A regular meeting of Social Development Fund Committee on Sakhalin Indigenous Minorities Development Plan programme implemented since 2006 by the Regional Council of Authorised Representatives of Sakhalin Indigenous Minorities, the Sakhalin Oblast Government, and Sakhalin Energy was held in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.
The main issue on the agenda was the consideration of applications submitted under the educational programme of the Fund. Its goal is to support SIM young people studying at institutions of higher, secondary specialised, and basic vocational education. There are five such programmes in total and they are aimed at developing potential, culture, healthcare, sports, and education.
At the meeting, Committee members considered 54 applications fr om Sakhalin students studying at institutions of secondary specialised and higher education. According to its results, 24 students who submitted a full package of documents and have no academic backlog for the 2018–2019 academic year will receive tuition assistance this year. Another 23 students will receive an “incentive scholarship” in case they have received good or excellent marks for the winter and summer examination sessions of the 2018–2019 academic year.
“In addition, as part of the educational component, young people’s social activities are encouraged, including those in the field of preservation and development of SIM traditions,” said Yulia Zavyalova, Lead Specialist of the Sakhalin Energy Social Performance Subdivision. “If students submit information about their social projects, it adds up to their overall score in the contest, and the scholarship is increased.”
In total, this year’s educational programme budget of the Fund amounted to a little over RUB 2,200,000. The Fund Committee operates under the general supervision of the SIMDP Board and consists of seven representatives of SIM, representing seven regions wh ere SIM traditionally live and work.
16 October 2019