On September 25-27, 2014 a nice city of Kolomna in Moscow region hosted the international conference “Excellence through Collaboration”. Representatives of English Language Teachers’ Associations from all over Russia try to meet twice a year. One meeting is known as the “Umbrella Gathering”. The Umbrella Gathering is a meeting of association leaders who come together for a two-day program of brain storming sessions to define the most important issues, projects, trends in ELT for the coming year.
GE CALLS selected its partner schools to participate in School Prevention Program during 2014-2015 academic year. Selection was made on competitive basis. The main criteria were motivation and the vision of the school regarding juvenile crime prevention.
On September 28, 2014, a presentation of computer sciences courses, that are going to be held within IDEA Project Powered by Microsoft YouthSpark implemented by PH International, was held at the Internet Center of Tokmak Central Library (Zaporizhya Oblast). Trainers of IDEA Training Center affiliated with a local youth NGO ‘Institute of Civic Development ‘Ortega-y-Gasset’ discussed with youth participants how computer programing and coding skills could help them to become more competitive in the modern technological labor market.
By the end of September, GE CALLS held School Components presentations for the principals of schools that have a chance to get involved in the program for the 2014-2015 academic year.
GE CALLS also had a series of Grants Program consultation meetings with local NGOs of all four cities. During the meetings interested organizations received desired information from the Program staff.