Opening of the Exhibition of children’s art works  “We are different — We are equal”

On the eve of the World Refugee Day which is celebrated in Belarus for the 11th time, UNHCR in cooperation with the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus and the Center for Children and Adolescents «Evrika» organized and carried out competition of children’s art works “We are different — We are equal”. The implementer of this activity is the Center for Children and Adolescents «Evrika», which for several years has been engaged in its preparation, organization and conduction.

On the eve of the World Refugee Day which is celebrated in Belarus for the 11th time, UNHCR in cooperation with the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus and the Center for Children and Adolescents «Evrika» organized and carried out competition of children’s art works “We are different — We are equal”.

The implementer of this activity is the Center for Children and Adolescents «Evrika», which for several years has been engaged in its preparation, organization and conduction. This year the competition received a wide response from educational institutions of Belarus, the jury of the competition obtained approximately 1,500 works. Children reflected their vision of the refugee problem in their works. Through the participation in the contest children have learned about the problems refugees face in their live, and it teaches them to be tolerant and merciful.

On June 7, 2011 in the History Museum of the City of Minsk (Minsk, Revolutsionnaya str., 10) opening ceremony of the exhibition of children art works “We are different — We are equal” took place. Ms. Sholeh Safavi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Representative in the Republic of Belarus, Mr. Antonius Broek, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative, representatives of the United Nations Children’s Fund, Ms. Marina Mushnitskaya, Head of the Educational Department of the Administration of the Frunze District of Minsk, heads of refugee communities, the children whose works were recognized as the best, ensembles of the Center for Children and Adolescents «Evrika» participated in the opening ceremony.

At the opening ceremony Ms. Sholeh Safavi welcomed all those here present, congratulated the children with the end of the school year and the beginning of summer vacation. UNHCR Representative thanked the participants for their drawings, poems, short stories, for their participation in this creative contest. She noted that children, despite their young age, understand the current problems in the world, know about such people as refugees. In their works they reflected their vision of the world and showed that whatever is the race, whatever is the color of our eyes and hair, whatever is the shape of our eyes, we are all human beings, the inhabitants of our planet, we are all different, but at the same time, we are equal.

Ms. Sholeh Safavi thanked Ministry of Education, CCA «Evrika» for the support in organizing and conducting of the contest and the History Museum of the City of Minsk, which took in its hall paintings of such young artists. On the eve of World Refugee Day, once again we must remember that the world is full of colors; we are all different and have to respect this diversity and accept it.

Mr. Antonius Broek, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative, also greeted the guests and participants, thanked for the invitation. He noted that the UN is addressing the problems of refugees worldwide, including in Belarus. Looking at these refugee children who sing, dance, draw, continue to live side by side with Belarusians, we can say that they feel comfortable, despite the fact that apparently we all have different appearance.

After Ms. Marina Mushnitskaya, Ms. Svetlana Shmagorevskaya, Director of the Centre of Creativity for Children and Youth “Evrika”, Ms. Galina Ladisova, Director of the History Museum of the City of Minsk.

Alina Kryvonos from the village Bacevichi of Mogilev region wrote: “I want to encourage all people of our land to help people, who were forced to flee their country, to support them, to show them mercy and compassion, and instill faith, love and hope for the best into them. I think that only we, the people themselves with their hands and their good hearts can change and save this beautiful and sunny planet called the “Earth”. Perhaps now the fates of many refugees depend on us. Our positive attitude, compassion, love, hospitality, and mercy help them to feel more comfortable and peaceful in a strange country for them”.

Also performances of ensembles took place at the opening ceremony in the courtyard of the museum, and then all participants and guests entered the museum itself to see the children’s drawings. Of the 1500 drawings the jury selected the 100 best works, which decorate the walls of the museum. Children’s art work will be exhibited in the History Museum of the City of Minsk from 7 to 23 June 2011. 

Поделиться новостью