19 October / 2020

The Trans-Ural region now has a "Good Deeds System"

On October 17, the strategic session "Good Deeds System—Kurgan" ended in the Trans-Ural region. It was attended by over 100 students of the Kursk State University, the Kursk State Agricultural Academy, the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration under the President of the Russian Federation, as well as vocational training institutions. The session became a starting point for the "Sistema FEST" charity festival. The festival was organized by Sistema Charitable Foundation (SCF), which manages the social investments of Sistema PJSFC, Sintez OJSC, one of the largest pharmaceutical enterprises in Russia (Sistema PJSFC and Nacimbio, a holding company of the Rostec State Corporation, are its shareholders), and the Kurgan State University with support from the Government of Kurgan Oblast.

The strategic session was held online. Such a format allowed the gathering of young people from Kurgan and the whole region, as well as experts from various Russian cities. During the opening of the session, the floor was given to the organizers of the project: Anna Chechik, SCF Development Director, Nadezhda Dubiv, Rector of the Kurgan State University, and Tatyana Fedchenko, HR and Organizational Development Director at Sintez OJSC. The participants also heard an address by Ivan Khlebnikov, Deputy Director of the Department of Education and Science of Kurgan Oblast.

On October 16, the first day of the session, the students picked the issues that they deemed most problematic for the region—environmental concerns and cultural and recreational infrastructure. Among the issues related to development, young people also mentioned the improvement of yards and urban areas and creating an accessible environment for people with disabilities.

The organizers divided the participants into 10 groups. Each group had an expert to work with. The experts helped the students draft social projects and calculate the amount of funds needed for their successful implementation. The experts at the strategic session included business leaders, representatives of NGOs, social entrepreneurship mentors, and advisors.

On October 17, the second day of the session, the students tried their hand at social design, presented their ideas in the format of pitches, and answered the experts' questions. Out of seven projects presented by the participants, four dealt with environmental issues: waste recycling, water treatment, and the launch of an awareness-raising campaign for youth. The students also presented projects to protect stray animals, build sports grounds, increase legal awareness, and support families affected by diabetes.

The "Sistema Fest" charity festival gathers the best social practices of Sistema CF and the Foundation's partners in the fields of education and culture. A grant competition, the next stage of the festival, starts on October 19. All strategic session participants as well as residents of the region aged 18 to 30 qualify for the competition. You can apply on the Sistema CF website and in the "Sistema Fest" official VKontakte group until November 18. Organizers will name the winners on December 3, after which the participants will proceed to implement their projects.