Global Talents: New Projects During the Pandemic
Today, the majority of schoolchildren had to switch to distance learning. That is why the task of involving them in useful activities that contribute to their creative fulfilment has become particularly important. The Global Talents web-portal of supplementary education found a way to solve this problem by launching a series of new special projects. Exciting online webinars and contests help schoolchildren spend time online with interest and use. Marina Volynkina, Head of the Global Talents web-portal, told about the new special projects.
PhD in Law, Head of the Global Talents all-Russian web-portal of supplementary education, Rector of the Institute for the Humanities and Information Technologies (IGUMO) and the International College for Arts and Communication (MKIK)
Today, the ability to respond quickly to changes is one of the key skills in any projects. As Lewis Carroll wrote in his Alice in Wonderland a century and a half ago, we must run as fast as we can, just to stay in place, and to achieve the goal we must run twice as fast as that. Years later, that expression turned into an aphorism and became even more important.
For over 5 years, the Global Talents website has been hosting free contests for children and organising unique webinars for schoolchildren from all over Russia. Those are always relevant, exciting, and useful online activities.
“We always receive a lot of positive feedback about the activities on our web-portal. Today, during the pandemic, it is important to strengthen the useful effect that school students can obtain by participating in online activities”, says Marina Volynkina.
In October 2020, the Global Talents website launched 4 special projects. Each of them includes a series of original webinars.
- Kultprosvet is a practical online intensive course aimed at introducing schoolchildren to the history of art;
- Literature Workshop is an online platform designed to increase students’ interest in reading literature and exploring books using creative methods;
- Projectarium is an online workshop aimed at developing students’ project thinking and self-presentation skills;
- ECOlogic is an online project having an educational function. It instils correct eco-friendly habits and responsible attitude towards nature in the younger generation.
All 4 special projects presuppose systemic delivery of original courses to schoolchildren, consolidation of the received information through creative exercises after each webinar, and bringing up the culture of the younger generation.
“Today, it is not enough to develop soft skills and hard skills of schoolchildren only. It is equally important to bring up young people providing them with the right cultural and moral values and life guidelines. The society needs people who will not pursue a career thoughtlessly but will care about the environment, understand and love culture, engage in creativity, and implement social projects and initiatives”, emphasizes Marina Volynkina.
The speakers of special projects will include Natalia Vostrikova, famous Russian art researcher, Marina Egorova, PhD in Pedagogy, expert in Russian language and literature, and Ekaterina Tetrokalashvili, PhD in Economics, eco-activist. They are all real professionals seeing their personal responsibility and mission in sharing knowledge with the younger generation, filling the life of schoolchildren with meaning and interesting content in the conditions of distance learning and self-isolation.
We are pleased to state that, during the pandemic, many women took responsibility for not only the well-being of their families, businesses, and communities but also the education and upbringing of Russian schoolchildren. They filled in the gaps created by the transition to distance learning.
Viktoria Yezhova, Global Women Media news agency
Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov