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21 January 2021, 09:58

Opinion: Star Expedition is an important youth project

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MINSK, 21 January (BelTA) – The Maksim Tank Belarusian State Pedagogical University (BSPU) has played host to the online dialogue “Preservation of the Memory about the Great Patriotic War as a Binding Thread between Generations” ahead of the international 56th Star Expedition campaign around the places of military glory and labor excellence, BelTA has learned.

The event was attended by representatives of educational institutions and museum workers of Belarus and Uzbekistan.

“The Star Expedition campaign around the places of military glory and labor excellence of the Belarusian people began in 1966. It is great that our pedagogical university has preserved this tradition. The Star Expedition has become an important youth project of civil and patriotic orientation. Its main task is to preserve and multiple the memory of the great feat,” said BSPU First Vice Rector Svetlana Kopteva.

According to her, originally the Star Expedition was held with the participation of representatives of universities of the Soviet Union, who started from their countries to meet in Belarus. “We preserved the name and traditions. Only now the campaign kicks off from one place, the Belarusian State Pedagogical University, and travel to different regions of the country,” said the first vice rector.

Svetlana Kopteva emphasized that the Star Expedition campaign has become international in recent years. The project has been supported by the BSPU partner universities from Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Azerbaijan. In addition, international students from Turkmenistan and China, who study at the university, take part in the event. “This enriches its program and the content,” she believes.

The 56th edition of the Star Expedition will take place on 27-29 January. Eight units (over 250 students and teachers) are set to visit Dzerzhinsk, Krupki, Luban, Slutsk, Soligorsk and Chervyen districts of Minsk Oblast and Lida and Novogrudok districts of Grodno Oblast. The campaign will feature meetings and flower ceremonies at mass graves of soldiers and civilians who died during the war, concerts in educational institutions of the regions, vocational guidance meetings with senior pupils, workshops and sport competitions. Along with Belarusian students, taking part in the Star Expedition will be BSPU students from China, Russia, and Turkmenistan.

“I am sure that such an event is useful for young people. They will not only remember it, but also use this unique experience in their future professional activities,” the first vice rector added.

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