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Acron Donates RUB 1 Million in Grants to Best Teachers in Veliky Novgorod

Acron awarded grants to the best chemistry, physics, and maths teachers in Veliky Novgorod as part of a programme called Achieving Success in Education and Career with Acron. This was the sixth time the Company has funded the grants in partnership with the Veliky Novgorod education committee.

This year, the cash award worth RUB 1,080,000 was shared between nine teachers.

The jury chose People’s Teacher of the Russian Federation Anatoly Malyakin from School 26, Aleksey Zavyalov from Novoschool Gymnasium, and Olga Timofeeva from Istok Gymnasium as the best chemistry teachers. The top physics teachers were Irina Tikhonova from Istok Gymnasium, Marina Vladimirova from Gymnasium 4, and Irina Trigus from Evrika Gymnasium. Svetlana Shapoval from Garmonia Gymnasium, Ekaterina Pshenitsyna from School 2, and Svetlana Mukhina from Istok Gymnasium were named the best maths teachers.

Anatoly Malyakin will use the funds to teach his students about industrial and technical aspects by bringing in successful industry practitioners. He believes that this practice would be beneficial to employers as it would help young people to integrate more quickly into companies’ work processes.

Irina Tikhonova plans to use Acron’s grant to equip an experimental classroom for future engineers and buy visual aids and specialised literature.

According to Irina Shanaeva, chair of the Veliky Novgorod education committee, Acron’s involvement in training programmes should be encouraged and expanded. ‘The Company’s active support for educational projects creates a powerful synergy: companies get qualified employees, schools receive funding to develop programmes in basic sciences and train teachers, and students acquire in-depth technical knowledge’.

Olga Babina, head of human resources at Veliky Novgorod-based Acron, said that the Company could not be a leader in the regional industry without qualified employees. ‘Career guidance is of key importance, and that is why we will continue to support educational programmes at schools and provide mentoring to young specialists who are willing to develop with Acron’.

The Achieving Success in Education and Career with Acron grant programme was established in 2017 to encourage teachers to motivate students to go deeper into subjects that are in demand at Acron. Winners can spend 50% of their award on personal needs, 30% on classroom infrastructure, equipment and materials, and 20% on professional development. Over the past six years, more than 40 teachers in Veliky Novgorod have received grants. Some specialists have been named best teachers several times.