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22 January 2020, 17:50

Vitebsk to host commemorative event to mark end of Leningrad siege

Musuem in Secondary School No.28. Archive photo
Musuem in Secondary School No.28. Archive photo

MINSK, 22 January (BelTA) – The Vitebsk Oblast schools with the ‘peace school' status will hold a teleconference “Children of Peace - To Children of the War” to mark the end of the siege of Leningrad on 27 January, BelTA learned from organizers of the event.

The commemorative event was initiated by Secondary School No.28 of Vitebsk. The school has been running Belarus' only exposition dedicated to the end of the siege of Leningrad for three years. It unites the Leningrad siege survivors living in the region and beyond.

The siege survivors and the school's young peacekeepers will hold the teleconference with students from four other schools in the region. They will be joined by representatives of the Vitebsk city veteran organization of Leningrad siege survivors, Vitebsk regional branch of the Belarusian Peace Fund, the general directorate on education of the Vitebsk Oblast Executive Committee, students and teachers of Olga Bergholz Secondary School No.340 of St. Petersburg. Participants will discuss the recollections of the siege survivors from Belarus and Russia and will learn more about the peace schools project and the activities of Secondary School No.28 of Vitebsk.

“Preparations for the commemorative event began with a children's drawings event: ‘Siege of Leningrad through the children's eyes' and the essay competition ‘Children of Peace – To Children of the War' in early January. The best works will be presented at the War Wall exhibition, which will be put up during the event and the teleconference,” the school noted.

Secondary School No.28 of Vitebsk was awarded the ‘peace school' status on 24 October 2019 - the day of the UN founding. For several months young peacekeepers carried out a series of charity events for the city social institutions and veterans, visited the Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City in Moscow Oblast and held a patriotic event together with the peacekeeping company of the 103rd Independent Guards Airborne Brigade.

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