Sverdlovsk Governor Eugene Kuyvashev awarded the best teachers in the Middle Urals for 2014 on Wednesday.
This is the fifth year the area has celebrated its best teachers. The contest comprises six categories, including college instructors, correctional educators and kindergarten teachers. This year 18 teachers were recognized in a public ceremony.
Each first-place winner received approximately $4,000 U.S. Second and third place winners received between $2,000 and $3,000 U.S. They also received plaques and gifts.
The public event celebrated the teaching profession as a whole for its ethical and moral influence on society. All innovation, technology and economic growth can be attributed to teachers.
Kuyvashev formally recognized the teachers. He emphasized the importance of supporting educators in the Sverdlovsk region. Kuyvashev said all community leaders should make this support a priority.
One-third of the regional budget is dedicated to Sverdlovsk’s educational system each year.
The sum designated for education in 2015 is approximately $843 million U.S. The funds are used to purchase laboratory equipment and textbooks, repair school buildings and cover other costs.
The area recently organized a Ural Engineering School program scheduled to begin in 2015.
Educational experts hope this and similar programs will influence students to attend college.