The opening ceremony took place at the Chinese capital during the 10th China International Youth Arts Festival. Attending the event were representatives of the Chinese Culture Ministry, the Beijing City Hall, member states, observers and dialogue partners of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
“The effectiveness of bilateral relations is of strategic importance for creating the Silk Road Economic Belt, too. From the point of view of the large-scale international initiative cooperation of all agencies at the border plays a vital role in security,” noted representatives of the State Border Committee of Belarus.
On the first day of the media tour the reporters will travel to the Belarusian town of Ostrovets. They will visit the nuclear power plant information center and will be made familiar how the town where the Belarusian nuclear power plant's personnel will reside is being developed and expanded.
During the plain airs the young artists from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine will paint St. Sophia Cathedrals in Veliky Novgorod (Russia), Polotsk (Belarus) and Kiev (Ukraine). The paintings will be then displayed during an exhibition which will open in Polotsk on 2 September and will be timed to coincide with the 1155th anniversary of the town and the 500th anniversary of the Belarusian book printing.
The festival will feature a large-scale exhibition which will display the Belarusian education system as well. Belarus will be presented as the host of the 2019 European Games and the co-host of the 2021 IIHF World Championship together with Latvia. The exposition will also highlight Belarus' tourism potential, support of the youth and its community involvement.
In Belarus there are about 8,000 educational institutions of various types (from kindergartens to universities) that enroll about 2.3 million children, adolescents and students. This system employs more than 450,000 pedagogical personnel.
“The results of the tests across 11 subjects are 10-15% better this year than last year. This year we have started revising the compliance of tests with the school curriculum. This work will be continued,” Vasily Zharko said.