Learn to Act

About of project:

Project Period: 01.02.2016 – 31.01.2019

Amount: € 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)

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: Under the Project, adult education trainers/consultants from all regions of Belarus will be trained in the Educators’ School. The Managers’ School provides a series of workshops for representatives of NGOs engaged in non-formal and civil education. The Beginners’ School will offer education for representatives of local initiatives.

In the summer of 2016, resource centres for extended education will open in Homieĺ, Viciebsk and Hrodna. They will be used for arranging meetings of NGO activists, for counselling local extended education agencies and citizen initiatives, and for implementing educational programs for vulnerable people.

In the second half of 2017, internships in the Cham Folk High School (Germany) will be held for the best Educators’ School graduates. The program participants will acquire training experience, learn about European and international practices and developments in non-formal education.

Preparations are made for the 6th Non-Formal Education Festival to be held from July 7 to 9, 2016, in Minsk.  The forum is expected to gather more than 200 participants – leading Belarusian and foreign experts in non-formal and extended education. During the festival, it is planned to announce the establishment of a social council comprising representatives from the field of extended and non-formal adult education. The council will offer counselling services and develop areas of activity in that sphere.

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/