Kazan, Russia - On December 9-11, 2021, Kazan hosted the First National DeafSkills Professional Skills Championships, which was attended by hearing-impaired people aged 18 to 35 years. The championships were organized by the All-Russian Society of the Deaf (VOG), the Government of the Republic of Tatarstan, the World Federation of the Deaf, the Interregional Public Organization of the Disabled, the youth organization of the Deaf "Success" with the support of the United Nations Democracy Fund.
In 2017, a demonstration Russian DeafSkills championships were held in Kazan, in which about 80 participants competed in ten popular professions. In 2018, the youth organization of the Deaf "Success", which is the Russian branch of the DeafSkills International Association, won a grant from the United Nations Democracy Fund to host the first official National Championships in Russia. It was supposed to take place on April 25-26, 2020 at the Crocus Expo Exhibition Center in the Moscow region, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was postponed to December 2021.
According to Stanislav Ivanov, President of DeafSkills International Association, DeafSkills promotes the development of professional skills of young people with hearing impairments and promotes their future employment, as well as will draw public attention to the problems of hearing disabilities.
This year, more than 200 people competed for victory in professional competitions in 26 competencies. Their performances had evaluated by 130 experts.
The competitions were held at four venues organized based on specialized centres for the development of competencies "WorldSkills" and "Abylimpics": Kazan Construction College, Kazan Trade and Economic College, Kazan College of Folk Arts and Crafts, MCC-Kazan College of Information Technology and Communications.
The opening and closing ceremonies of the DeafSkills championships were held in the concert hall of the Volga State University of Education, Sports and Tourism.