National WorldSkills teams visit schools in Kazan and Laishevo District of Tatarstan
Today, representatives of national teams of the WorldSkills International member countries and regions visited schools in Kazan and Laishevo District as part of the One School – One Country project.
WorldSkills International implemented the One School – One Country project in 2007 on the sidelines of the WorldSkills Competition. The goal is to encourage cultural exchange between countries, improve career guidance, and promote vocational skills.
This year, the project involves 58 educational institutions in Kazan and Laishevo District of the Republic of Tatarstan. The guests representing national teams at WorldSkills Kazan 2019 gave presentations about their countries and learned about the cultural aspects of Russia.
Simon Bartley, President of WorldSkills International said, “We are positive that One School – One Country will become an unforgettable experience for both Competition Delegates and students of Kazan schools. Firstly, they will fully embrace the atmosphere of friendship and, secondly, they will learn many new things about vocational skills development in other countries.”
“The One School – One Country exchange project is not only a cultural event. We try to show Russian school students how those who are only a few years older than them have used an opportunity to learn from best mentors, demonstrate their professional level, and won champion titles. We hope that these meetings will help the pupils decide on the profession, choose the skill they feel most attached to, and participate in the WorldSkills Juniors Competition. Our school students take part in the Russian stage annually, and this year, 12-16-year-old juniors from 13 countries will compete at the WorldSkills Competition in Kazan,” stated Alina Doskanova, Russia’s Technical Delegate at WorldSkills International.
“The One School – One Country project has a very important mission of raising awareness among school students of high-skilled occupations which are in demand both in Russia and abroad,” said WorldSkills Kazan 2019 Project Executive Emil Gubaydullin. “The children will learn about the opportunities offered by skills, and how they transform the lives of the youth in every country enabling them to unlock their potential. Moreover, skills unite communities and young professionals worldwide.”
Tomorrow, students of the participating schools will visit the 45th WorldSkills Competition at Kazan Expo to learn more about the skills.
WorldSkills Kazan 2019 kicks off today, with the Opening Ceremony at Kazan Arena. The capital of Tatarstan will welcome more than 1,300 competitors from 63 countries and regions who will compete in 56 skills. After the four competition days at Kazan Expo, the Closing Ceremony will announce winners at Kazan Arena on 27 August.
This year, WorldSkills Kazan 2019 will see an additional project on its sidelines, Future Skills.171 competitors from 16 countries will compete in 25 new skills which are in demand in the era of high-tech production and digital economy. Sectors such as Production and Engineering Technology, Agriculture, Medicine, Transportation, and Art and Design will be represented in this Competition.
WorldSkills Juniors (another project of the Competition host) will also take place at Kazan Expo, giving young competitors aged 14-16 an opportunity to show their best in 13 junior skills.
Press Office of WorldSkills Kazan 2019 Competition Organizer