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PRESS RELEASE

OF THE FIRST BELARUSIAN NON-FORMAL EDUCATION FESTIVAL

From 15-th to 17-th of September 2006 First Non-Formal Education Festival was held in Minsk International Education Centre (IBB), Belarus.

Festival was meant to:

  • Gather people, running educational courses, seminars, study circles, trainings, round tables, vocational training etc.;
  • Present the best achievements in this field;
  • Discuss the perspectives and developments of the non-formal education of adults in Belarus.

Festival institutors:

  • Belarusian network of civic education organizations (ACE),
  • Support Program for Belarus of German Federal Government (FPB-Belarus) under direction of International Education Centre (IBB).

Over 50 organizations from Belarus, representatives from Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Ukraine and Russia took part in the Festival. For the first time over 150 professionals gathered to exchange ideas, experiences and contacts, organize interesting interactive happenings, get familiar with the presented organizations, educational programs, and methodological literature. Festival is a ground for serious professional conversation and open informal socializing at the same time.

The first and third days of the Festival was dedicated to the round tables on the actual topics, such as “Education for Sustainable Development”, “Non-Formal Adult Education for Socially Vulnerable Groups”, “Quality Criteria and Standards in Civic Education” etc.

The second day was open to the visitors and guests. The participants of the Festival held 14 workshops, representing their personal expertise and over 20 presentations of actual publications, educational courses and web-sites. In a short time span it was possible to fulfill the curiosity and learn the essence of non-formal education, by studying the stands and presentations of the participating organizations.

Irina Sukhiy, Steering committee co-chairman of the Festival, considers it a success: “During our Festival we managed to merge serious discussion of problems and perspectives of non-formal education development in Belarus with merry and festive ambience. During all 3 days the number of participants was constantly growing, even during the evening events we had full house, which shows sincere interest to the Festival. Participants adopted the Festival Resolution, and we hope that its’ ideas and suggestions will be heard and lead educational institutions, as well as the state, to some constructive actions”.

Additional information about the Festival (program, actions, resolutions etc.) can be found at the www.adukatar.net  web-site.

Contact the Steering committee:

+375 29 552 60 28 – Yegor Moroz

+375 29 399 97 89, 777 81 11 – Irina Sukhiy

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