Earth Charter news from Belarus

These are three short articles from Belarus translated by Marina Filippova.

Summer Camp of Sustainable Development Schools in Belarus

From 22-25 March, the Braslav State Gymnasium organized a traditional Spring Discussion Camp of Sustainable Development Schools. For four days, teams of students and teachers from 13 educational institutions in Belarus and Latvia cooperated with local residents and local administrations to develop a “homo activus” mentality required for bringing about changes to the world. The Discussion Camp helped the participants to work out interregional youth projects on sustainable development for the 12th youth and adult contest “The Earth Is Our Home”. The activities and topics included presentations of the groups’ initiatives and results, some geographical orientation, Sunday Sustainable Development Actions with the aim of improving the Euroregion “Ozerny krai” (the Lakes Region of Latvia, Belarus, and Lithuania), a philosophy café, Skype meetings, a discussion platform for kids and adults, as well as consultations and reflection.

Read more in Russian: http://brasgymnasium.ucoz.ru/index/vesennij_lager_2014/0-104

Final conference “Partnership Network of Sustainable Development Schools: inter-regional Collaboration and sustainable changes”

From 27 – 29 March 2014, the Academy of Post-Graduate Education in Minsk held the final Conference “Partnership Network of Sustainable Development Schools: Inter-regional Collaboration and Sustainable Change”.

During the three-day conference teachers and students from the “Partnership Network of Sustainable Development Schools”, assisted by national and international experts,  discussed the project and defined promising trends for expanding education to promote sustainable development in Belarus.  Among the speakers were deputy Minister of Education Alexander Zhuk, coordinating committee members Galina Veremaychik, Oleg Sivograkov, Dmitri Karpeyevich, and Belarusian Teacher of the Year Inessa Zubrilina. They inspired further discussions and opened possibilities for the youth initiatives.

Materials gathered by the participants served as a basis for the resolution adopted by the conference. It states that the project “Partnership Network of Sustainable Development Schools” has been completed. The Partnership Network of Sustainable Development Schools is now established and will take an active part in sustainable development processes.  The participants of the project are ready to increase activity and form a partnership community focused on organizing sustainable development activities for different groups.

Youth Media Festival “Youth Voice for Sustainable Development 2014”

On May 20 2014, The Earth Charter affiliate Youth International Education Club “New Line” in Belarus and Adobe Youth Voices Program / IEARN hosted the annual Youth Media Festival “Youth Voice for Sustainable Development 2014”, featuring over 20 media projects from all over Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine. All the projects are available at a specially created YouTube channel.

All Adobe Youth Voices Program participants having completed the Russian-language distance professional development course are welcome to take part in Media Festival “Youth Voice for Sustainable Development 2014” in absentia, participating in the projects here.

The Media Festival “Youth Voice for Sustainable Development 2014″organizers thank you for sharing your impressions per e-mail: [email protected]

Read more in Russian: http://gymn19our.blogspot.com/2014/05/ayv-2014.html