October 2018

Learning to act: the contribution of non-formal education to local development will be discussed in all regions of Belarus


The public campaign "Learn to act" will be held from 18 to 28 October 2018 for the first time in all regions of Belarus, aimed at promoting non-formal and civic education in the regions of Belarus. The campaign will be held in the format of a Caravan-organized movement of a group of experts, organizers and volunteers – and includes a series of events (presentations, workshops, open discussions, round tables) in different parts of Belarus. Caravan "Learn to act" will come to Vitebsk, Minsk, Gomel, Grodno, Brest, Gomel, Bobruisk, Pinamontsi village, the urban village of Lyntupy.

With the entry into force of the Education Code of the Republic of Belarus in 2011, we can talk about the emergence of such an independent field of education as “additional adult education”. In fact, under adult education at the moment is meant any organized adult education, and not just a system of advanced training and retraining, as it was before. Legislative consolidation confirms the right of an adult to receive formal (with the issuance of documents of the state sample) and non-formal (organized education, but without certificates and diplomas) education for personal purposes, to participate in the local community, to increase the chances in the labor market, etc.

“However, it’s not enough to have the right,” said Galina Veremeychik, Head of The Representative Office of the German Adult Education Association in the Republic of Belarus - The state and society should create conditions for the realization of this right for everyone, regardless of place of residence, level of education and income, sphere of interests. In practice, this means that people who live in the regions should have the opportunity to attend training courses, seminars, circles and other forms of formal and non-formal education near the house. Subjects of training should not be limited to the development of professional knowledge. Because an educated person can benefit not only himself, but also the Belarusian society. This is our interest. All local community resources should be maximally used for lifelong learning, including non-formal and civic education”.

The caravan "Learn to act" is aimed at discussing the availability of additional adult education in Belarusian regions and expanding cross-sectoral dialogue and strengthening cooperation between non-profit organizations, initiative groups, local authorities, educational, scientific and cultural institutions and the media.

Along with the discussion of current problems and prospects for their solution, the Caravan will present the results of 17 mini-projects, during which large and small initiatives organized training for people with disabilities, developed additional education centers in rural areas, improved the skills of the coaching community, developed recommendations for the development of adult education in specific areas.



  • Specialists in the field of additional and non-formal education, representatives of public organizations, local authorities, educational and cultural institutions, as well as a wide range of stakeholders are invited to participate in the activities of the caravan "Learn to act".

  • A detailed Caravan program and links to the application form for individual events can be found www.karavan.adukatar.net

  • Organizers - The Representative Office of the German Adult Education Association in the Republic of Belarus and the Association for further education and training.

  • The organizing Committee of the Caravan included more than ten organizations and agencies, including the national Commission of Belarus on UNESCO Affairs (DFA) and the State educational establishment "national Institute for higher education"; educational Establishment "Republican Institute for vocational education"; Educational and human resource center "Novoe zavtra", a member of the house of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus Starinskaya Tatiana.

  • The public campaign "Caravan" will be held in 2018 for the first time, it was preceded by Weeks and Festivals of non-formal education, which have been held in Belarus since 2005. The week of non-formal education (2005-2011) demonstrated the achievements, forms and methods of non-formal education, organized discussions on the role of non-formal/additional education of adults and young people in the Belarusian society. The Non-formal education festival (2006-2016) has become a traditional demonstration platform for the exchange of experiences between non-formal education providers and other stakeholders. Both weeks and festivals were aimed at drawing attention to the prospects of development of additional education in the Belarusian regions.

  • The "Learn to act" project is funded by the European Union and co-financed by DVV International (from the Federal Ministry for economic cooperation and development).


For more information, please contact:

+375 29 672 41 19 (Andrew)+375 29 171 93 97 (Inna).