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07 September 2022, 18:21

Opinion: Belarusians want to build a better understanding of their history

Vadim Gigin
Vadim Gigin

RECHITSA, 7 September (BelTA) – Belarusians seek to build a better understanding of their history in order to broaden their perspectives on the present and future, Chairman of the Board of the national public association Belarusian Society Knowledge Vadim Gigin told reporters at the dialogue platform of the national information and education campaign Belarus United that took place in Rechitsa, BelTA has learned.

The Belarusian Society Knowledge has been holding the campaign with the symbolic name Belarus United for the second time already. “In 2021 we focused on the social and political agenda, discussed civil society, political parties; these issues remain relevant. Yet, now we are discussing things through the prism of the Year of Historical Memory. We see the huge public reaction to the open lesson held by our president on 1 September. The head of state covered a broad agenda, including historical matters, and the feedback that we receive from various regions of the country suggest that Belarusians want to better understand their past, their history in order to wrap their head around their present and future. Indeed, it is impossible to see any perspectives without knowing history. It is rightly believed that history is the teacher of life. This is true. And we clearly saw this during the president's open lesson,” he stressed.

Vadim Gigin invited the audience to discuss a wide range of historical topics. “We are open, we will talk about any issues. A new social and humanitarian block “History of Belarusian Statehood” will be launched this year,” he said.

The discussion is complemented by extended multimedia presentations.

The dialogue platform of the national information and education campaign Belarus United gathered about 600 people in Rechitsa. The meeting opened a cycle of forums to be held in all regions of the country. The meeting in Rechitsa brought together ideology workers, MPs, representatives of public associations and political parties, as well as political scientists, experts, media personalities.

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