13-year-old Angelina and 15-year-old Dane from Germany can be envied by many peers. They study at home just a couple of hours a day. And then they go about their business - they play football, watch TV shows, go on tours.
6-year-old Anano and 13-year-old Achi from Georgia, on the contrary, dream of going to school, but they cannot do this because of poverty. They just have nothing to go to classes. Sevinj and Chinara from the Azerbaijani village of Gazbabaly are walking several kilometers on foot through the mountains to get to a school in the neighboring village. In winter, the road is covered with snow, and it becomes impassable.
11-graders Vanya Filimonov and Katia Zhilinskaya from Belarus every day go by train to the suburb of Minsk to get education in their native language. And 9-year-old Anna Kiku from Moldova cannot go to school because of diabetes and therefore has to study at home.
I want to tell the stories of children from Georgia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Belarus and Germany: what makes them abandon the traditional school and look for alternatives for secondary education.
Georgia. Children do not go to school because of poverty.
6-year-old Anano repeats the Georgian alphabet, which her mother taught her. She could not go to the first class in September, because the family has no money.
Achi, 13, dropped out of school about a year ago. He really enjoyed learning and playing with classmates. Achi wants to go back to school. Now he is sitting at home and helping his mother.
Anano and Achi have three brothers and sisters. Together with her mother, they live in an abandoned building in the village of the Tbilisi Electric Locomotive Plant. Gas and electricity in the house there.
“We live for weeks on empty tea, hungry, sometimes we go to bed, but children won't go outside to beg. They worry that they don’t go to school ... ”, says 41-year-old Nino Kapanadze, mother Anano and Achi.
Azerbaijan. Not all children can get to school.
Girls from the mountain village of Gazbabala - Sevinj and Chinara - go to school in the neighboring village through the mountains. The road is about 3 km long and in places looks more like a path that runs along a forest where wild animals live, including wolves and jackals. Many parents are afraid to send their children on a dangerous road, so they remain uneducated in Gazbabala, at best they finish primary school, and they don’t even know how to read and count.
Chinara Jafarova is in the sixth grade with her sister Sevindzh, who is studying in the fifth, every day she goes through this difficult and dangerous way to school. Only in winter in the snow and rain, when the road becomes impassable, they stay at home.
Belarus. Some want to get education in Belarusian
Vanya Filimonov and Katya Zhilinskaya from Minsk go to study at the Lyceum, which cannot be found on the map. As in Hogwarts, you can get there from the platform of trains, another kilometer from the station must go on foot.
The Belarusian Humanitarian Lyceum named after Yakub Kolas has been working in the underground for almost 16 years. In the cottage near Minsk all classes are held in the Belarusian language. Students here can walk in jeans and with green hair, drink water and coffee in class, have lunch right in the classroom at recess and have their own opinion. Such an approach for Belarusian secondary schools is rare. Therefore, children are ready to ride here by train every day.
To the graduates of this lyceum all the doors are open - but not in Belarus. The scholarships from Polish universities give the students without problems, they study in many universities in Europe and in the USA.
Moldova. Homeschooling is a way out for children with health problems.
A 9-year-old Anna from Moldova was diagnosed with type I diabetes at the age of three and a half. The life and health of a child depends on regular insulin intake. In Moldova, caregivers or school teachers teach individually at home only those children who have disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Anna has no such problems, but there are other needs, for example, in time to get insulin. Therefore, Anna does not go to school, but studies at home, and her teacher is her mother.
Foreign literature in grades 7-9 of Russia in many programs is allocated about five hours. In year.
Sixth grade. There is more. The support of the history of the ancient world: “Cunning Odyssey. Character and deeds "). An hour on Don Quixote (think about the birth of a European romance?) Or about a sense of humor? One joy: three hours for the "Little Prince" and "Tom Sawyer." Unlike Cervantes.
Seventh grade. Burns, Byron, Hockey, O. Henry and ... Rasul Gamzatov. (At all for an hour. Costume ball).
Eighth grade. Two hours on Shakespeare ("Romeo ..." and sonnets). Hour on Moliere (“A bourgeois in nobility”). Swift Hour and Scott Hour.
Ninth grade. Hour on Dante Alighieri. What can be done in an hour with Dante Alighieri? Two hours on Hamlet. Two hours on Faust.
In the tenth - zero. In the eleventh - zero.
Okay - Balzac, Dumas, Kafka, Stephen King, Okay - Joyce and Borges, although Remarque would read with Salinger or what Hemingway. No ... Where there are no birches, they do not write anything there and did not write.