"Будущее без войны и ненависти"

On 2 July the awarding ceremony of the competition “Future without war and hate” took place. The competition was dedicated to the 70thanniversary of Belarus’ liberation from Nazi occupation, and its goal was to foster feelings of patriotism and involvement in Belarus history.

The competition was also held in the framework of the Council of Europe “No Hate Speech Movement Campaign”, which aims at combating racism and discrimination in the online expression of hate speech by equipping young people and youth organizations with the competences necessary to recognize and act against such human violations.

The winners of the competition were selected from a large number of participants, representing different universities of the Republic of Belarus. There were two major nominations: an essay and a social video-clip.

The winners in the essay nomination:

1st place – Vadim Kasperovich, “Is the war really over?” 2nd year student of the Belarusian State Technological University;

2nd  place – Natalia Hvizyuk, “Why should we remember the war?” 4th year student of the Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics;

3rd place – Karina Tomina “Always remember”, 2nd year student of the Belarusian State Technological University.

The winners in the video-clip nomination:

1st place – Natalia Solongina, “Forgive me, grandfather”, 2nd year student of  the Academy of Public Administration under the Aegis of the President of the Republic of Belarus;

2nd place – Ekaterina Stepanenko, “War”, 3rd year student of  the Academy of Public Administration under the Aegis of the President of the Republic of Belarus.

During the awarding ceremony the winners discussed topical issues with representatives of the Department for youth of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus, Belarusian State University, and the Council of Europe Information Point in Minsk.