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New opportunities for children from the Chernobyl-affected District

Today, in Veliky Bor kindergarten / secondary school named after B.I. Sachenko (Khoiniki District, Gomel Region) the first ever children handicrafts fair was held under the EU/UNDP project "Combat the Negative Effects of the Chernobyl Disaster in Belarus”.

The organization and running of the handicrafts fair was initiated and carried out by the local children themselves. All handmade articles were created during the extra activity classes:  beads crafts, dressmaking courses, embroidery, as well as technical creativity, pyrography. The classes were opened at school as a result of successful implementation of the local initiative.

During the handicrafts fair the young craftsmen showed master–classes forguests, shared their skills and ideas about the creation of new handicrafts and embroidery.

Local pupils had an opportunity to sell their best works while then guests of the event and representatives of the school and inhabitants of Veliky Bor village themselves had an excellent opportunity to buy memorable gifts and souvenirs.

It was the first business initiative undertaken by the local children, that encouraged the youth to be more dynamic and active and learn to be independent. As Vitaly Shevchnko, deputy chairman of Khoiniki District Executive Committee said, «trade and craft – oriented education in schools is an essential step towards the future success in children’s grown–up life».

During the opening event representatives of the local school and Singing of memorandum the Center for Business Support based in Khoiniki town have signed the Memorandum of Understanding confirming their willingness to cooperate and help the children sell their handmade crafts.

The festival event was followed by the concert dedicated to the International Children’s Day with participation of local children.

Additional Information: To date, Veliky Bor village counts more than 160 children. The village is situated far away from the Khoiniki town. Its local school is considered to be the center of social life in the village. A newly–opened extra–curriculum activities class will allow to develop the kid’s potential and skills in woodcarving, pyrography, creating new designs from threads and beads, crocheting and many other areas.

For more information, please contact Alena Sedach, PR Specialist of the project, tel. (+375 17) 256 14 57, mobile: (+375 44) 786 55 56, e–mail:

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