 kilometers north of Dudinka, two projects took grants at once, Druppova said. There are 50 pupils in the institution, 26 of them are preschoolers.
The school from the Nosok village, which also received support from Nornickel, is different in that the children’s parents mostly lead a nomadic lifestyle, which is why 250 Nosok’s little inhabitants live in a boarding school. In total, there are about 500 children in the school, the ethnic direction prevails in the educational block – the study of the languages and culture of the indigenous peoples of Taimyr.
The contestants will begin to implement most of their project plans in March-April 2022 and will continue until the spring of 2023.
Text: Marina Horoshevskaya, Photo: Nikolay Shchipko