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Pathway to a profession: Studying exact and natural sciences is becoming more interesting

Date of publication: 11 September 2019

The history of the Osinki urban settlement in Bezenchuksky District has been intertwined with the oil industry for many decades.

Residents of Osinki and nearby settlements work at Transneft Volga Region’s operational facilities, and this year, the Company renovated five of a rural school's classrooms for teaching exact and natural sciences.

Raising interest in the subject

Bouquets of flowers, white bows, smiles of children, parents and teachers. Standing in a line on Knowledge Day – a grand and festive atmosphere. On this day, the school in the settlement of Osinki, Bezenchuksky District, celebrates its 65th anniversary. 10 years ago, the school moved to a new, modern building, in which 362 students are now studying. Although the school is rural, it is a serious competitor to urban schools. Osinki pays great attention to the teaching of such exact sciences as mathematics, physics and chemistry. Pupils regularly participate in educational olympiads and win prizes. And last year, graduates produced brilliant USE results in mathematics and took first place in the South-Western educational district. The gift from Transneft Volga thus proved its worth. This year, by the beginning of the new school year, five classrooms were repaired at the school with the financial support of oil industry workers – three math rooms, as well as rooms for chemistry and physics. Windows, doors, and electrics were replaced, and ceiling coverings, floors, walls and laboratory rooms were repaired. The classrooms for exact and natural sciences are fully equipped with modern laboratory and demonstration educational sets, as well as multimedia sets – projectors, interactive boards and the necessary manuals.

“Teachers now have a large arsenal of tools, thanks to which children will be able not only to study the theory, but also learn mathematics, physics and chemistry in practice. And teachers will be able to create more interesting lessons, raising students' interest in their subject. Children will receive knowledge at a new level," said a mathematics and computer science teacher at the Osinki junior high state school, Elvira Artamonova.

This year, 10 students entered the 10th grade, and they have already chosen which subjects they will study in depth in order to successfully pass the USE and enter higher education institutions in the future.

“This year, all our tenth graders have chosen their technical orientation. Some students will study physics and mathematics in depth, and some will study physics, biology and mathematics. Modern students are children of the interactive era, the age of the internet and new technologies. I am sure that they will be interested in exact disciplines. In the lessons they will gain knowledge that will allow them to enter higher education institutions and, possibly, work in the oil industry in the future," said the director of the Osinki junior high state school, Anatoly Titkov.

Support for education

In the new academic year, within the framework of the corporate programme for the development of school education, the Company covered the costs of repairing and equipping chemistry, physics and mathematics classrooms at 20 schools in Samara, Saratov, Volgograd, Rostov and Orenburg Regions, as well as in the Republic of Tatarstan – areas where the Company has operational facilities. The Company allocated about RUB 115 million for these purposes. In Samara Region, such new classrooms were opened in secondary school No. 1 and the S.V. Baimenov gymnasium in Pokhvistnevo, in the settlement of Khvorostyanka, and secondary school No. 2, the G.A. Smolyakov Educational Centre in Bolshaya Chernigovka. In 2017–2018, five more schools of the region received financial assistance from the Company.

“The charity programme of the Company is aimed at a better and more in-depth study of technical disciplines. We hope that school graduates will want to enter higher and secondary special educational institutions in technical specialties and will come to work for our enterprises in the future. The Company also has a corporate programme aimed at targeted training of successful and talented graduates at Samara State Technical University and in the training plants of Transneft,” said Evgeny Semerikov, Deputy Head of Operations at Transneft Volga's Samara Regional Oil Pipeline Directorate.

Transneft's corporate charity programme for 2017-2019 covers 169 settlements in the territory of eight federal districts. Targeted assistance during this time was received by 241 schools, with about 1.5 billion rubles allocated to finance the school education development programme of Transneft.

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