In case you missed last week’s “Friday Photos From…” photo gallery. Take a look at how a Kyiv lyceum is reviving long-lost Ukrainian military school traditions.
ATTENTION! For this week’s “Friday Photos From…” we have shined our shoes, straightened our jackets, and smartly adjusted our hats to showcase a Kyiv lyceum that has started a special program for Cadet Corps, reviving long-lost Ukrainian military school traditions.
February 23 marked the Day of Fatherland Defender in Ukraine, and RFE/RL’s photographer Andrii Bashtovyi visited this band of cadets at their lyceum. His pictures illustrate the life of young Ukrainian boys enrolled in a school that combines standard core classes with military education and patriotism training.
Cadet traditions have been slowly lost in Ukraine and the lyceum’s teachers explain that the new program borrows some elements from the tsarist era when — especially during the 18th century — training of future commissioned officers was important to the Russian Empire.
The school is currently in a period of transition, as cadets take some classes together with other non-cadet pupils but may become segregated in the future. Cadets stay at school five days a week, including overnight. In corridors, they walk obediently in uniforms. Those who don’t obey special rules and regulations lose shoulder straps on their uniforms, and it’s only with extra effort that they earn them back.
See our original story by the Ukrainian Service of RFE/RL Radio Svoboda.