Once a Gulag, Now Life Grows up in Norilsk

Once a Gulag, Now Life Grows up in Norilsk

Children are a thing of joy to a society. They represent the best and purest form of us. They represent our unbridled hopes, our unadulterated optimism and our eager anticipation of what life might bring in the times ahead.

Every civilized society tries to provide a safe growing space for its children, so they can grow up with dreams to conquer the world.
— Norilsk

Norilsk, Siberia’s crown jewel, and the arctic’s biggest city showed me to what amazing length it goes to care for its young ones. How it caters for their every need, and how it grooms them for life, and equips them with the needed skills to thrive in a competitive world.

In my short visits here I could only but wonder about the warmth you can find in such a cold region of the world. The people are ever welcoming, so open to diversity and new faces. It also jealously cares for the wellbeing of its children. I was able to catch a glimpse of the effort Norilsk puts in giving young people growing up here the needed care and attention to grow up in a safe space. Here are a few of such instances I stumbled upon.

Once a Gulag, Now Life Grows Up In Norilsk

Once a Gulag, Now Life Grows Up In Norilsk

Every child deserves the chance to play and live their young years without a care in the world. Norilsk due to its geographical location is naturally cold. But that has not been able to dampen the spirits of the city and its zeal to provide spaces where its children are able to play and socialize like every child from other regions of the world.

Norilsk prides itself with its huge indoor playgrounds for kids. They are able to play various sports, games, ride their bikes and just be kids all in a warm, well-lit environment. The meticulous effort put by the city and its people to achieve this and maintain it warmed my heart so much that I didn’t notice when my eyes got teary with admiration.

Once a Gulag, Now Life Grows Up In Norilsk

Once a Gulag, Now Life Grows Up In Norilsk

Norilsk has over the years produced some of the best Russian athletes to compete on the world stage. And I could really see why. This city loves competition, they love their sports and staying fit, even the young ones catch this bug early. Being such a sports crazy city, I went to one of its amazing sports complexes, where I saw firsthand kids and teenagers training and having a lot of fun in various athletic sports from gymnastics to long jump. The environment is so warm you can get a sense of the community spirit of this wonder of a city

Every civilized society tries to provide a safe growing space for its children, so they can grow up with dreams to conquer the world.

Every civilized society tries to provide a safe growing space for its children, so they can grow up with dreams to conquer the world.

Norilsk doesn’t let any talent of its future generation go to waste. Through its school programs music prodigies are groomed according to their talents. From an amazing young violinist I met, to pianists to other music instruments, the city takes meticulous care and attention to cater for each child’s need to groom them for greatness. Even beyond school I would later find out that music school also follow the kids to their homes to perfect their practice of their various music instruments. 

Norilsk is the kind of city that will not let any aspect of the joys of life escape its kids and young people growing up here. It provides for and caters for their every need. No wonder some of the biggest names in both sports and entertainment trace their roots here. My heart is warmed, and I am in love with this city.

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