The school is set to open for 465 boys and girls on 1st September.
The decision to rebrand the school and incorporate it into KFU was finalized on 28th May. Rector Ilshat Gafurov said that this ties in nicely into the University’s Teacher 21 strategy and provides new opportunities to children. This has become especially pertinent since all educational institutions encountered a steep challenge in transitioning to distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. For Kazan University, the process has proven to be quite smooth thanks to the existing ecosystem of electronic resources and online presence. 137 million rubles were allocated from the budget of the Republic of Tatarstan to refurbish and renovate Yelabuga School N 5, currently known as the University School.
School Principal Kamill Gareev explains, “Full replacements of communications, electric wiring and equipment is just the beginning of the long list. It’s easier to say what hasn’t changed – the walls and the foundation. Everything else has been fully renovated and replaced. Corridors and public spaces were repainted and redesigned with extensive help from child psychologists. Comprehensive digitization should serve as our response to the coronavirus challenge. Each classroom has multimedia equipment, a camera, a powerful workstation, a stable and high-speed Internet connection. The system has full access to educational resources provided by Kazan Federal University.”
The four pillars of future success, as Gareev says, are best principles of teaching, a roadmap of the university-school partnership, transfer practices, and a model of personal growth of educators and pupils. The latter is the key to fully facilitate everyone’s personal potential.
The School is set to host the August Teaching Conference, the first large-scale on-site social event at the University after continuous easings of the coronavirus restrictions.
Source text: Media Center
Translation: Yury Nurmeev