Alexey Pavlov

2019 - Ongoing

Today in Russia there are several hundred schools with separate education for boys and girls. This approach has always generated a lot of controversy. Proponents argue that gender separation enhances academic achievement, has a positive effect on the physical and psychological development of students, and helps establish “traditional values”. Opponents of separate education argue that can adversely affect the development of the individual and is far from the realities of life in society.

The village of Borogontsy is located in Yakutia — the coldest and largest region of Russia. The nineties, as in all of country, passed here severely. The nation was experiencing economic and social upheaval, a new world appeared in front of people, overwhelmed with uncertainty about tomorrow. Young people did not understand very well how to manage absolute freedom, which suddenly came to replace comprehensive control and guardianship by the state.

The decision that only boys will study at the gymnasium, which opened here in 1994, was also made in order to combat this phenomenon. A bias in technical disciplines, a lot of additional classes and a special attention to sports — gymnasium students were to become an example for everyone else.

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  • Aleksei Alekseevich Vinokurov worked as a biology teacher for nineteen years from the day the gymnasium was opened, subsequently switching to work at the local young naturalists station. In 2013, he published a photo album with landscapes of his native places, pictures of representatives of flora and fauna. Behind Alexei Alekseevich, we see a large photoprint of Lake Muru - once large-water, but now rapidly drying up

  • The gymnasium is based in the village of Borogontsy, which is located on the shore of Lake Myuryu, one of the largest in Yakutia.

  • Children who come to study from far away villages or cities can settle in a boarding house, working at the gymnasium. A few years ago, among the graduates was a young man who specially flew from Moscow to Borogontsy to study at "Uolan"

  • The costume of the Yakut warrior - bootur, used in school plays. Students try to instill patriotic feelings, the desire to become worthy heads of families and fair leaders. These values ​​correlate with the image of a real man, laid in the gymnasium

  • Pupils during a ceremony dedicated to Teacher's Day. All high school students are required to go to school in dark suits, they always have with them a handkerchief and a comb

  • Freestyle wrestling is the number one sport in Yakutia. A huge number of boys in Yakut cities and villages attend such sections

  • On September 27, Day of Statehood is widely celebrated in Yakutia. On this day, students of most Yakut schools come to study in national costumes

  • Education in the gymnasium begins from the fifth grade. Graduates of elementary schools come here from different villages of the region and the republic and even from other regions of Russia

  • Preparation for school play

  • The famous ice fishing on crucian carp in Yakutia is called Munkha. They gather for this fishing almost throughout the village and it takes place in the fall, when the ice is already strong enough. Pupils of grade 11 go fishing with male teachers. Also invited most experienced old people, who knows where and how best to carry out a net and leads the whole action

  • Pupils play the ball in the gym during the break. The unofficial name of the gymnasium - "Uolan" - literally translated from Yakut means "young man, youth"

  • Dima, a 9th grade student during a military training camp

  • Pupils pass an obstacle course during a military training camp

  • Graduates decorated a wall in a boarding house

  • Pennant made for opening of the gymnasium in 1994. "Uolan" celebrates its 25th anniversary this year

  • Also, one of the traditional events is a bike ride, to which students of the ninth grades go annually. This year, students went to the village of Kepteni, located thirty-three kilometers from Borogontsy

  • Portraits of famous Russian military leaders hang on the wall of one of the classrooms. Portraits of the President of the Russian Federation, the head of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and the head of the Ust-Aldan region are located a little lower

  • According to tradition, military training camps are held every fall. Gymnasium boys go to the training ground, live in tents for three days, pass standards for general physical training and marching. It is believed that such events temper the spirit of young men, and the skills acquired here can help in extreme situations and military service in the future