Learn to Act

About of project:

Project Period: 01.02.2016 – 31.03.2019

Budget: € 838,606.08, ЕU contribution: € 631,019.08

Implementing Agency: Institute for International Cooperation of the German Association of Folk High Schools (in Belarus, via the Country Office of Deutscher Volkshochschul-Verband e.V. (Germany)

Partners: Association of Lifelong Learning and Enlightenment (Belarus), Folk High School in Cham (Bavaria, Germany)

Location: Belarus, Germany


For many Belarusians, education ends with leaving school or graduating from university.  However, extended and lifelong education is gaining popularity around the globe. Following enactment of the Educational Code in Belarus in 2011, the term 'extended adult education' acquired a broader definition; now it applies both to advanced training and to all kinds of organized training, including non-formal.

Goals and Objectives: The Learn to Act Project was developed within the EU Thematic Program titled "European Neighbourhood Instrument", and it helps Belarusians to exercise their right to lifelong education. Its goal is to expand the options for lifetime education with resources from non-governmental organizations and local initiatives in the regions, and the development of NGO networks and their interaction with local authorities.

Intermediate Outcomes: 3 Resource Centers on adult education development function in Homieĺ, Viciebsk and Hrodna to support educational NGOs: over 100 educational and informational events were held by public organizations-partners of the center; 15 long-term educational programs of various kind were held for the general adult public.

44 educators for adults and 24 managers in the field of running educational projects and fundraising for NGOs were trained.

49 participants became members of the Club of Educators – a community of trainers, specialists and experts in the field of non-formal and civic education.

77 representatives of various initiative groups in all Belarusian regions were trained within the “School for grassroot initiatives” – an educational course to prepare the representatives of local initiative groups for the registration of their non-governmental organizations.

12 educational mini-projects for vulnerable population groups, as well as 5 advocacy mini-projects promoting the topic of non-formal and civic education in all regions of Belarus were implemented:

The number of the participants involved: 2149 people.

Regions involved: Brest, Viciebsk, Homieĺ, Hrodna, Minsk, Mahilioŭ regions and regional centers; Karma, Ščučyn, Brest, Lida, Krasnapollie, Liozna, Haradok, Viciebsk, Dziaržynsk districts; Lida, Ščučyn, Smarhoń, Babrujsk, Polack, Liubań, Lyntupy.

Topics: ecology, financial literacy, vocational training, civic activism, adult education, social entrepreneurship, culture and folklore, handicraft.

Forms of work: online courses, research, workshops, festivals and conferences, video products, webinars, presentations, consultations, self-help groups etc.

Target groups: residents of rural areas, people with a low level of education and income, women in difficult life situation, unemployed, retired people and people with physical restrictions, regional activists, ex-prison inmates, people with mental illness or intellectual disorder.

Points of Contact:

Bettina Brand, Project Manager

+ 49 228 9756962, brand@dvv-international.de

Inna Kravchonok, Project Manager in Belarus

+375 17 207 98 35, +375 29 171 93 97, kravchonok@dvv-international.by

Internet Link: http://www.dvv-international.org.ua/belarus/projects/2017/learn-to-act/