MINSK, 24 February (BelTA) – If a young person has a talent and a desire, he or she will surely implement their projects. Deputy Prime Minister Igor Petrishenko made the statement during the opening ceremony of the final stage of the tenth season of the youth project 100 Ideas for Belarus, BelTA has learned.
The official said: “The state has created all the conditions for the all-round development of young people. Special foundations of the Belarus president in charge of supporting talented youngsters have been operating for 25 years. Special scholarships for school students and university students are available. We will continue developing these tools. Regardless of where they live the kids, who are graced with a talent for inventions and innovations, have an opportunity to implement these projects, demonstrate them thanks to the important youth project that has existed in Belarus for ten years. If you have a talent and a desire, you will definitely implement your projects.”
About 15,000 proposals have been submitted by young Belarusians in the ten years the project existed, with about 3,000 proposals already implemented. “We hope that among the teams of the young Belarusians that come forward with their ideas there will be outstanding people, who will promote our science and other ideas in all aspects of the country's life. On behalf of the government I would like to congratulate the Belarusian national youth union BRSM on such a remarkable project. I would like to urge you not to stand still. I would like you to aspire for new endeavors, involve as many talented kids as possible. It is most important to realize these ideas in Belarus so that young Belarusians would stay here, get education. The future development of our country depends on you. May this project develop actively in decades to come, too.”
Over 1,200 applications were filed with the organizing committee in the tenth season of the youth project 100 Ideas for Belarus. As many as 80 district/zonal rounds took place in October-November 2020. Six rounds at the oblast level, the level of the city of Minsk, and a qualification phase at the level of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus took place in December 2020.
The final stage will name winners in two age groups – school and university students and young working Belarusians. Winners will be named in ten nominations: Energy, Including Nuclear Power, and Energy Efficiency; Agro-Industrial Technology and Manufacturing; Industrial and Construction Technology and Manufacturing; Medicine, Pharmacy, Medical Technology; Chemical Technology, Petrochemistry; Bio- and Nanoindustry; Information and Communication and Aerospace Technologies; Rational Use of Natural Resources and Deep Processing of Natural Resources; National Security and Defense Capacity, Emergency Prevention; Society, Economy and Social Sector.
The awards ceremony is traditionally the most anticipated part of the final stage of the contest. Every finalist will receive a certificate of participation. The winners will be awarded diplomas and branded statuettes. Winners will also be nominated for grants from the Belarusian Innovation Fund. The fund will provide ten authors of the most promising projects with resources for the development of business plans for their further participation in the annual national contest of innovation projects. The BRSM Central Committee will issue university admission recommendations for school students.
The 100 Ideas for Belarus project has been organized by the Belarusian national youth union BRSM and the State Science and Technology Committee with assistance of the Education Ministry.