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The ArtsScience Achievement Foudation

 

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Suite 325

Alexandria VA 22314

Tel/Fax: (703) 229 90 02   

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Humanitarian action:

«Ways of Hope»

 

The most important resource, that will affect any country in 10-20 years, will be knowledge, not natural resources. The only countries and peoples can expect success and prosperity that provide education to their young faster and better than others do. Therefore, all leading countries of the world pay special attention to the education of their children, both at home and abroad. This action throughout the world is called "The Way of Hope”.

We realize that the development of modern Russia is impossible without the training of young, highly qualified specialists. The management of the country will be in their hands in a few years. So public organizations: Foundation for the Promotion of media (Russia), the National Industrial - Investment Fund, in conjunction with the American charitable organization «Arts & Science Achievement Foundation » initiated in 2003-2004 a large-scale social project - the All-Russia festival "Paths of Hope ".

Its main idea was to create equal opportunities for vocal education and decent life in the future for young Russians from poor families. The pool of 1000 grants was created as awards for the competition: Youth Awards "Road of Hope". It was available for young Russians aged 16 to 35 years, from disadvantaged families. This category in Russia included: orphanages, children of deceased servicemen, as well as young people employed in the public sector: doctors, teachers, child care, creative professionals and students.

 

Grants were awarded in the following areas:

Education - 325 Grants:

Grants awarded to a young primary school teachers and English language teachers working in secondary schools in small towns and villages of Russia. Living in the outback without any contact with native speakers, young teachers are unable to improve and maintain their language skills. Therefore, in November 2003, 25 young Russian teachers had a month long internship at Cambridge University, UK. At the same time, 50 teachers of English language from schools of the  Central Russia were working on improving of their professional skills level on special training organized in the specialized school № 1239 in Moscow, which is the training Center of the Ministry of Education of Russia for English language teachers.

A similar training program for a 100 young English Language schoolteachers working in schools in the North Caucasus, was developed by the North Caucasian High School Center in conjunction with specialists from the Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Russia. This program was held in November 2003 in Rostov Pedagogical University (Rostov-on-Don).

In 2004, 150 grants were awarded to a teachers working in kindergartens, full boarding schools and orphanages. They had 15-day internship  in the Russian State Pedagogical University of St. Petersburg. During that membership they studied modern methodics for preschool education developed in US and Germany. That was possible because of American and German teachers invited to St. Petersburg by Art & Science Achievement Foundation.

 

• Medicine - 100 Grants:

One hundred grants in the field of medicine were awarded to physicians and nurses practicing in the rural hospitals. The grants were awarded to a young medical professionals in the most demanding areas: emergency room physicians, therapists, surgeons, neurosurgeons, anesthesiologists, neurologists, otolaryngologists, and obstetrician gynecologists. Given that the information in the field of medicine almost completely renewed every five years, all participants received as a gift the latest versions of medical literature in their field.

 

• Culture and Art - 350 Grants.

Trainings to improve professional skills in that area were organized the following way.

  • Vocal and modern dance training for 49 young singers from 32 cities of Russia by professionals from American Academy Jullia Arts. Training took place at the Mosfilm Studios and was 15 days long.
  • “Musical Theater” training for 100 high school students from St. Petersburg and the suburbs. Training was done for 15 days by teachers from New World School of the Arts (USA) at the Music Hall theater. 
  • Teachers from New World School of the Arts (USA) did 15 day training for dancers and singers of the Music Hall. It was modern acting and dance training.
  • International festival “Step Parade”. All 74 participants were awarded grants and took part in training from the best step artists of the world. Especially for this training The Arts & Science Achievement Foundation bought special shoes as a gift to trainees.
  • 150 grants for Visual Arts were awarded to students of rural Art Schools so they can present their works at the biggest exhibitions that took place in Moscow in January of 2003 and in St. Petersburg in April of 2003.
  • “Training at the open-air” – the bus tour to Dresden, Munich, Vienna for 55 students from Art Colleges of Russia to visit most famous European art galleries. They also had a chance to work on open- air under guidance from leading Russian artists
  • Industrial design training – 15 days of professional skill improvement at the State Art-Industrial University for students and teachers from rural art schools. Thanks to 50 grants dedicated to this training, representatives from all schools specializing in industrial design were able to come to Moscow and participate in this training.

The uniqueness of the festival "Ways of Hope" is in its scale and geography. Its participants are   young people from the most remote corners of Russia, who have no opportunity to improve their professional skills outside of their city.

No wonder why the festival "Ways of Hope" was recognized by the government as a socially important project for the country and supported by the Representative of the President of Russian Federation for North-West Federal Region. The President of the Russian Federation, V.V. Putin  send a letter to festival participants March 15, 2004.

Here's a short list of cities, where the festival participants in 2003-2004 have been selected from:

Abakan, Anapa, Armavir, Arkhangelsk, Belgorod, p Dubrovka, p Sescha village Red Horn, station Korobonichi (Bryansk region), Vologda, Voronezh, Vyatka, s Sidor p Pyatimorsk (Volgograd region), Dryutsk, Ekaterinburg, Ivanovo, s Bogovarovo , village guard, p Novopestsovo (Ivanovo region), Irkutsk, Kaliningrad, Kirov, p Vyatskie Polyana (Kirov region), p Kuragino (Krasnoyarsk Territory), Kokhma, Kursk, place Liberty (Kursk Oblast), Murmansk, Novgorod region., Novorossiysk , Nolinsk, Obninsk, Russia, Orel, p Znamenka (Orel region), Penza, Penza Region, Perm, Petrozavodsk, Pskov, Republic of Adygea, Republic of Bashkortostan, Republic of Ingushetia, the Republic of Khakassia, Rostov, Rostov-on-Don, Roslavl Safonovo, St. Petersburg, the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, Skvorodino (Amur Oblast), Smolensk, the village of Zhukov (Smolensk region), Taganrog, Tambov Oblast Ulyanovsk, Meadow Village, the village Baratulovka, p Trusleyka (Ulyanovsk region), Ufa, Khabarovsk Region, Tver, Cheboksary Borzya (Chita Region), Worldwide, Yaroslavl, Yaroslavl Region.

 

In 2004-2007 trainings for professional skills improvement were organized:

  • For students of political science at the Russian Academy of Finance in Moscow. Training included eminars and lectures by the leading teachers of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
  • For English language teachers in secondary schools in small towns of Russia at the Boston University.
  • For students at Boston Ballet in Russian Academy of Dramatic Art (GITIS) and the Bolshoi Theater, Russia.
  • Professional training for university English language teachers from Russian universities, according to the program and by the teachers of  the Boston University.