Sberbank of Russia

10/05/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/05/2020 03:04

Novosibirsk Region and Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug join Teacher for Russia program

This academic year, the Teacher for Russia program was made available in Novosibirsk Region and Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug. Having Sberbank as its strategic partner, the program is supported by Sberbank Charitable Foundation Investment to the Future. In 2020, as many as eight regions of Russia take part in the program.

Marina Rakova, Vice President, Sberbank:

'The Teacher for Russia program allows stakeholders to improve the quality of education in small towns and rural areas, to create new opportunities for schoolchildren. Now there are 240 program participants in 93 partner schools teaching 30,000 children. Undoubtedly, this is an achievement of the Teacher for Russia program team. We see that children, their parents, as well as school directors and heads of regions recognize the positive results of the program, which has been available for five years now.'

The Teacher for Russia program is being run by the New Teacher charity, which addresses the quality of education at schools with poor academic performance. Graduates of top universities who participate in the program go to teach at regular Russian schools for two years. Although it's hard work, there are 20 applicants for every position. Teacher for Russia is available in Kaluga Region, Voronezh Region, Nizhny Novgorod Region, Novgorod Region, Tambov Region, Novosibirsk Region, Moscow Region, and Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug. The organizers are set to add one Russian region to this list every year.

Alyona Markovich, Head of Teacher for Russia:

'We see an enormous demand for teachers across regional schools, especially those located in small towns and villages. Schools need help in attracting specialists, enhancing the qualifications of teaching staff, and developing the school environment. We are deeply grateful to our strategic partner, Sberbank, which has been with us all those five years since the program launch, and we are very glad that the fund has new partners, Sibanthracite and NOVATEK. Together, we have been able to expand the program's footprint in two new regions and reach even more children.'

Since 2019, Teacher for Russia graduates have been running a new initiative called Equally Different. Using the New Teacher foundation assets, the initiative is designed to help non-native speaker learners adapt to society and language.

Companies can join the initiative as its corporate partner in their region and support the program. Please learn more about that here. Also, the SberVmeste platform is fundraising for the development of the program.