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Six Digital Economy Education Programs Received Quality Marks

Two developments were marked with quality marks in the Digital Start nomination for the Trainings Prize 2019. Togliatti State University presented the program for teachers "Virtual and Augmented Reality Technologies in Education". And the Printing Pioneer Fund presented the "Information Literacy" program aimed at training not only the basics of using a computer, but also the application of skills gained in everyday life situations.

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Open Innovations Forum
The holding of our EdTech Invest Dating event was discussed at the Open Innovations Forum 2019 in Skolkovo. This time, it was held in Berlin, with the participation of projects and partners from around the world.

The speakers recalled the important advantages of VR in the section "The Role of VR in the Education System", as follows: 1) Emotions affect the strength of neural connections (i.e., memorization) – and what can best provide VR rather than emotions!
2) A person in a VR helmet cannot be distracted from studying – neither to chatter with a neighbor, nor to a phone, and nor to playing Sea Battle.


In the picture: with the Director of the Lobachevsky EdTech Accelerator, Mariya Maryasova
Semi-Final of GESA
The President of the Fund, Mariya Aksyonova, took part in the panel of judges of the semi-final of the GESA educational projects competition.

We were happy with the level, quality, and elaboration of projects. And we are proud of the Russian EdTech (30/09/2019).

In the picture: with the Director of the University 2035, Vasiliy Tretyakov
On August 14, 2019, the Printing Pioneer Fund, the Lobachevsky EdTech Accelerator and the Association of Education Exporters held a great event for educational startups, investors and experts in the field of education. The event was held in Villa Politica, on Rublyovo-Uspenskoye Highway. The guests got acquainted with each other's activities and found opportunities for interaction for the benefit of education.

The following Funds were partners of the event: Proobraz, SOL, NIK-Razvitiye, Dialogue of Cultures – United World, and the Association of Impact Investors.

In the picture: with the Director of the Dialogue of Cultures – United World Fund, Tatyana Grigoryeva.
Partnership with Etnomir and the Lobachevsky EdTech Accelerator
Etnomir is a unique cultural and educational center with an area of 140 hectares. It is located 1.5-2 hours drive from Moscow, in the Kaluga Region.

Ruslan Bayramov, the founder of ETNOMIR, being a true progressor, was awarded the Order of Merit to the Fatherland by the decree of the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.

We spent a working day with the Director of the ETNOMIR school, Yevgeniy, and the Director of the Lobachevsky EdTech Accelerator, Mariya, and discussed our portfolio projects and strategic partnership.

In the picture: with the Director of the Etnomir School (in the center) and the Director of the Lobachevsky EdTech Accelerator (on the right)

Partnership with a Legendary Animator


The legend of Russian animated cartoon, 98-year-old Leonid Aronovich Shvartsman, a creator of the image of Cheburashka and Gena the Crocodile, the characters of "38 Parrots", the Kitten by the Name of Gav and the Snow Queen, began working with one of our portfolio projects.

He prefers the word "animation", i.e. "ensoulment" of the characters. When listening to his stories about creating cartoons, it's as if you are traveling by the time machine – his words are so brightly and vividly experienced.

In April 2019, Leonid Aronovich was awarded the Order of the Printing Pioneer Ivan Fedorov for his contribution to the culture of Russia.

In the picture: Mariya Aksyonova, Mariya Maryasova and Leonid Shvartsman
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Education Committee of Business Russia
Representatives of Russian companies, funds, and non-commercial organizations serving the cause of education took part in the meeting as part of the Education Committee of Business Russia (on February 28, 2019)

In the picture: the meeting is chaired by Aleksandr Rudik

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Speeches to Connoisseurs of Poetry and Participation in Creative Unions
В In 2017-19, the President of the Fund, Mariya Aksyonova, held a series of speeches to connoisseurs of books and poetry. The speeches were held at many venues in Moscow, in particular, in the Central House of Artworkers, libraries, and the cultural center of the Armenian Embassy in Russia.

In the picture: the meeting of the Eurasian Creative Guild
Free Education Festival 2019
The Free Education Festival has shown not only a variety of forms of studying but also how different and sometimes difficult ways people go to their success in education. Both projects themselves and the organizations that help them: funds and accelerators – made a speech at the festival sections.

In the picture: Mariya Aksyonova, the President of the Fund; Mariya Maryasova, the Director of the EdTech Accelerator
Donating Books to Libraries
During the period from 2008 to 2019, more than 1,000 books were donated to libraries. As part of them, there are books from the series "Encyclopedia for Children Avanta +", a three-volume book "Do We Know Russian?", and a collection of poems by the poet of the Silver Age, Pyotr Yevdoshenko, who was found and reprinted within the project "From Oblivion ...".

The books were donated to the Russian House of Science and Culture in Berlin, the Giovan Pietro Vieusseux Library in Italy, as well as the libraries of Moscow, St. Petersburg and Crimea.

The first time the books were donated to 36 libraries in Moscow on the All-Russian Library Day on May 27, 2008. The event was covered in the "Culture Time" program.
The Book of the Week in Literaturnaya Gazeta –
"Do We Know Everything About the Classics of World Literature?"

"Who were the classics in reality? Academician of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, the Chief Editor of "Encyclopedia for Children Avanta +", a TV presenter, Mariya Aksyonova, tells about unknown details of writers' fates and their works", – Literaturnaya Gazeta writes (2018).

http://www.lgz.ru/article/-46-6667-14-11-2018/znae...



The Dictionary Day Was Held Within the Moscow World Book Fair
Recognized experts in the field of speech-language and culture: the polyglot Dmitriy Petrov (on the left in the picture) and the President of the Printing Pioneer Fund, Mariya Aksyonova (in the center in the picture), made a speech at the Dictionary Day.

They argued about changes in language rules in connection with creating "text message etiquette". Should the word «пичалька» (written with «и») already have the right to exist?
For Anyone Who Interested in Subtle Aspect of the Russian Language
A series of meetings with the President of the Fund, Academician of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, Mariya Aksyonova, was held in BIBLIO-GLOBUS, one of the most famous bookstores in Moscow, in 2013-16.

The students got acquainted with the history of sayings, the names of residents of different cities, the subtleties and paradoxes of the Russian language, learned about the unknown pages of famous writers' biographies and indulged in the atmosphere of literary creativity and enlightenment.
Meeting with Readers of the Book "Do We Know Russian?" at the Molodaya Gvardiya store
Meetings with readers of the book "Do We Know Russian?" were held at the Molodaya Gvardiya store, one of the iconic stores for book connoisseurs.

It was very joyful to see how people with excitement take part in a quiz on the Russian language, with what interest they listen to, and with what love they relate to the language and its roots.
"Do We Know Russian?" – Three Books Were Issued with the Same Cover
The Russian language has many winged words and phrases! We use them easily and naturally! Intuition and a sense of language have almost never let us down!

But the question "Why do we say in such a way?" sometimes makes us be deep in thought! Let's think together.

Why can print media be «жёлтая», and the market be «блошиный»?

How did the word «липовый» appear in the meaning of "fake"?

What mistakes do we "catch" from radio and TV airtime most often? And what mistakes did Pushkin work on? «Одеть» or «надеть»? «Сходить» or «выходить»? «Кушать» or «есть»? We endlessly correct and adjust each other. And after all, how is it correct to say?

It is difficult to speak perfect Russian. The main thing is to comprehend the logic of the language, be interested in its history and enjoy its beauty forever.
Meeting with Readers in the Bookstore on Vozdvizhenka
The President of the Printing Pioneer Fund met with readers of the book "Do We Know Russian?" and a quiz on knowing subtle aspects of the Russian language in the Moscow store on Vozdvizhenka.

In discussing the correct answers, readers shared with each other and learned from the author a lot of interesting and unexpected things about the language and the originating background for words, names, sayings, etc.
Literacy Round Table at the Moscow International Book Fair
A round table on literacy was held within the Moscow International Book Fair – 2012. The round table was attended by experts in the field of Russian language and book publishing, in particular, the Chief Editor of the Knizhnoye Odozreniye newspaper, Aleksandr Nabokov (on the right in the picture), and the President of the Fund, Mariya Aksyonova (in the center in the picture), as well as visitors of the Fair. There were proposals to introduce a publisher's responsibility for the quality of proofreading in the books published by him/her since it is no secret that visual memory is the strongest among most people and they remember the spelling of a word as they see it in books.
The Publication of the Three-Volume Edition "Do We Know Russian?"
Stories of words are more fascinating than any novel and more mysterious than any detective story. Why did a crow – a bird that certainly will not miss anything – become a symbol of thoughtlessness?

What words came to us from professional slangs?

Is using youth speak good or bad?

It is difficult to perfectly speak Russian. Even the most literate people make mistakes. The main thing is to try to correct them, comprehend the language logic, be interested in its history and enjoy its beauty forever!
Opening of the Monument to Arina Rodionovna
On December 20, 2008, a monument to Pushkin's famous nanny, Arina Rodionovna, was unveiled in the Borovsk District of the Kaluga Region in the territory of the Etnomir Cultural and Educational Center. The idea of creating a monument belongs to the writer Mikhail Zadornov.

He was supported by the Head of the Etnomir project, Ruslan Bayramov, and the President of the Printing Pioneer Fund, Mariya Aksyonova (with a microphone in the picture).
A Gift to the Vieusseux Institute in Italy
On March 17, 2008, in the most famous library in Florence belonging to the Vieusseux Institute, received a gift from the Printing Pioneer Fund – a book combining a collection of poems "Cascade Splashes" of the Silver Age poet, Pyotr Yevdoshenko, and a collection of poems "Blues of Emptiness" of his great-granddaughter Mariya Aksyonova. (Palazzo Strozzi, Florence).
A Gift to Moscow Libraries
The President of the Printing Pioneer Fund, Mariya Aksyonova, donated poetry collections of the Silver Age poet, Pyotr Yevdoshenko, to 36 libraries in Moscow on the All-Russian Library Day (May 27, 2008).

The book was found and republished within the Fund's project "From Oblivion..." and rightfully became the literary sensation of 2008.

The event was covered in the "Culture Time" program.
A Competition for the Best Proficiency of the Russian Language as Non-native
On October 27, 2007, the final ceremony of the competition was held in the building of the Faculty of Philology and Arts of St. Petersburg University. Svetlana Lavrentyeva, an employee of the Printing Pioneer Fund (in the center in the picture), took part in summing up and rewarding the winners. The Vice President of the Russian Society of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature (RSTRLL), the Dean of the special Faculty of Philology of St. Petersburg State University (SPSU), Yevgeniy Yefimovich Yurkov, is on the right in the picture.

The competition was held within the forum "Problems of Studying and Teaching the Russian Language as a Non-native (Second) Language" by the RSTRLL and SPSU. The main task of the competition is popularizing the Russian language. Many kind and sincere words were sounded from the stage. Participants of the competition proved their love for the Russian language and the ability to feel its internal logic, beauty and wealth.
Opening of the Exhibition "Russian People. Frank Talk" in the Russian House in Berlin
Having visited London, Glasgow, and Edinburgh, our Photo Exhibition reached Berlin. The opening of the Exhibition in the Russian House aroused great interest from all those who are partial to our country, our people and our language. The Exhibition was visited by people of different nationalities, ages, professions, and positions in society, but all of them were united by one thing: a sincere interest in life, thoughts, feelings of Russian people, and heroes of our Exhibition. From left to right in the picture: Mikhail Vladimir, Director of the Russian House; translator; Mariya Aksyonova, the President of the Fund.
Opening of the Photo Exhibition "Russian People. Frank Talk" in the Pushkin House
On October 15, a Photo Exhibition "Russian People. Frank Talk" was opened in the Pushkin House (London, UK).

The Exhibition was opened by Mariya Aksyonova, the President of the Printing Pioneer Fund. The opening ceremony was attended by the following people: the Director of the Pushkin House, Julian Gallant; a writer, a publicist and the Chairman of the UK-Russia Society, John Roberts; the President of the National Fund named after G.V. Sviridov, Aleksandr Sergeyevich Belonenko; a member of the Board of Trustees of the Pushkin House Fund, Irina Arsenyevna Kirillova; the Director of the All-Russia State Library for Foreign Literature, Yekaterina Geniyeva; employees of the Pushkin House; members of the public.
Opening of the Exhibition "Russian People. Frank Talk" in the Cultural Center of Florence
Mariya Aksyonova donated the Photo Exhibition "Russian People. Frank Talk" to Florence. The Exhibition was opened by Yekaterina Geniyeva (https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Гениева,_Екатерина_Юрьевна), Paolo Del Bianco (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paolo_Del_Bianco), and Mariya Aksyonova (https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Аксёнова,_Мария_Дмитриевна).

The Exhibition was opened in Auditorium, a cultural center of Florence. From here, it begins its journey through the cities of Italy

Opening of the Exhibition "Russian People. Frank Talk" in the All-Russian Museum of Applied, Decorative and Folk Art (Moscow)
On April 26, 2007, the Photo Exhibition "Russian People. Frank Talk" was opened in the hall of the All-Russian Museum of Applied, Decorative and Folk Art. We traveled to villages, talked with people, wrote down their stories and took their photos. As a result, a big Photo Exhibition was collected with quotes from the stories as notes under the photos...