Reindeer herders in Russia have a chance to get education!

December 16, 2014 • Alena GerasimovaBlog, ICR/WRH, Reindeer Herders

reindeerThe Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation decided to keep the profession of reindeer herder in the list of specialties in institutions of vocational education. This was recently reported by the chair of the Association of World Reindeer Herders Mikhail Pogodaev. The Ministry took this decision after receiving letters from the Association of World Reindeer Herders, the president of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) Egor Borisov and the State Assembly (Il Tumen) of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia).

We remind that this autumn the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation has taken the initiative to exclude about 100 names from the list of specialties of secondary vocational education, including the specialty entitled “technician reindeer herder”. The Association of World Reindeer Herders as an international organization which brings together more than 20 indigenous peoples of the world, engaged in reindeer husbandry, could not stay away. And due to joint cooperation we didn’t have to wait for the result for too long. Now we are pleased that reindeer herders have an opportunity to get education and become those skilled workers that are so much needed in this traditional activity today.

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