History of BelAU

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Belarusian UNESCO clubs appeared in 1989. They were not created spontaneously, like the first UNESCO Clubs in a worldwide movement, but found on the international friendship clubs which had been operating for many years in Belorussian Soviet Socialist Republic.

The main initiator and inspirer of the Belarusian Association of UNESCO Clubs creation became the chairman of the Belarusian Peace Fund, Ambassador for Peace - Egorov Marat Fedorovich. His initiative was supported by the Ministry of Education of BSSR, the Friendship Society, and of course, by the international friendship clubs.

The constituent conference was held on December 17, 1989 and it was proclaimed about establishment of the Belarusian Association of UNESCO Clubs. The organization included the most famous and active clubs at that time:

  • "Ditya mira", Brest, curator Dmitrieva E.V.
  • "Alye parusa", Minsk, curator Kashperko E.A.
  • "Planeta", Molodechno, curator Saenko V.V.
  • "Shock" (formerly "Druzba"), Brest
  • "Gagarintsy", Malorita

For 21 years of its activity the organization has traveled a long way of development. Clear organizational structure, the Secretariat, a system of communication with the UNESCO clubs in the regions have been established, the programs and projects have been developed . Two regional offices of the organization have emerged in Molodechno in Grodno. With its various activities NGO "BelAU" very quickly has became recognizable and popular organization.

For 21-year history our organization has had friendly relationships with many organizations and institutions in Belarus and abroad.

The important thing is that the organization has its unique image. The Belarusian Association of UNESCO Clubs, adhering to common traditions and aspirations of the World Movement, put an emphasise on work with the youth and creation special atmosphere which can be benefitial for every young person participated in our movement. We seek any young person learns to be active, courageous as well as responsible, knows about his rights and does not infringe the rights of others, and accepts ideas of peace, non-violence and his own health, as the highest values. One of the major goals of the organization - is to create conditions for self-realization of children, youth and adults.

Annually, experts of the NGO "BelAU" create new, often unique projects which satisfy modern youth requirements. More and more attention is devoted to information and Internet technologies.

Key dates of the organization:

December 17, 1989 - The constituent conference was held and it was proclaimed about establishment of the Belarusian Association of UNESCO Clubs. 

January 25, 1991 - The organization was registered by the Ministry of Justice of Belarus.

July 1991 - At the 3 World Congress in Dakar (Senegal), the NGO "BelAU" became a member of the World Federation of UNESCO Associations, Centres and Clubs with the right to vote. 

June 1995 - Participation in the IV Congress of the World Federation of UNESCO Associations, Centres and Clubs, Sinaia city, Romania. 

1997 - The members of the organization wrote the Anthem of UNESCO Clubs meetings. 

1997 - The official emblem of the NGO "BelAU" was created and registered by the Ministry of Justice . 

1997 - The organization was co-founder of the Belarusian Union of Youth and Children Public Associations "RADA".

1998 - The site of the NGO "BelAU" was developed.

July 1999 - Participation in the V Congress of the World Federation of UNESCO Associations, Centres and Clubs, Ekaterinburg, Russia. 

1999 - A new design stamp of the organization was produced and recorded . 

2001 - "BelAU" with other national Federations of UNESCO Centres and Clubs became a co-founder of the European Federation of UNESCO Associations, Centres and Clubs.

2001 - The organization joined the Coalition on tobacco prevention among the minors.

2003 – The NGO "BelAU" was elected to be the national coordinator of the Belorussion network of NGOs working with children.

2004 – The organization became a member of Belarusian National Youth Council (BNYC)

2006 - Grodno branch of the NGO "BelAU" was created.

2007 - The organization became a member of the Baltic Sea NGO network against drugs.

2008 - The organization became a member of the Association of HIV / AIDS NGOs "Belarusian AIDS Network"

2008 - The representative of the organization was included in the Executive Council of the European Federation of UNESCO Centres, Associations and Clubs.

2009 - Official badge of the organization was created and registered by the Ministry of Justice .

2010 - The first blog of one NGO "BelAU" project was created.

December 2010 - The organization joined the initiative of the UN Global Compact.

2011 - The first official pages appeared on social networking sites in the Internet.

2011 - Accreditation toEuropean Voluntary Service (EVS) 

Chronology of the organization’s programs:

1994 - Project «Hope»

August 1994 - A prototype of volunteer camps of the ganization , a youth labour camp of young politicians Belarus-Germany, Narochansky district.

January 1994 - The first Winter University of UNESCO Clubs (Winter Meeting), Minsk.

July 1996 - the first Summer University of UNESCO Clubs (summer camp of Belarusian UNESCO clubs).

October 1996 – The first booklet "Conflict Resolution: games and exercises" was published.

1997 - The program "School for leaders" on preparation of presidents and leaders of UNESCO Clubs, was launched under the auspices of the Ministry of Education of Belarus "

1997 - The project "Educational Seminar: Clinical methods in pediatric psychology" was launched with the support of Christian Child Fund. 

1997 - The beginning of organization activity in the field of HIV / AIDS, the implementation of the educational project "Pupils to pupils about AIDS prevention", with the aid of UNDP. 

July 1998 - The first linguistic camp "Bridge of the English language", Zhdanovichi

1998 - the Information Center for vulnerable groups of populations "Chance" in Minsk, with the support of UNDP started its work. 

May 1999 - The project "Change of sexual behavior (safe sex) of population of Belarus", with the aid of the UN / UNDP 

June 1999 - The first children's plein-air "Rainbow of Hope", Bobruisk. 

July 1999 - The first volunteer camp "Castles of Belarus", Mir, Grodno region.

1999 - The first manual for educators, teachers, psychologists of secondary school "HIV prevention in school", was published under the auspices of UNDP. 

2000 – The conference "The conflict and ways to resolve it" was held, Minsk. 

May 2000 - The NGO "BelAU" Secretariat and the UNESCO Club "Pramen", Grodno published the first issue of the organization newsletter.

2000 - The launch of the Belarusian-German project "Youth in journalism."

2001 - Program on Primary Prevention of Substance Abuse, with the aid of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime

2001 - implementation of the project on tobacco smoking prevention among the minors, "Life without tobacco", with the support of «British American Tobacco (Germany) GmbH»).

2002 - launch of the project "Children's Academy".

2002 - launch of the project "University of the Rights of child", with the support of the UN Children's Fund UNICEF.

2002 - launch of the project Belarusian Model UN.

2002 – Assistance to NGOs in the planning and implementation of activities on HIV and STDs prevention among the most vulnerable groups (MSM, SBW), with support of the UNDP.

2003 - with the aid of the WHO Regional Office the project on provision with medical services and information on HIV / STDs prevention to the women involved in sex work, at the frontier zone was launched.

2003 - with the support of JSC «JT International Luxembourg SA» the project on involvement of  parents in tabacco smoking prevention among the minors was launched.

2004 - expansion access for young people to services and information on reproductive health, under the auspices of the United Nations Population Fund.

2004 - with the support of "Philip Morris Services B.V." the brochure for parents on tabacco smoking prevention among the minors was published.

2004 - with the aid of the Partnetship Alliance "Counterpart" the project "To health through art, to knowledge through action" was launched

2004 - Launch of the project "Traditions of the Ancestors".

2004 - the project on provision with medical services and information on HIV / STDs prevention to the women involved in sex work, at the frontier zone was launched with the aid of the WHO European Regional Office, Open Society Institute.

2005 - with the support of JSC «JT International Luxembourg SA» the project on involvement of  parents in tabacco smoking prevention among the minors in the district centers was launched.

2005 – under the auspices of «Rothmans Central and Eastern Europe BV» the project on prohibition of tobacco sales to the minors and to limitation advertising was launched.

2006 – launch of the project " HIV / AIDS prevention and treatment in Belarus", with the support of the UNDP.

2007 - launch of the project "Reference book of the Belarusian organizations working on HIV / AIDS prevention", with the support of the CCF.

2007 - launch of the project "Enligthening program on healthy lifestyle in Chernobyl regions" with the support of the European Commission. 

2007 - launch of the project "HIV / AIDS / SDIs prevention among women providing sexual services on the routes", supported by the UNDP. 

2007 - launch of the project "Usage of Forum Theatre in HIV prevention among schoolchildren", with the aid of the UNESCO Office in Moscow.

2008- launch the project "Boomerang," with support of the UN Children's Fund UNICEF.

2009 - First Academy of UNESCO Clubs, Rodoshkovichi.

2009 - launch of the project "Usage of the cultural tools in HIV prevention in educational institutions by means of "Forum Theatre", with the support of the UNESCO Office in Moscow. 

2010 - launch of the project "Ensuring of HIV prevention and treatment to the most vulnerable groups of population"under the auspices of the UNDP.

2010 - launch of the project " HIV / AIDS prevention and treatment in Belarus -2", with the support of the UNDP.

2010 - launch of the program "Healing Magic", with the support of the IMF.

2010 – launch of the project, "Pilgrim".

2010 - launch of the project " Bridge of Chinese Language and Culture", with the aid of Education Department of the Chinese Embassy.

2010 - Implementation of the program "Social interns.

2011 - Implementation of the project "Bridge across generations."

2011 - Implementation of the project "Bridge of Spanish and Venezuelan culture, the Embassy of Venezuela.

2011 - Implementation of the project "Bridge of the Polish language and culture."

2011 - Implementation of the project "Bridge of the German language and culture."

2011 - Implementation of the project "Introduction of innovative forms and methods of youth work in the Belarusian UNESCO clubs", with the aid of the Street Law Corporation.

2011 - launch of the project "Extending rights and possibilities of young people vulnerable to HIV and prevention of stigmatization and discrimination of people affected by the epidemic", under the auspices of the UNESCO Office in Moscow.


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