On June 27, the school contest “What do I know about Europe” ended with its final stage competition that was hosted by the Swedish embassy in Vilnius, Lithuania. The Office for a Democratic Belarus was among organisers and co-sponsors of the event. Team of school pupils from Brest, who won the 2012 contest, will be visiting Brussels on the invitation of our Office.
The contest has its roots back in 2004 and is built of a series of competition events for high school children where they show knowledge in history, culture and geography of the European continent with Belarus being part of it. Participating teams come from different parts of the country and include each five students and a supervisor.
This year fourteen teams took part semi-finals of the concurs in different cities of Belarus. Three of them made it to the final session in Vilnius – from Brest, Maladzechna and Mahiliou.
The Office for a Democratic Belarus took part in this project for the first time this year as part of the organizing committee and provider of the prize for the winners’ team. During the three-day visit to the capital of the EU – Brussels – children from Brest will see with their own eyes the EU institutions and listen about the role they play and how decisions are being made there. Cultural programme will include a tour of Brussels and a visit to one of its museums.