“The programme was very intensive — lectures lasted from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily,” told MFF Deputy Chairman Kiril Staselka about the School.
According to him, an extra element was added in the School programme this year — the participants developed their individual projects. “We have received a number of proposals and interesting initiatives that can be implemented in the future,” mentioned Staselka who was one of the educational process organizers.
According to him, the participants visited a number of Polish public institutions and heard speeches by Belarusian experts, including Belsat TV channel newspersons and others.
Staselka summarized the participants as being 18 to 30 y.o. and coming from different regions of Belarus, including both regional centres and small towns. He says it was a strong group with a high level of education and motivation.
“The MFF Summer School had an interesting and rich programme this year, which was different from that of the last year not only by the topic (it was ‘A Close Power’ last year and it was ‘Belarus’s Place in Europe’ this year), but we also visited a number of government institutions, NGOs, met with Polish politicians, representatives of local governments, and had a meeting with the European Commission Representation in Poland,” said another of the School organizers, MFF member, and the head of ‘The Belarusian House’ in Warsaw Ales Zarembiuk.
He mentioned that the School had a new approach this year, with the first part being held at the regional level in Belarus. “As a result, we were able to recruit a very interesting, active, and aspiring group.”
“The young people have asked a lot of questions and were interested in various topics. Each meeting lasted more than it was scheduled because the Belarusian participants asked the lecturers and politicians to tell them more,” said Zarembiuk.