|Name:||The Central Go School|
|Organisation:||Moscow Go Federation|
The number of Go players in Russia has increased steadily during the last five years, especially outside the major cities. At the same time, access to learning and training Go is not good enough. We don't have a lot of strong Go teachers in such a vast country like Russia. For people from small cities there is only one way to study Go - the Internet. However, a year ago the EGF Academy limited the number of participants from one country.
This situation motivated Russian Go teachers to join forces and create an Internet Go school - The Central Go School.
We split our students into groups of six people each. There is a lessons + tournament system: in each group, the two top performers go up, and the two bottom places go down. All students can join any lessons in the school and watch videos afterwards. Students also get weekly homework assignments and all group winners get bonus classes with teachers.
Our participants are children and adults alike, with playing strengths ranging from 20 kyu up to 3 dan. Students come from all parts of Russia - from 9 different time-zones! There is a special group for the Far-East, with convenient times for the lessons. The national Russian Youth Teams of Under 9 years old Under 12 and Under 16 have special access to the School, with support of the Russian Go Federation.
At the same time, the Central Go School effects many cities and Go clubs spread through Russia. We invite all Russian-speaking participants; we have, for example, Israeli and Spanish students that speak Russian.
Most of our Masters are well-known teachers of children: Timur Sankin 6 dan (Moscow), Elvina Kalsberg 4 dan (St. Petersburg), Gusel Surma 3 dan (Kazan). Their pupils are some of the strongest players in Russia and Europe in the categories of Under 9, Under 12 and Under 16. One of our teachers is a young Go talent - Vyacheslav Kaimin 6 dan, who is the Under 16 and Under 20 Champion of Europe. Sometimes we invite Ilya Shikshin 2 dan professional to provide Master-classes for our top-group students.
Main aims are:
A teacher becomes successful when a student surpasses the teacher. We hope this will often happen in our school.
We believe that it is very important to organise helpful and financially successful Go projects. This will make the work of our teachers more professional and will show that working with Go can be profitable. More Go professionals means more Go fans.
Current intended target groups: children and adults with playing strengths ranging from 20 kyu up to 3 dan.
Project start: 2017-10-02
First season (Autumn): from 2017-10-02 until 2018-01-10
Second season (Spring): from 2018-01-22 until 2018-05-16.
To be continued... We are planning to have at least two seasons per year.
We use several instruments:
Some results after Autumn and Spring seasons:
Seven teachers who each spend 2-3 hours per week.
One administrative person – spending about 10-15 hours per week.
The School doesn’t have any sponsors yet. Each student pays for himself.
The Russian Go Federation pays for 20-25 students.
We have progressive scale of education fees, depending on duration of stud and the particiopant' s Go-level.
After two seasons, revenues and expenses are about equal
We aim to provide good quality Go-education for students.
Improving the skills of our teachers is important. We need to extend a Japanese, Chinese and Korean experience in our education, Go books, and train our teachers in the Orient and provide master-classes of Oriental professional players in Russia.
If we win the 2018 Worldwide Iwamoto Awards, we will use 50% of the prize-money to upgrade our website and 50% to invite special guests – high level Go players for master-classes with our students.