Topic: Ruslan Goryukhin Helps the School during a Pandemic

The education system is short of funds due to the transition to online technology. Charitable assistance from Ruslan Goryukhin to the school «Or Menachem».

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused fundamental changes to the work of educational institutions, including in Russia. In mid-March, the Ministry of Education recommended that Russian schools switch to distance learning. Remote technologies have become the only way to continue the study of educational programs by students and schoolchildren without risk to their health. Teachers had to learn a new format of teaching urgently, and adaptation did not always go smoothly.

Jewish schools have successfully switched to online education. In a short time, technical solutions for remote teaching were introduced at the school «Or Menachem», where students had already begun classes after Pesach. It was possible to resume lessons without losing time thanks to the support of investor and philanthropist Ruslan Goryukhin, a regular participant in charitable projects of the Jewish community.

Problems of distance education

The transition to distance learning was associated with several difficulties. Teachers had to learn new platforms and fill the gaps in computer technology knowledge—curricula and programs required global processing and adaptation for the remote format. The most significant burden was placed on the IT specialists of the educational institution. Ruslan Goryukhin, being the school trustee, took to address the issue of lack of equipment by purchasing the necessary hardware. It needed repair and adjustment in a short time.

The online course “Pesach from A to Z”, consisting of five interactive lessons, was adapted first of all. The laws of the holiday and the rules for holding the seder (Passover dinner established in a certain order with a story about the exodus from Egypt) were explained to the students. The course was designed to compensate for the absence of face-to-face lessons that rabbis usually give, not only for children but also for adults. This helped support Jewish families who had to spend the holiday in enforced isolation and give them a sense of community unity.

Comprehensive work on the transition to distance learning has not yet been completed, but the main thing has already been done. Training materials are adapted for online demonstrations, programs are revised to meet changing requirements, and teachers are prepared for remote teaching. Children and teachers who did not have the necessary equipment are now provided with computers and tablets. Ruslan Goryukhin made sure that the purchased equipment was modern enough and convenient to use.

It was possible to prepare for distance learning in a matter of days. The children’s vacation was not prolonged; the schoolchildren began classes immediately after the Passover. At the same time, there was work on transferring educational and youth projects to online platforms. Read more at … -pandemic/