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Fort Ross

"Project Harmony, Inc." (PH International) with the support of the U.S. Embassy in the Russian Federation is conducting the "Fort Ross 2.0” Contest.

The Contest will highlight the cultural and educational ties between Russia and the United States exemplified by Fort Ross, a historic Russian settlement on the west coast of the United States. Located in northern California, Fort Ross is a crossroads of culture, bringing together Russian, American, Spanish, and Native American history. This settlement bears witness to the birth of the relationship between the United States and Russia and is of special significance for both countries.

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IT for Youth

Unemployment among youth globally is more than twice that of the adult population.  The gap between those who are looking for work and the knowledge and skills needed to compete for successful employment is vast.  In Russia, as in many countries, the need for IT industry professionals now and in the future is outstripping the available workforce.  To meet their country goals, Russia needs to grow its IT ready workforce.   Tvoy Kurs:  IT for Youth, a project implemented by Microsoft in collaboration with PH International, is designed to help reduce this employment gap among youth in Russia and within the IT industry in their country.

Tvoy Kurs:  IT for Youth engages senior class students in creative IT learning opportunities and the potential of IT as a future career by learning more about the industry and the various professions connected to information technologies.  The project also provides opportunities to gain practical skills and knowledge in the field as a gateway to  future employment.   IT for Youth has a special emphasis on reaching disadvantaged youth and those in difficult life situations including pupils aged 15 to 24 from out of home settings and those with disabilities.


More specifically the goals of the "Tvoy Kurs: IT for Youth" project are: assistance to students of the senior classes in professional self-determination; orientation of young citizens on the professions  that are in demand in the social and economic spheres; motivation to participate in  training in modern information technologies and improvement of technical skills as  a basis of career opportunities, successful continuation of training in the highest and average special educational institutions, and  acquisition by students of the competencies necessary for successful employment.  Students will interact with IT professionals, acquire competence in IT skills like basics of computer literacy, safety on the internet and skills in developing code.  They will participate in project competitions and join with other students in socially significant activities.


 

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Mobile Literacy

The purpose of the Mobile Literacy project is to provide people with awareness, knowledge, and skills for using their mobile devices as tools for accessing resources that can significantly improve their lives. The Mobile Literacy Project will do so by providing free on-line as well as face to face training to people on how to use mobile devices and apps effectively, safely, and responsibly to access new resources and to expand their awareness of the important role that mobile devices can play in this effort. In addition, through the exposure to the potential of mobile devices, the participants will get an idea of the potential of informal learning through smartphones.  The participants will be familiarized with the idea of mobile learning through an introduction to educational apps and sites that offer online courses for free in a variety of spheres. The Mobile Literacy project is supported through a private donation.

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Past Programs

Information Dissemination and Equal Access (IDEA)

PH International collaborated with Microsoft Corporation’s Unlimited Potential (UP) Program and a broad range of Russian local libraries and other institutions on the Information Dissemination and Equal Access (IDEA) project, a program to expand technology access and training throughout the Russian Federation and Ukraine. IDEA fostered the development of digital literacy, providing online and Face to Face training through Microsoft's Unlimited Potential program, with a special focus on underserved populations, including the unemployed, senior citizens, people with disabilities, youth and residents of rural communities. Local computer centers provided a range of additional training to build employability in addition to computer skills.

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Intel Corporation ITeach for the Future Program

The Intel® Teach Program was first launched in Russia during November, 2001 with PH taking over management in 2007. Each program cycle starts on February 1st and lasts for 12 consecutive months.

 

In July 2005, the Intel Corporation reached its first agreement with the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation to cooperate on program implementation across Russia. Regional educational authorities acknowledge the program as one of the most advanced and effective programs for ICT teacher professional development and finance a considerable part of program implementation in their regions. Partner organizations ensure courses are incorporated into the state defined curriculum.

In April 2009, Teaching and Methodical Expert Council assigned the stamp of the Ministry of Education to the “Project activities in the information education environment of the XXI century” textbook.

In 2011, it was 10 years since «Education for the Future» Intel program has been implemented in Russia. Within this period 10 million teachers all over the world have been trained under the International Intel program. Russia has trained 1 mln. people and takes an honorable 3rd place in the ranking of countries.

From 2007 to 2010, the content of the program has changed completely: a new distance course and 3 new F2F courses for beginning and advanced teachers and managers have been launched.

From 2011 to 2013, 4 Intel courses were launched under the “elements for self-education” topic.

As the part of the program the international conference "What and how to teach and learn in the 21st century" is held every year.

A new process of certification was developed and launched and 270 tutors have been certified. The Intel “Education for the future” expert community began its work. 300 experts are involved in the work of community.

The contest of the projects for programs graduates is conducted every year. The base of the best educational projects was created. The contest of success among graduates and contests for tutors and coordinators are also held under the program.

The winners of contests are invited to attend the international educational exhibition Bett in the UK every year.

 

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Your Course: Digital Literacy (Tvoy Kurs)


The Tvoy Kurs/Your Course Project, in partnership with Microsoft Russia, provided training in basic and job-related computer skills with the goal of increasing employability and marketability among underserved and disadvantaged populations in Russia. E-skills and the advantages technology knowledge provides in competing for jobs and work-place advancement are particularly valuable assets for those who want and need to improve their economic prospects in our increasingly knowledge-based economy. The Project was implemented through the network of Сomputer Literacy centers throughout Russia  launched in partnership with libraries, colleges and universities and non-profit organizations with the assistance of regional and municipal authorities. Each center gave e-skills training in the Microsoft Digital Literacy and Unlimited Potential Curricula, free Internet access and access to Digiral Literacy Course; as well as training in capacity-building themes, in order to give participants marketable skills and stimulate community participation.

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