Thanks to the efforts of Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) and the Federal Service for Execution of Punishment (FSEP) of Russia, minor convicts participated in the 2011-2012 “Lomonosov” Olympiad for school pupils for the first time in the history of the Russian Federation. Seven residents of the Mozhaisk Educational Juvenile Colony participated in the in-absentia round of the “Lomonosov” Olympiad for school pupils, while three of them became prize-winners and were selected to take part in the regular round.
According to the final results of the Olympiad, the pupils of the Colony were awarded certificates and gifts. This project was widely covered by media and generated a considerable public interest. The first-hand experience obtained in the process of launching this unique project demonstrated the need to extend its geographic coverage.
In January 2012 the rector of the Moscow State University, academician V. Sadovnichy, proposed to the head of the Russian FSEP, colonel-general G. Kornienko, to continue the realization of the project “Start in Life” and to enhance its influence on all educational juvenile colonies in Russia. The management of the FSEP has supported the initiative of MSU.
In the 2012-2013 school year, all minor convicts of the Russian Federation received the opportunity of a distance participation in the “Lomonosov” Olympiad for school pupils through the use of information technologies. The Olympiad recorded 246 participants coming from 38 jurisdictions of the Russian Federation and competing in 14 subjects. The following jurisdictions were included: Altai Krai, Irkutsk Oblast, Krasnodar Krai, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Kurgan Oblast, Lipetsk Oblast, Moscow Oblast, Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, Perm Oblast, Pskov Oblast, Rostov Oblast, Ryazan Oblast, Samara Oblast, Sakhalin Oblast, Chelyabinsk Oblast, the Republic of Khakassia, etc.
Following the examination of the submitted works, the organization committee of the Olympiad awarded money prizes, certificates and memorable gifts to the winners and participants. The director of the FSEP of the Russian Ministry of Justice, colonel-general G. Kornienko, addressed to the rector of Lomonosov MSU, V. Sadovnichy, an official letter. In this letter he expressed his gratitude for providing the pupils of secondary general education schools (evening or sessional) at educational juvenile colonies with the opportunity to participate in the in-absentia round of the 2013 “Lomonosov” Olympiad for school pupils. He also confirmed his interest in a continued realization of the project “Start in Life” in subsequent school years.
According to G. Kornienko, “the participation of minor convicts in this kind of events helps to reintegrate them successfully into the society and stimulates the increase of their educational level.”
In the 2013-2014 school year, 258 pupils from 27 jurisdictions of the Russian Federation competed in 22 subjects at the “Lomonosov” Olympiad for school pupils in the category “Start in Life”. These jurisdictions included Altai Krai, Irkutsk Oblast, Krasnodar Krai, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Kurgan Oblast, Lipetsk Oblast, Tomsk Oblast, Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, Perm Oblast, Pskov Oblast, Rostov Oblast, Ryazan Oblast, Samara Oblast, Sakhalin Oblast, Omsk Oblast, the Republic of Dagestan, etc.
Subject Interests of the Participants in the Project “Start in Life”
Notes: HRSS – History of the Russian State System
IRG – International Relations and Globalistics
MMM – Mechanics and Mathematical Modelling
Age Distribution of the Participants in the Project “Start in Life”