18 million lessons and 380 thousand participants: the Moscow Longevity project turns three years

March 3
Social sector

In March, the Moscow Longevity project turns three years. For the period of its existence, it has become the largest program for the leisure, education and recovery of the older generation. The project keeps on evolving, introducing new classes and mastering modern technologies.

During the pandemic, the program successfully passed into a remote format, continuing to evolve and fulfill the dreams and desires of the participants. In October 2020, two new online directions, such as "Literary Workshop" and "Online Tours" ("Walking Lecture Hall") were opened. The latter direction allowed Moscow residents to make virtual tours to 20 cities in Russia, Europe and Asia.

“The online format has become a good alternative to face-to-face training for participants and suppliers. Despite the fact that the older generation was at risk during the pandemic, the project did not stop its working for a single day and helped the Moscow residents of the “silver” age to maintain physical activity and good spirits during the most difficult days of the home regime. In addition, it became a good financial support for suppliers during the period of current restrictions,” Evgeny Struzhak, head of the Moscow Department of Labor and Social Protection, told.

During a pandemic, there has appeared an opportunity in the project to sign up for classes on the mos.ru portal. Over four months, more than four thousand people took advantage of this opportunity. In 2021, Moscow Longevity will keep on developing digital services, inter alia for supplier companies.

Now the distance classes for project participants are conducted by 622 companies, of which 397 are public and 225 are non-public ones. More than 76 thousand people regularly attend online classes.

The most popular online direction is gymnastics, dance and English take the second place, the third place belongs to “Online Tours” and beauty and style lessons. Distance classes are most actively attended by Moscow residents aged 60–70, but there are also participants from 80 years of age and older. The project includes 3.6 thousand of them. More than 90 percent of the program participants are women.

For three years, nearly 18 million classes were held as part of the project. Both public and non-public companies are involved for their arrangement. Before the pandemic in 2019, a record number of suppliers joined the project - 1440, with the main growth coming from non-public companies. Their number has almost tripled.

Along with the participants in Moscow Longevity, the project curators and teachers keep on improving and acquiring new skills. In 2021, it is planned to conduct training for more than 1.3 thousand employees of the longevity team, as well as sports coaches of the Russian State University of Physical Education, Sports, Youth and Tourism. Moreover, an online training course is being prepared for all teachers of the program, which will provide methodological recommendations for training representatives of the older generation.

Face-to-face meetings as part of the project will resume as soon as the epidemiological situation allows. At the same time, for the sake of participants’ convenience, online classes will continue after the pandemic.

The Moscow Longevity project is an integral part of the city life. Since 2018, more than 380 thousand Moscow residents of the older generation have joined it. Citizens attend classes for free in various directions - from gymnastics to computer technology, from foreign languages to arts and crafts. At the beginning of the project, 12 directions of study were available for Moscow residents, now there are more than 30 of them.

Source: mos.ru

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