An invitation to the future was received by participants in the strategic session of the Metalloinvest Healthy Child program, which was held in Gubkin on November 8.
True, before thinking about the beautiful, far away, the audience traveled in the past, remembering how the program began and went in the city of miners.
So it was yesterday
Lenta Vremeni transferred the participants to 2013, the year of the start of the grant competition for the Healthy Child program in the Gubkin territory. All together they remembered how they exchanged delegations with Zheleznogorsk (this is the city-debutant of the project), how they were inspired and … started: the first seminars, getting to know social design, implementing ideas. I started the program in a kind of brave step: if it all started with 13 projects, of which only one got “access” to implementation, then in the next year, 2014, 23 developments were initiated and implemented. A year later, program participants from all cities of Metalloinvest's presence gathered for the first large-scale conference, and two later in the piggy bank of projects appeared works related to the socialization of children with autism and disabilities. In 2018, the first non-profit organization (NPO) began working in Gubkin and, in addition, kindergartens began to actively introduce creative, sports “unions”, realizing ideas on joint platforms. Over the years, there have been a lot of publications, several books, 147 projects and hundreds of participants. And most importantly – these projects have helped and are helping to take care of the health of children.
It will be tomorrow
All of the above indicates that the program "shot", and the volley was effective, productive and in demand.
“In Gubkin, the Healthy Child project is one of the most important, we created a special atmosphere and a platform where all interested parties jointly propose and implement ideas for preserving the health of children,” said Andrei Zamula, head of the external social programs group at Lebedinsky GOK.
147 projects initiated as part of the Healthy Child program since 2013 in Gubkin
Photo: Alexander Belashov Figure
the share of children in the first group of health increased 1.5 times during the implementation of the Healthy Child program in the Gubkinsky territory. At the same time, the number of days missed by children due to illness decreased by 12%.
A lot has been said about yesterday, and a strategic session was devoted to the future. In the format of informal communication, its participants looked for answers to three questions: how the program is developing here and now, where we would like to be and how to get there. During the discussion of prospects, many suggestions were made. The most interesting and rational will be continued, will be implemented.
The session participants discussed the development prospects of the Healthy Child program
Photo: Alexander Belashov
– Our team annually takes part in the program, and projects are aimed at helping children with disabilities and mental retardation. We work with kids from short stay groups, and with our pupils. Much has been done, but there are still a lot of glorious things that we spoke about at the strategic session, ”said Olga Chernikova, a speech therapist at kindergarten No. 40 Veselinka.
Igor Belousov, deputy head of the administration for social development, also said about the significance of the program for the city:
– We see that the Healthy Child program is successful, so I wish all its participants new interesting ideas and good projects.
“Healthy Child” is one of the main social programs of Metalloinvest in Gubkin Photo: Alexander Belashov
By the way, the strategic session of one of the main social programs of Metalloinvest in Gubkin was held for the first time. Before that, similar meetings were in Zheleznogorsk and Stary Oskol, and everything ended in Novotroitsk.
Kirill Tsikun, Director of the Department of Social Policy of Metalloinvest Management Company:
—During the existence of the Healthy Child program, a community of proactive, caring people has formed that implements unique and useful projects. We see that it is ready to become a real partner of Metalloinvest. The role of the company is not so much in being a leader, but in supporting. The goal of the strategic session is to determine how we will continue to live within the framework of the program; this is feedback for constructive work.
Olga Bessolova, program methodologist:
– The main success of the “Healthy Child” is precisely in the fact that the program taught teachers, parents and doctors to understand each other and work on childhood problems together. You are excellent experts, a strong united team! And now, when we reflect on the future of the program, I want to quote Leo Tolstoy, who was one of the first to express the idea that there is no future: we are creating it.