MINSK, 29 June (BelTA) – It is important that educational institutions pay due attention to the work with the youth, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with prominent Belarusian educators on 29 June, BelTA has learned.
“If we neglect our kids, they will be taken up by other ‘mentors'. This will put an end to the history of independent Belarus, as the country's future is in the hands of our children,” the head of state said.
Aleksandr Lukashenko expressed regret that the work with the youth is not as good as in the Soviet times. “Each university, institute and department should have a set of such mechanisms. There should be an interesting alternative to a virtual life,” the president noted.
“You know what happens with young people who are left alone in the information space. Let me be frank with you: other mentors, foreign ideologists, and sometimes criminals are taking care of them. We all, our entire educational system, share responsibility for the things that are going on with some of our kids,” the Belarusian leader said.
He also urged to teach students to analyze and make their own conclusions, go beyond the curricular and learn additional skills. “However, they should stay in touch with the official ideology. Do not be afraid of this word. Name a least one strong and self-sufficient state that neglects this matter,” the president said.