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Cuban Ambassador to Belarus commends importance of Belarus' pioneer organization

Society 19.05.2017 | 15:18

MINSK, 19 May (BelTA) – Both society and state benefit from the development of the pioneer movement, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Cuba to Belarus Gerardo Suarez Alvarez said during the international convention of pioneers in Minsk marking the 95th anniversary of the Belarusian Republican Pioneer Organization (BRPO), BelTA has learned.

Pioneer movement is very popular in Cuba. Literally all first-graders join the Cuban pioneer organization. Young pioneers get badges and scarves. First- to- third grade pupils get a blue scarf, fourth-to-sixth grade – a red one. The pioneers are taught collectivism, solidarity, and patriotism. These values enable children and youth to be full-fledged Cuban citizens.

“It is good that Belarus has managed to keep its pioneer association that unifies people on the basis of patriotism and other values for the good of the country. It is great that such traditions have remained in place,” Gerardo Suarez Alvarez noted.

Andrei Belyakov, First Secretary of the Central Committee of the BRSM Youth Union, member of the Council of the Republic congratulated the BRPO on the anniversary. “We are happy that Belarus has such an organization as the BRPO that can create a friendly atmosphere both for children and adults. When I first had a red scarf tied around my neck I felt very excited and proud. Proud for my fellows and my country. I believe that today the children are excited and proud just like me back then,” Andrei Belyakov remarked.

The BRPO is a public association that operates within the framework of Belarus' youth policy and collaborates with the Belarusian children's and youth public associations.

As of 1 January 2017 the BRPO comprised 2,843 pioneer teams and over 650,000 members (over 246,000 Little Octobrists and over 404,000 pioneers).

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