Expanding online learning - Step Up hits 20,000 lesson milestone
By Howard Amos - Board of Trustees
The 2020-2021 academic year has been one of the hardest in our history. The Step Up community is built on personal interactions — and coronavirus has meant making some difficult changes, above all moving so much online. But we have continued to grow and adapt!
Using the opportunities of distance learning, Zoom and video conferences, we reached the milestone of almost 20,0000 lessons this year (13,000 in person and 6,700 online). And our online education programme involved a record 142 students from orphanages and struggling families all over Russia — from Karelia on the border with Finland, to Astrakhan on the Caspian Sea, and towns and cities in Siberia. In total, 384 students have participated in Step Up’s educational programmes this year.
The rise in coronavirus cases in Russia the early summer meant we were obliged to cancel several planned events and move our annual graduation ceremony online. But it was still well attended!
“Looking at how you have all studied so hard, it becomes clear where our success lies,” director Olga Tikhomirova told those on the Zoom call. “And thanks to your successes we can talk about the successes of our teaches. Thank you all for working together!”
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