Results of the Digital Transformation of Educational and Social Services Contest

Digital Transformation of Educational and Social Services – the final round of a special Sakhalin Energy grant competition – have been announced. 

The competition is designed to mitigate adverse effects brought by the coronavirus pandemic and to develop innovative activities of non-profit organisations.

Anna Lygina, Sakhalin Energy’s Senior Social Performance Specialist, said that 25 applications have been received in four months fr om local organisations, including government-funded educational and social institutions. The final stage was record-breaking – in contrast with the previous rounds wh ere only four projects were selected to win, this time as many as eight initiatives were the winners. “Such a burst of activity on the home straight is, of course, inspiring for us, the organisers of the competition,” Anna Lygina added.  

The project under the title “Theatre. Home Reading” is among the winners. Employees of the Sakhalin Puppet Theatre propose to create a series of video-compositions based on literary works for school grades 5−7. The project team intends not only to make students interested in reading and literature, but also to develop their critical thinking, creativity and empathy to the literary characters. They believe this will improve the interaction with the Theatre's target audience and help to diversify the final theatrical product for the viewer.

Thanks to another project entitled “Digital Edges of Education”, Sakhalin will get a platform for online and offline educational programmes and project activities, with access provided on a ‘one stop shop’ basis. To achieve this the Regional Centre for Education Quality Assessment intends to train teachers to use the Trello platform. Trello helps project teams to work collaboratively and organise information from any location.

Raduga Kindergarten from Troitskoye plans to launch a remote collaborative environment to connect online with parents of those pre-schoolers who cannot attend the kindergarten for various reasons to keep them informed and provide psychological support. The kindergarten team of teachers and kids will develop video content comprising 20 educational videos commonly entitled “Making Things Together”. Additionally, they will offer trainings on how to start working remotely with pre-school children and how to create multimedia content for college/university students and teachers from other kindergartens of the same district.

“Education with No Limits” will be offered to Solovyovka school students by their teachers. The project will help to streamline the online learning process under various curricula regardless of the location of the student. This will require a fit-for-purpose network infrastructure to be created in the school with a high-speed internet connection and additional workstations for teachers. This initiative will enable online lessons, including Financial Awareness lessons for grades 3–4, in such remote villages as Novikovo and Ozyorskoye.

The Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Creative Youth Centre will create an online pre-school academy. The project will give an opportunity for kids to study at home together with their parents. Besides, once a month the teachers will develop the so-called ‘package’ of interactive tasks requested by parents of their students. A film studio will be created to record online-classes.

Gymnasium No.1 (the Pushkin Gymnasium) of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk will introduce a learning environment under the name ‘Sova’ (which translates as ‘owl’). They will have their own server and develop informative content to improve overall learning experience and help to plan learning paths for gifted students. Additionally, the virtual environment can be used as a platform for social projects, such as workshops for parents who wish to improve their digital skills.

“Now I know!” is an academic education project by Sakhalin State University – their first Massive Online Open Course project. The expectation is to create interactive lecture videos covering a wide range of topics in physics, mathematics, Russian, literature, social science, foreign languages and tourism. The topics will be chosen based on an online survey. The lectures will be given by professors of the university and representatives of its partners.

One more winner is the Creative Youth Centre from Starodubskoye – they are going to offer online classes, workshops and courses for students and teachers. The people behind this initiative believe that it will improve the accessibility of educational services for disabled children, who will feel more comfortable in the new psychological environment to grow personally and creatively.

Funding for all the projects will be provided by Sakhalin Energy once the projects are finalized based on the recommendations and feedback from experts.

13 October 2020