It is not long before Russian schoolchildren will get an opportunity to cross the threshold of a no ordinary educational establishment which they are sure to find to their liking. This has nothing to do with the boring formal actions, procedures or cheap experiments; in store for them is an exciting encounter with the “outdoor school” – a charity project for children, involving the creation of a network of extramural centres in the Russian countryside. Dur­ing the school year schoolchildren and their teachers will go there to take part in various excursions, outdoor lessons, physi­cal culture and sports pursuits as well as meetings with art groups.

The “outdoor school” is a vital addition to the basic school program broadening the children’s horizon, cultivating a healthy way of life and enabling them to reveal their finest qualities. Schools of this kind have been functioning suc­cessfully in many European countries for several decades already.

Implementation of the “outdoor school” project is envisaged by the memorandum on mutual understanding and coopera­tion between the UN Development Program and the State Physical Culture and Sports Committee of Russia (Goskomsport). The document was signed in Moscow by Chairman of Goskomsport Vyacheslav Fetisov and acting Permanent Representati­ve of the UN Development Program Stefan Vassilev.