June 2019

Results of the mini-project contest "Development of adult education in the Republic of Belarus" and selection for participation in the "Learning Cities and Organizations" Program

In May, the winners of the mini-project contest "Development of Adult Education in the Republic of Belarus" and the participants of the Program "Learning Cities and Organizations" in 2019 became known.

Initiative groups from the urban settlements of Zelva, Korma, Minsk, Gomel, Slutsk, Smarhoni and Vitebsk participated in the Learning Cities and Organizations Program. The latter, by the way, has already officially received the status of a learning city and now plans to continue working in this direction. In the near future, the winners will begin to develop a development plan as a "learning city"/"learning area", will strengthen the capacity of the initiative group, promoting the ideas of the "learning city" / "learning area", will work out possible models of adult education center in relation to their local conditions. Having passed the main stages of the programme, the participants will be assisted, if they wish, in preparing to join the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities.

92 applications were submitted to the mini-project contest "Development of adult education in the Republic of Belarus", of which 25 - to Lot № 1 "Learning City of Vitebsk", 45 - to Lot № 2 "Development of Adult Education Centers", 22 - to Lot № 3 "Access to education in the penitentiary system and training for social adaptation of persons released from penitentiary institutions".

The winners of lot #1 "The Learning City of Vitebsk" were the mini-projects "Knowledge Economy" (Republican Scientific and Technical Library and "Second Life" (Vitebsk United Organization of the Public Association "Republican Association of Wheelchair Handicapped Persons") .

Within the framework of the project "Knowledge Economy", educational programs of different directions will be developed, thanks to which more than 50 specialists of scientific-technical sphere and tourism sphere will receive training. On the basis of the Vitebsk Scientific and Technical Library, a "Professional English Club" will be created, which is planned to continue on a permanent basis after the completion of the project.  

The project "Second Life" is aimed at promoting social rehabilitation of people with disabilities and elderly people through four diverse training programs.  

The winners of lot #2 "Development of Adult Education Centers" were organizations from the urban settlements of Lyntupy, Krasnopillya, Stoilly village and Bykhov town.

Adult education centers are designed to ensure the accessibility of a wide range of educational programs for adults in the regions, contribute to the development of local communities and promote employment and self-employment of the local population, promote access to education throughout life, development of personal skills and professional competences. They should provide a wide range of educational services - from training in crafts, home floriculture, assistance to people with dementia to the basics of entrepreneurship, etc.  

The winners of lot #3 "Access to education in the penitentiary system and training for social adaptation of persons released from penitentiary institutions" were the mini-projects "School of happy family", Gomel regional public association "Social projects"), "New stage" (International public association "ECOPROJECT"), "Expansion of access to education for women serving sentences for their successful re-socialization". (Business Women's Club).

Within the framework of the mini-project "Expanding access to education for women prisoners for their successful re-socialization", a "Sewing workshop" will be organized and equipped, which will ensure the sustainability and continuity of the sewing skills training process in FTI No. 1, as well as a series of training activities aimed at increasing the potential of released women in the labour market.

The Gomel regional public association "Social Projects" plans to establish a club "School of a happy family" for convicted women with children of various ages and wishing to restore child and parental relations.

Within the framework of the "New Stage" mini-project, a system of eco-friendly practices will be introduced in the penitentiary institution and practical training on the system of "equal teaches equal" will be conducted, which will help to develop socialization skills in modern society by transferring knowledge about sustainable development and eco-friendly lifestyle.

On 23 May, the Johannes Rau International Education Center in Minsk hosted a kick-off meeting for the winners of the mini-projects competition and the Learning Cities and Organizations Program.

Within the framework of the meeting, the teams of mini-projects got acquainted with each other and the priorities of the Representative Office for 2019-2021, got acquainted with the nuances of financial and analytical reporting, and discussed some issues of registration of foreign donations. Participants of the Learned Cities and Organizations Program.