New Year charity event Our Children

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Belarus is our common home and we should unite efforts to take care of it, as it is the best place in the world, President of the Republic of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko said at the opening of the New Year charity celebration for children held on 24 december as part of the nationwide campaign Our Children.

“You have certainly heard the catch phrase ‘Hurry up to do good deeds’. I urge not only adults to do that but our young citizens, too. It is the right time for good deeds. Just look around you to see what and how can be done better. We, the adults, promise you that we will take care of peace and prosperity in our land,” the President said.

Addressing participants of the celebration, Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed: “Every one of you can do something good for your country. Moreover, the year 2015 has been declared the Year of Youth so it is your year, too”.

“You know that it is very important to dream. Your devout wishes have one unique quality: they bring people together and, most of all, they make them better and kinder. It happens because all of us dream of the same things. All of us wish good health, happiness for our friends and families, prosperity for our country and peace for the entire planet,” Aleksandr Lukashenko noted.

The head of state pointed out that even kids, who have no interest in politics, may be aware of the fact that wars sometimes begin here and there. “And things are not so good very close to our home, in the home of our brothers in Ukraine. At least not in the entire Ukraine. Kids cry in some places over there. In some places people celebrate New Year in ways different from ours. This is why all of us wish the very best, kindness, peace and happiness to the kids, who are deprived of it today,” the President stressed.

Belarusians should work together in order to see their common dreams come true, stressed Aleksandr Lukashenko. “Certainly, it is not easy. The way to success cannot be easy but it can be very interesting,” said the head of state. In his words, a huge world of knowledge opens up before the younger generation of Belarusians. The Belarus President asked participants of the celebration to never miss out on learning opportunities. “It is necessary to learn, to acquire knowledge because knowledge is the foundation of your life. You can get this knowledge. You can go in for sports. You can learn how to play your favorite musical instrument, you can learn actor’s art, can learn how to write and draw,” Aleksandr Lukashenko pointed out.

The President also said he would like the children to find their hidden skills as soon as possible. “You may have some aptitudes that you know nothing about for now. Try to find them in yourself. Try and follow your heart without letting difficulties stop you,” the head of state said. “And remember that there will be very many hindrances ahead of you and overcoming these hindrances is the most interesting adventure and is always fun”.

“Do not think that you are still school students and are too young for great deeds. Great victories and great deeds begin with small accomplishments. Today you can take part in intellectual, creative or sport competitions, voluntary labor days, and all kinds of projects that your schools arrange,” Aleksandr Lukashenko summed up.

The President also touched upon the improvement of the education process. The head of state believes that the sixth day in school should be dedicated to interesting activities, like sports competitions, industrial arts, and crafts. “Children should study hard five days: mathematics, Russian, Belarusian, while Saturday should be the day for the things they love – sports and industrial arts,” the head of state believes.

In his words, there are suggestions to save schools from the trouble of collecting waste paper and scrap metal. “I remember my childhood and school years and I think: how can we mobilize children around a good cause? We collected waste paper and scrap metal and never got money for it. We competed with each other in that, because we wanted to make our country richer,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

“We need to do more good things that will benefit the state, companies, labor collectives, your parents and you,” he said addressing the attendees.

The head of state urged the young generation to cherish true friendship, because friendship has always been valued in Belarus. The President told children and youth people to appreciate real communication, because electronic devices and the Internet will never replace true friends, their support and sympathy.

“If you want our Motherland to become richer and more beautiful, you should love it and never abandon it. After all, if you love your home, this home will become more comfortable, beautiful and hospitable. Belarus is our common home and we should unite efforts to take care of it, as it is the best place in the world,” the Belarusian leader said.

In the run-up to the holidays, Aleksandr Lukashenko urged all adults – parents, educators and teachers – to dedicate these days to children. “Teach children something new, let them feel your support and involvement,” the head of state said.

The President traditionally takes part in the New Charity celebration which is held as part of the Our Children charity campaign.

In 2014 the New Year celebrations for children were attended by 2,370 children aged from 8 to 14 years from all regions of Belarus. Partaking in the event were orphans and children left without parental care, children with disabilities, kids from families with many children and low-income families.

Apart from that, the celebration in Minsk welcomed winners of school competitions, creative contests and sports tournaments, leaders of children’s public associations and organizations, students of the Fracysk Skaryna Belarusian secondary school in Vilnius.