Last week, Veliky Novgorod mayor Sergey Busurin, Chairman of Acron Board of Directors Alexander Popov, and Acron Executive Director Vladimir Gavrikov visited a number of the city’s educational institutions to learn about their methods and the materials and equipment available in their classrooms and laboratories.
The delegation was impressed by the learning environment at the Novgorod Chemical Industrial College (NovHIT), the equipment in its laboratories, and the venues where NovHIT hosts the regional stage of the WorldSkills championship. Acron’s significant contribution to the college’s development was also on display. In the 2018–2019 academic year, the Novgorod-based company allocated more than RUB 5 million to repair the roofs of NovHIT’s academic building and dormitories, upgrade classrooms and laboratories, and equip the college with pilot equipment and supplies for the WorldSkills Russia championship.
Acron’s representatives also visited the chemistry classroom at Secondary School No. 36, which includes a laboratory for the teacher, a space for theoretical practice, and a mini-laboratory for students. The Company promised to purchase and install additional laboratory equipment for student research.
“The new equipment will help motivated students participate in Russian national and regional competitions and academic contests and simply study chemistry as a science to the full extent. Some of these students may work for our company in the future”, said Chairman of Acron Board of Directors Mr Popov.
In 2019, under a social and economic cooperation agreement with the Veliky Novgorod administration, the Company allocated RUB 13 million to repair and purchase furniture and equipment for seven secondary schools in Veliky Novgorod. The schools used Acron’s donations to buy modern equipment, visual aids, demonstration materials and supplies.
“Secondary School No. 36 is providing its students with an excellent education and serves as an example for other schools. I hope that fruitful cooperation with Acron will continue to improve the resources and equipment available at Veliky Novgorod’s schools, expanding career guidance, and supporting the younger generation”, said mayor Busurin.
Career guidance for school students is a key component in Acron Group’s sustainable training system. For many years, the Company has provided assistance to two Novgorod school with enhanced coverage of vocation-related subjects. In 2018, Acron expanded its ties with educational institutions and established the Achieving Success in Education and Career with Acron grant for chemistry and physics schoolteachers of Veliky Novgorod in association with the city’s Education Committee. Twelve local teachers received a total of RUB 1,440,000 over two years.