Andrei Belyaninov: “At Any Age, Children should be treated as Citizens of the Country and the World”

02/06/2023 18:14

On June 1, on the International Children's Day, the IV International Children's Congress opened its work in Moscow. This is a global initiative that brings together a number of international and Russian public organizations, authoritative representatives of culture, science and education. This year, Russia, as the host country, is hosting 120 delegates, these are children aged 5 to 14 from Uzbekistan, Belarus, Mongolia, Kenya, Uganda, China, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Djibouti, Syria, the Sultanate of Oman, Botswana, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, India, Egypt and other countries. The regions of Russia are also represented.

The rich program of the Congress is dedicated to the efforts of society to educate a new generation in the spirit of respect for traditional moral imperatives, consists of cultural, educational and expert events and will last in the Russian capital until June 3. As part of the opening of the Congress, a press conference was held with the participation of its co-organizers - Secretary General of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly, member of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO Andrey Belyaninov, Co-Chairman of the General Council of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly, Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO Alexandra Ochirova and President of the Public Movement "International Children's Congress » Vladimir Vikyu.

In his speech, the Secretary General of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly Andrei Belyaninov noted that today it is extremely important that our children - both in Russia and in the whole friendly world - have a happy childhood and a prosperous future.

“At any age, even from infancy, children should be treated as citizens of their country and the world as a whole. So that they look to the future with confidence. We got what we got. They should be happy that they live here, in a particular city, country,” Andrey Belyaninov emphasized.

The Secretary General of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly recalled how, as a child, he starred in the feature film "Children of Don Quixote" in 1965 and in one of the scenes stood with friends at the American embassy in Moscow. Then, to the question of a policeman who approached them, what they were doing here, he answered not just like a Soviet child, but like a Soviet citizen: “We are waiting for the most important ambassador and we want him to give freedom to blacks.”

“Look how much knowledge we had in the field of strategic perspective," said Andrey Belyaninov commenting on that remarkable episode. According to him, today it is necessary to revive this quality in young people, to instill in them a conscious attitude to the processes that take place in the global world.

In response to a question from Regions of Russia: National Priorities magazine about the regional dimension of the Children's Congress, the Secretary General of the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly expressed his belief that “of course we should not get locked on the capital city dwellers. It may sound banal, but Moscow is not Russia, Paris is not France, and London is not England: capitals all over the world have their own separate lives. And to experience the delights of a country, you have to go to the regions. I am sure, it will be homelier there,” Andrei Belyaninov commented. The Secretary General of the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly added that the organizers have plans to expand the program of the International Children's Congress and hold its events in the regions. But the implementation of this idea requires a greater willingness of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation to get involved in this project.

Recall that on the eve of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly it was 6 years old. As its Secretary General noted in his concluding remarks, the work of the Assembly is attracting more and more attention even beyond the borders of Greater Eurasia. Thus, members of the delegation from the capital of Peru, the city of Lima, who arrived in Moscow, proposed to open a Representative Office of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly.

At the end of the opening of the IV Children's Congress, an informal meeting was held with representatives of the diplomatic corps, educational institutions and public organizations of the participating countries, as well as a big festive concert dedicated to the International Children's Day. The leading children's groups of Russia, soloists and ensembles from the countries that came to the children's congress took part in it.