MINSK, 12 February (BelTA) – We need to strengthen the system of work with young people, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said when summing up the results of the 6th Belarusian People's Congress in Minsk on 12 February, BelTA has learned.
“You know what happens to our youth who are sometimes left one-on-one with the internet. Other ‘educators' - foreign ideologues and sometimes criminals - are working with them now. What is happening today with some of our children is a question not only for parents but for the entire education system. I urge the education system to wake up,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
He noted that the future development of Belarus largely depends on the quality of work with young people now. After all, you can adopt many laws, state decisions, programs, but they are not enough to foster patriotism in the younger generation. "Laws react to people's lives, establish order. But they never provide for all nuances. It all depends on the person. Much will depend on us, on individuals, on the people as a whole. Children and young people are our priority," the Belarusian leader stressed.
The Belarusian leader emphasized the crucial role of teachers and the education system in general. “You do not need to do moral teaching. Yes, sometimes there is a need for a lecture and sometimes you need to show your leadership skills, by a personal example,” Aleksandr Lukashenko.
The head of state cited student tours to local enterprises with demonstration of Belarusian products as a good example. “Children should be educated. They should be shown that we are a truly advanced nation and that we are able to produce such things. Perhaps, they will be less willing to go abroad. It is as simple as ABC. We need to wake up. The education system should do it in the first place,” the president said.
“I would reiterate this: if we do not take care of our children, others will. Then we will have to mark an end to the history of Belarusian independence,” the head of state said.