02.06.2017 Print

Guests and winnersThe 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) opened today the Exhibition of Children’s Drawings and Posters in the Museum of History of the City of Minsk.

The exposition contains the best works out of all submitted to the republican competition of children's art works, and it is one of the events devoted to World Refugee Day (20 June).

The Competition, based on the results of which the best drawings, posters and video clips are chosen, are organised 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) among children of schools throughout Belarus for the 15th time. Increasing the cultural awareness of refugee Finalist's paintingproblems, especially among children, prevention of latent discrimination, development of tolerance and mercy is stated as the main goal of the Contest and Exhibition. School children form 1st till 11th forms around whole Belarus were proposed to send drawings, posters and video clips dedicated to the refugee topic. The topic in 2017 resembles the motive of the previous year “We are different, we are together”. This year Organization Committee recieved over 1300 art works on the topic of displaced persons from all regions of the country. Refugee children also actively participated.

Aliaksandr Velikarodnau, Senior rogramme Assistant of the UNHCR Representation in Belarus, delivered an opening speech in which he emphasized the importance of such Contest and the necessity 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.

Valentina Mostovlyanskaya, Deputy Director of the Centre for Children and Youth Evrika (CCY Evrika), delivered welcoming speech and awarded the winners. The representative of CCY “Evrika” congratulated children with a victory in the competition, bestowed Afghan children on special prizes, who also participated in the Contest and a concert dedicated to the opening of the exhibition.

Galina Ladisova, Representative of the Museum of History of the City of Minsk, noticed the high level of works and noted that the competition is keeping pace with the tendencies of contemporary art, and she was glad to see many new art techniques presented in the works of the Contest.

Finalist's paintingIn addition, this year the editorial board of the newspaper "The Adolescence" awarded children with a special prize.

Throughout the awarding ceremony, the winners were pleased with the school children of the CCY “Evrika”: everyone present at the event liked songs and dances performed by children of different nationalities. And in spite of the inclement and windy weather, the atmosphere in the Museum was tolerant, friendly and warm.

Refugees… For them home is only a dream, which is destined ... to come true! Yes, for many people they became uninvited guests, but somewhere they found a second home, like in Belarus. Humanity, responsiveness, and friendliness are simple but vital phenomena and the main features for any nation. Now children and their parents from many countries continue searching for asylum. But no matter how many times this story is repeated, remember, friend: the whole world is in your hands!
CCY “Evrika”


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