RCE Nizhny Novgorod - 2018

Public educational program “Academy of New Faces”: Sustainable thinking and sustainable local public activity on the ground of RCE- Nizhny Novgorod
Basic Information
Title of project : 
Public educational program “Academy of New Faces”: Sustainable thinking and sustainable local public activity on the ground of RCE- Nizhny Novgorod
Submitting RCE: 
RCE Nizhny Novgorod
Contributing organization(s) : 
- Association “Nizhny Novgorod Center for Socio-Economic Expertise (interuniversity)” (NGO);
- Nizhny Novgorod State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering (NNGASU);
- Nizhny Novgorod Institute of Management – the branch of Russia Academy of National Economics and Public Administration (NIM RANEPA).
Focal point(s) and affiliation(s)
Andrey Dakhin
Organizational Affiliation: 
Nizhny Novgorod Institute of Management – the branch of Russia Academy of National Economics and Public Administration; Association “Nizhny Novgorod Center for Socio-Economic Expertise (interuniversity)”
Format of project: 
Language of project: 
Date of submission:
Additional resources: 
Contacts and sources for Universities exchange programs for students on approximately the same education programs (ecology, regional economics, public administration), informational support.
It links with educational programs: Ecology and regional economics (NNGASU); Public administration and social science (NIM RANEPA). It links with the local policy of a public art development.
At what level is the policy operating?: 
Geographical & Education Information
Nizhny Novgorod
Address of focal point institution for project: 
Gagarin avenue, 46. 603950 Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. Nizhny Novgorod Institute of Management – the branch of Russia Academy of National Economics and Public Administration.
Target Audience:
Socioeconomic and environmental characteristics of the area : 
Nizhny Novgorod city is the central agglomeration of Nizhny Novgorod region (province). It takes place on cross point of two well-known rivers on Russia: Volga river and Oka river. Nizhny Novgorod region (province) is located almost directly in the center of the European part of the Russian Federation, on the Western-European or Russian plain. It covers the territory of 76.6 thousand square kilometers with the population of 3411.0 thousand people that constitutes 2.4 per cent of the total population of Russia. The natural geological and biological landscape is about 300 thousand years old. Nizhny Novgorod city was found in 1221 and it is going to celebrate the 800 years jubilee in the coming future. During this long history Nizhny Novgorod accumulates a large cultural, social and symbolic capital that is safe by people of the local community.
Description of sustainable development challenge(s) in the area the project addresses: 
One of the challenges is related with traditions of closing industrial-and-military cities in the USSR. The project addresses toward practices of large public partnerships, transparency and collaboration activity with participation of different creative communities, students, city volunteers and municipal government. The project takes efforts for development of sustainable local public network for different kinds of creative and collaboration project activity.
September, 2018 to June, 2019
The public educational program includes yearly cycle of events during wish the several tasks are solved: public invitation and recruitment of participants and volunteers inti the year activity program of the project; public lectures on the topics of successful practices of the local civil partnerships and collaborations; workshops for creating actual creative projects for fields of ecology, tourism, public art; experts consulting sessions for the project groups; procedures of selection, developing and competition for the project groups; handing of certificates for participants and winners; promoting of selected projects toward elaboration of applications for financial support; public information support of the activity. The yearly cycle includes the following maim events: public opening event (end of September – beginning of October, 2018); public round table “Public art projects for Nizhny Novgorod agglomeration development” (November, 2018); multidisciplinary consulting session “Five Corners” (February, 2019); Public city exposition of social and public art projects “Generator- 2019” (April, 2019); public “Project offices” of the program and application processing (April – May, 2019); public losing event , finishing of the 2018-2019 cycle (June, 2019).
The main goals: sustainable thinking, project thinking, project groups activity, project collaborations, development of the local market of municipal, NGO services, development of the “civil society – municipal government” local collaboration, development of sustainable network of the local public art and local social policy, development of the “civil society – commerce business” local collaboration in the field of local social policy.
Activities and/or practices employed: 
Local public project moderation, experts conducting, consulting for local civil activists and volunteers; student’s research projects in the field of ecology, including eco-tourism; training program for sustainable thinking on the ground of technology of cognitive modeling; youth eco-project actions “Second life of plastic” on the ground of secondary school No. 47.
Size of academic audience: 
More than 1000 participants and the network followers.
During the new yearly cycle 2018-2019 it will be produced several kinds of results: - 5 public educational events: it is public lectures with topics on features of project activity and partnership; group of 60 scholars of the program: they are participants of the public lectures and project trainings; about 50 social projects, created by the scholars: one of the main task of the scholars is to discuss and to create practical social projects; about 30% of the projects – winners of the exposition “Generator- 2019”: this exposition is the platform for presentation of created projects and professional experts assess this presentations; about 10 projects will be granted by financial support.
Lessons learned: 
There are some troubles which are related with feature of students mode of living: they often take part in this program on a short time.
Key messages: 
Sustainable thinking – sustainable acting
Relationship to other RCE activities: 
This project is an integrating ground for sectoral, single project initiatives in the field of local civil activity
It is supported by Universities-partners of the RCE and also by philanthropic institutions in Russia


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Image icon Photo 1.jpg (83.38 KB) A public lecture of RCE – N.Novgorod, the framework of “The Academy of New Faces”
Image icon Photo 2.jpg (77.27 KB) Workshop, youth participants and students
Image icon Photo 3.jpg (71.12 KB) Youth eco-project action “Second life of plastic” in the secondary school № 47
UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
(https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs) and other themes of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
SDG 1 - End poverty in all its forms everywhere 
SDG 2 - End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture 
SDG 3 - Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages 
SDG 4 - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all 
SDG 7 - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all 
SDG 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all 
SDG 9 - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and foster innovation 
SDG 11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable 
SDG 12 - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns 
SDG 16 - Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels 
SDG 17 - Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development 
Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development – Priority Action Areas
Priority Action Area 1 - Advancing policy 
Priority Action Area 3 - Building capacities of educators and trainers 
Priority Action Area 4 - Empowering and mobilizing youth 
Priority Action Area 5 - Accelerating sustainable solutions at local level