BOBRUISK, 1 September (BelTA) – We need patriotic education in schools, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he talked to the media in Bobruisk on 1 September, BelTA has learned.
"It is needed. We know that is needed, and we will do it. We have made an appropriate decision. When making it we were guided not only by last year's events, although they did catalyze the decision. We realized that we were under-performing in this regard. We believed that there was no need to teach patriotism, that it was inherent. It turned out that we were not right," the head of state said.
He also spoke about the functions of military training instructors in schools. Their main function is to help ensure school safety and security and engage in military-patriotic education. "I would call them the main persons responsible for school safety and security. Security is akin to both patriotic and military-patriotic education,” the president said. “The main thing is safety and security at school. Children should feel safe and secure in schools and parents should not have any worries. Military training instructors should help the headmaster to ensure safety and security and to educate children in the spirit of this safety. Because you can put a security officer on every corner and still fail to ensure security if you don't teach children it,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
According to the president, these instructors should also know the school staff, troubled children and parents, and provide assistance to the headmaster. At the same time, military-patriotic education is the job of everyone: the family, the headmaster, the school and the entire teaching staff. “After all, it is impossible to raise a patriot alone. The appropriate environment is needed,” the president said