MOSCOW, September 1. / TASS /. The head of the Ministry of Education of Russia Olga Vasilyeva is against the abolition of the tradition of giving flowers to teachers on September 1. The minister said this in an interview with TASS timed to coincide with the beginning of the new academic year, answering the question of how close she is to the idea of holding the action "Children instead of flowers."
In 2017, the Vera charitable foundation held the Children Instead of Flowers campaign. On September 1, schoolchildren gave teachers one bouquet from the class. According to the organizers' plan, the money saved from buying flowers was transferred by the parents to help seriously ill children. Participants of the action raised 39.56 million rubles, which, in particular, sent to purchase for terminally ill children ventilators, functional strollers, medicines, hygiene items, food and various medical equipment, to pay for the work of nannies for children.
"In my opinion, one thing should not cancel the other. I do not think that it is worth breaking the flower tradition, artificially limiting children or parents in the right to express gratitude to teachers," said Vasilyeva.
The minister added that there is no need to turn September 1 into a bouquet contest on the principle of "who's more expensive."