Grodno has been named the Youth Capital of Belarus–2021. To celebrate this event, the city hosted the Nationwide Forum “Belarus. Youth. Unity”, which took place from February 24th to 26th. The Forum gathered students, volunteers, young parliamentarians, secretaries of the Belarusian Republican Youth Union and vice-rectors of universities from across the country.
On February 24, Belarus Education Minister Igor Karpenko attended the meeting with the Forum participants. Highlighting the importance of organizing a high-quality teaching and learning process, Igor Karpenko said: “It is impossible to consider young people exclusively as recipients of information; they are active participants in the process of acquiring knowledge. And the learning and teaching process must be based on this approach. We can speak a lot about the importance of education, but if students don’t feel like studying, you can’t force them to study. There should be a personal commitment and a desire to learn, which can help them to start an independent life in the future”.
On February 25, the Philharmonic Hall of Mogilev Oblast hosted a solemn ceremony of passing the Youth Capital title from Pinsk to Grodno. As part of the celebration, an exhibition-presentation “Grodno – a city of opportunities for young people” was held, where the opportunities offered for young residents of Grodno were presented. After the official part, the participants took part in the following dialogue platforms:
“Belarusian Republican Youth Union – a new look”, attended by secretaries of the primary organizations of the Belarusian Republican Youth Union of higher education institutions and the finalists of the nationwide contest “Student of the Year”.
“Volunteer Movement”, attended by heads of volunteer centers of higher education institutions as well as young volunteers from all regions of the country. During the dialogue platform, the participants discussed the issues of creating a full-time position of volunteer center coordinator in universities, providing additional job placement benefits for volunteers and adopting a law on the volunteer movement.
“Youth Parliamentarism: new growth areas”, attended by representatives of the Youth Council at the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus and the Grodno Oblast Youth Parliament. The participants discussed the growth areas of youth parliamentarism. In order to cover a greater variety of topics, the Youth Parliament experts in different areas and directions were invited.
The nationwide seminar “I love Belarus” devoted to important aspects of the organization of extracurricular activities and ideological work in the education system of the country. In his address to the seminar participants, Education Minister Igor Karpenko stressed: “We have achieved a lot, but we mustn’t stop, we must set new goals. Modern forms of civic, patriotic, spiritual and moral education incorporated in the teaching and learning process should be supported in every possible way and used to form a strong sense of social and civic responsibility and high level of patriotism in young citizens of Belarus.”
As part of the celebration, the winners of the National Universiade were announced. The competition included 35 sports comprising 26 Olympic disciplines. The Belarusian-Russian University took 2nd place in the third group.