"Altyn Iul" ("Golden Way") Project
In 2007-2008 "ACME" implemented
the "Altyn Yul" ("Golden Way") project, which included making
a DVD with 13 videos and a Manual on moral education for children, junior youth
and youth, as well as conducting training seminars for teachers, psychologists
and social workers in the Republic of Tatarstan. 23 training workshops were
conducted in five cities of Tatarstan for over 1,000 people; each participant
received a kit with a DVD and a Manual, as well as the Certificate of the
“Altyn Yul” Trainer.
Program was approved by the
State Council and the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Tatarstan
and recommended for implementation in 26 secondary schools. The goal of the
"Altyn Yul" ("Golden Way") program is to promote development
and strengthening of moral principles of children, junior youth and youth,
promote crime prevention, help to increase social maturity of junior youth and
youth, to develop skills of peacemaking and conflict resolution in a positive constructive
way, promote atmosphere of interethnic and interreligious peace and
understanding in the society, to promote high culture and language skills, help
adopting healthy lifestyle, to promote unity in families as well as help
developing positive social mindset, acquire tolerance, psychological stability
and readiness for stressful situations.
The program consists of a
series of interactive sessions on the most critical issues of children, junior
youth and youth. Each lesson includes demonstration of the video illustrating
the problem, followed by a meaningful discussion, which is focused on a
creative search for a positive constructive way of solving the problem.
Main topics of the lessons are
relevant moral-ethical categories such as "Respect in the Family",
"Being Law-Abiding”, “Fulfilling One’s Civic Duty", "Respecting
One’s Mother Tongue and Culture", "Diligence", "Truthfulness",
"Being a Loving Person", "Interethnic and Interreligious Peace”,
as well as opposing such negative phenomena as "Drug Addiction",
"Alcoholism", "Behavior Leading to Crime,"
The "Altyn Yul"
("Golden Way") program has been successfully tested in 29 educational
institutions of the Republic of Tatarstan and received positive feedback from
the Departments of Education of Kazan and Almetyevsk, as well as the scientists
and NGOs of Tatarstan.
program uses innovative approaches in school pedagogy:
Analysis and modeling of conflict situations;
Dramatization and emotionalization of experiences through the drama;
- 3. Positive
constructive approach to conflict situations;
- 4. Development
of collective thinking skills, the ability to consult;
- 5. Emphasis
on morality and ethics;
- 6. Systematic
structured approach, regularity and sustainability of the project.
features of the program, ensuring its effectiveness and attractiveness for
young generation are:
Vivid emotionally attractive character due to the presence of a video skit;
- 2. Highly
dynamic character and compliance with the modern trends of life of a young
- 3. Usage
of techniques accessible for teachers and social workers;
- 4. Wide
coverage of students of all ages;
- 5. Possibility
of involving parents in the discussion of the topics;
- 6. Mastering
the skills of positive conflict resolution by the students;
- 7. Learning
essence of moral and ethical categories by the students;
- 8. Acquiring
positive behavior models by the students;
Low cost of the kit for schools;
- 10. Regularity
of lessons and sustainability of the project as a whole.
Feedback from the training
participants on the effectiveness of the program:
- Gulnaz Elinson, Assistant Professor, Psychology and Pedagogy Chair, State
Institute of Municipal Service in Almetyevsk:
- Such lessons are vital for the
youth. Interactive session is an effective communication experience; it is a means
for understanding difficult life situations, it nurtures the ability to look at
the problem with different eyes. Today it is crucial to raise the awareness in the
society. There is a wonderful saying: "Save yourself, and thousands will
be saved". I believe that if even one child of those present at these
lessons benefited from them, then this will spread to others!
- Ellie Alendukova, Deputy Director of the Starosurkinskaya secondary school:
- Forms and methods chosen for
this project comply with the age and psychological peculiarities of junior
youth. The program is highly focused on the development and strengthening of
moral principles of children. Knowledge they receive at the lessons help them resolve
conflict situations in the best and positive way. “Altyn Yul” lessons are
focused on communication and speech skills, children learn to listen, analyze,
which is an integral part of their mental development at this stage.
- Roza Vorobey, Deputy Director of the Novo-Mikhaylovskaya secondary school:
- Interesting new form of
extracurricular work, it helps to feel the “breath” of the students, understand
what are they, how they get out of difficult situations. It gives the opportunity
to the students to open up, feel comfortable and relaxed.
- Sania Yumagulova, Deputy Director of the Almetyevsk secondary school №10:
- “Altyn Yul” lessons are very
interesting interactive events. Such debates give children the opportunity to express
their opinion, to establish their point of view. They learn not only to speak
but also to listen to the opinion of their peers. Their opinion is to be heard
and, therefore, they will draw lessons for themselves. For teachers this is
another opportunity to become better acquainted with their students and get to
know them better.
- Natalia Kotenevskaya, psychologist, Almetyevsk secondary school №6:
- “Altyn Yul” lessons contribute
to the development of interpersonal relations of junior youth, and to the
ability to freely express their feelings, thoughts and opinions. I would love
to use this methodology in my work, as nowadays children live in the atmosphere
of "vacuum" concerning moral education which needs to be filled.
- Olga Gavrilova, psychologist, Centre of Psycho-Pedagogical Support for Children
and Youth of the city of Almetyevsk:
- I am very interested in this
methodology. It was a real pleasure to see how actively children, psychologists
and lawyers have involved in the deep and meaningful conversation. It is a way
to learn a lot both for children and for teachers.
- Aigul Akhmadieva, Deputy Director, Almetyevsk College №1 named after Riza
- “Altyn Yul” methodology contributes
to the development of active social position of students, helps to expand their
mind horizons. Holding these lessons regularly and systematically, perhaps we
can help to solve certain problems existing in the educational process at
- Igor Bugaev, senior teacher, Chair of Psychology and Pedagogy, State
Institute of Municipal Service in Almetyevsk:
- This informal methodology is
very attractive, it teaches children to express their opinion and correct their
attitudes. Students participate actively. Topics used are relevant for all
ages, views expressed by children are very important.
- Rania Rakhmankulova, psychologist, Almetyevsk secondary
- These interactive lessons highly
inspire activity and full participation of the students. I was happy to witness
students speak about their feelings, express their opinion, analyze the characters
in the skits, think about consequences of the events and draw conclusions. By
their statements we can conclude about formation of their civic responsibility,
their growing maturity. I liked the form of active dialogue between students
and adults (parents, teachers, psychologists), which will, I hope, help to
remove the "parents vs. children" problem, to improve relationships
between teachers and students.
Teachers who participated in
testing the "Altyn Yul" (“Golden Way”) methodology have noted the
importance of the civil and ethic education of youth. They were encouraged to
conduct lessons using this methodology. Most of them noted the high
effectiveness of the program for children and youth as a tool for teaching
moral values, developing social competence and promoting positive ideas.
Total number of educational
institutions and organizations involved in testing of the "Altyn
Yul" (“Golden Way”) methodology – 29.
Total number of students
participating in testing of the "Altyn Yul" (“Golden Way”)
methodology – 1546.