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When Learning is Fun

Date of publication: 2 February 2018 Printable version

241 schools to receive physics, chemistry, and mathematics classrooms as part of Transneft corporate programme.

“Quite often poor knowledge prevents students from selecting physics and chemistry as their subjects for the Unified State Exam. As a consequence, they forfeit the opportunity to enter technical universities, and the Company loses potential employees from among locals. Apart from that, lack of decent school education often makes finding qualified staff problematic for some of the Company’s production facilities,” Elena Shchurova, Personnel Management Director at Transneft explained.

So, the Company decided to support schools by outfitting and equipping their classrooms.


The Company professionals meticulously prepared and verified the list of general education institutions to be included into the programme. As a result, it covered 241 schools in the regions where 13 Transneft subsidiaries operate. Rural schools were prioritized the most. The project covers a large territory: the Urals and Volga Region, North-West and the Far East.

The programme implementation is expected to take three years, from 2017 to 2019. Last year aid was provided to 27 schools, 41 being next in line this year. The programme’s 3rd year will be the most fruitful as it will bring renovated classrooms to 173 educational institutions.

“It is worth mentioning that the programme doesn’t include outfitting schools with state-of-the-art equipment. Our purpose is to make them meet the standards of the Ministry of Education and Science,” says Evgeny Apaev, head of the training and refreshment section of Transneft Personnel Management Department.

Initially Transneft wanted to fit out only the mathematics, physics and chemistry classrooms. However, the Company quickly realised that it would be insufficient. Most often schools appeared to be in deplorable condition – it would be strange to install equipment at dilapidated rooms.

So, the programme was adjusted – the schools are now being both equipped and repaired.


The settlement of Vrangel became the pilot site for the project. Instead of approaching the problem formally, the Company considered the school’s problems carefully and helped in solving them.

The local oil port of Kozmino is a critical site, being the terminal point of the Eastern Siberia – Pacific Ocean pipeline. A residential cluster was built there for employees of Transneft – Kozmino Port. It neighbours School No. 18 for 360 students, some 20% of them being children of the Company’s employees. No wonder the Company has been helping the educational institution since the port was founded.

In the first years the Company arranged a specialized class whose curriculum had an emphasis on physics and chemistry. Over time the situation changed so that the school did not have the staff to teach these subjects: some of the teachers moved out, others retired. At that point the Company helped again.

The school invited teachers to Kozmino from the neighbouring Nakhodka, and Transneft – Kozmino Port helped resolve the issues of housing and payments for extra hours.

“The measures proved to be fruitful. Now we have all the personnel we need. Last year, none of the students had to resit the USE – for the first time in 9 years; 61.5% of our graduates entered the universities,” Headmaster Irina Fomina said.

This year, within the scope of Transneft programme, the 1977 building will undego a complete renovation.

Elena Shchurova


The Tumbotino settlement of Nizhny Novgorod Region has two schools for 10,000 people. School No. 2 whose capacity is 550 children had been getting dilapidated without repair for years.

“Frankly speaking, the building was in deplorable condition. In 2013 we made a major overhaul using the donations from Transneft Upper Volga: replaced the heating and sewerage systems, renovated the front... Essentially, the school got a new building,” Headmaster Igor Novosadov confessed.

Besides, the Company arranged sports grounds for football, hockey, and basketball.

And three years later the physics, chemistry, and mathematics classrooms received all the necessary equipment for 1September.”

“We have now encountered another problem. The school students take more interest in these subjects, and the number of hours the curriculum assigns to them remains unchanged,” Igor Novosadov said with a smile.

Students and their teachers enjoy the freshly repaired classrooms with new furniture, proper lighting, and, naturally, with convenient and useful equipment! An electronic circuit can be assembled on the board; a microscope will help to discern the finest particles of a substance, and an interesting experiment can be recorded on the laptop camera to be entered into the test log.

It is small surprise that now children select chemistry and physics as their USE subjects more often, and already some of the results are quite decent. A school No. 2 student got the best USE score in the district.

The town of Primorsk in Leningrad Region has only one school. It received the equipment for exact science classrooms last year. In addition to projectors, instruments and chemical reagents, physics and chemistry classrooms need special conditions: specialized desks, a fume hood.

“We can’t place any given type of linoleum there as even floors should meet certain requirements. For instance, a chemistry classroom is a place if increased risk. Transneft Primorsk Port helped us keep up with all those requirements,” Headmaster Vasily Melnik said.

On 1 September 2017, the programme ensured the launch of physics, chemistry and mathematics classrooms with up-to-date equipment at 27 schools in 13 regions where Transneft subsidiaries are present.

“The schools have 14,000 students, 2,000 of them being children of the Company’s employees. We received multiple feedbacks and letters of appreciation from teachers and local residents. The response proves that such efforts of the Company are much-needed and necessary,” Elena Shchurova noted.

Chemistry is no longer just dull textbook paragraphs; now it is a living science for the children to see with their own eyes.


Transneft’s support to schools goes far beyond the corporate programme. A modern school to host 1250 children was built from scratch in the village of Nagaevo (Bashkortostan) in two years with the help of Transneft Urals donations. The 4-storey building has everything to make learning sheer pleasure: laboratories and workshops, an assembly hall and a sports hall, a robotics classroom. Prior to that, the local school was cooped up in a small old building, and students had to study in two shifts.

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