02.06.2016 Print

 The Exhibition of Children’s Drawings and Posters within the framework of the republican competition of children art works opened today at the Museum of the History of the City of Minsk. The event is devoted to World Refugee Day (20 June). The Competition and Exhibition are organized jointly by the Representation of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in the Republic of Belarus (UNHCR), Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus and Centre for Children and Youth Evrika (CCY Evrika). All the best art works are presented to the audience.

The Representation of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in the Republic of Belarus (UNHCR), Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus and Centre for Children and Youth Evrika (CCY Evrika) held this Competition for the 14th time. During this Contest among works of school children form 1st till 11th forms around whole Belarus the best drawings, posters and video clips are chosen. Increasing the cultural awareness of refugee problems, especially among children, prevention of latent discrimination, development of tolerance and mercy is stated as the main goal of the Contest and Exhibition. Pupils of 1st till 1th forms were suggested to participate in the Contest with drawings, posters or video clips dedicated to refugees. The topic in 2016 is “We are different, we are together”. This year Organising Committee recieved 1220 drawings, 65 social video clips and 242 posters from all regions of the country. Children refugee also participated actively.

Aliaksandr Velikarodnau, Programme Assistant of the UNHCR Representation in Belarus, delivered an opening speech in which he emphasized the importance of such Contest and the neсessity of awareness-building work on refugee problems in the future. In the countries torn by war or conflict, children can not experience a joyful childhood and have to flee to find a safe place to live in. There are over 500 children residing in Belarus who once had to leave their homes, hoping for a peaceful future. The vast majority of them came from Ukraine, Syria, and Yemen. The Representative of UNHCR in Belarus pointed out that it is important to remember that refugees are not numbers, they are individuals and thanked all participants for their works by which they confirmed their willingness to help refugees.

Svetlana Shmagorevskaya, the “Evrika” Centre Director, and Valentina Mostovlianskaya, the “Evrika” Deputy Director on Educational Work, awarded the winners on behalf of CCY “Evrika” and congratulated children with holidays.

Galina Ladisova, Representative of the Museum of the History of the City of Minsk, noticed the high level of works and also congratulated participants with the begging of summer and International Children’s Day.

All visitors during the award ceremony enjoyed dances and songs performed by children engaged in CCY “Evrika” activities.

Exhibition is open for visitors until June, 26.

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