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THE SYSTEM OF EDUCATION IN BELARUS

THE SYSTEM OF EDUCATION IN BELARUS

We can say that Belarus has a developed system of education. Scientific and intellectual potential is the main strategic resource of Belarus. The republic guarantees its citizens the right to universal secondary education and creates means for further professional education. It tries to pay much attention to common human values, developing independent critical thinking instead of simple perception of information.

Our system of education has been reforming for many years probably because the aim of the reform is rather global: to create an independent, qualitatively new national school corresponding to international standards and ensuring each citizen the right to the high-quality education according to his or her abilities and inclinations.

The main principles of the educational system in Belarus are the priority of human values, national culture as the basis of education, humanism, sense of ecological purpose, scientific basis, support of gifted children and others.

There have been changes in the organization of education itself. New types of educational establishments have appeared: gymnasium, lyceum, experimental school, college. There appeared non-state schools of various kinds, private kindergartens, schools at home, commercial institutes. So, it stimulates effectiveness of education, creates new ideas.

 

School Traditions

School Traditions

My school life is connected not only with studies but with many other important things. When I think about my school years I recollect a lot of events. Many of them became traditions because they happen every year on the same dates. Some traditions are similar in all Belarusian schools, some are unique.

The school year starts on the 1st of September. This day is special for all: school children, their teachers and parents. The day starts with the school gathering when all classes and teachers stand in front of the school and listen to the welcoming speeches of their teachers, schoolmates and parents. Students look really nice in their new school uniforms. Everyone is excited to see their school friends and teachers after long summer holidays. After the school gathering teachers take their classes to their classrooms for the first lesson. When the lesson is over, students may have a class event Ė a picnic or a walk in the park or a class trip. The events on this day are usually the same every year but everyone waits for this day, likes it and remembers it.

Every year in September we have the opportunity to show our athletic skills and abilities during our Sports Day. Though we have Sports weeks every season this day is also among our favourite school traditions. There is a wide range of activities. It opens with a running race. Then we have competitions in different sports, we play sports games, run, jump, climb a wall. Everyone from the 1st to the 11th class takes part in some events. The day finishes with a Closing ceremony where winners get their prizes.



Of course we never forget to congratulate our teachers on Teacherís Day. Some of our best students take part in School Olimpiads. Very soon weíll have our last and traditional School leaversí Party.

I think I will never forget my school, teachers, classmates and our school traditions.

 

EDUCATION, SCHOOL

EDUCATION, SCHOOL

Ļ1

  1. Letís talk about education. What can you tell me about your school?

Education plays a very important role in our life. It is one of the most valuable possessions a man can get in his life. We get our knowledge of this world and life through education. Many famous discoveries would have been impossible if people were not interested in learning something. Education develops different sides of human personality, reveals his abilities. Besides, it helps a person to understand himself, to choose the right way in this world. During all the periods of human history education ranked high among people. Human progress mostly depended upon well-educated people.

Self-education is very important for the development of humanís talents. Only through self-education a person can become a harmonically developed personality. A person becomes a highly qualified specialist after getting some special education. And professionalism can be reached only through it. Even highly qualified specialists from time to time attend refresher courses to refresh their knowledge.

The civilized state differs from others in the fact that it pays much attention to the educational policy. John Kennedy said: ďOur progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in educationĒ. But it doesnít concern only one particular nation. We know that science and art belong to the whole world. Before them the barriers of nationality disappear. So education brings people closer to each other, helps them to understand each other better.

My school is an ordinary building in a residential area. Itís a 3-storeyed building with a swimming pool and a spacious gym. Of course there is a lot to be improved. For example our canteen could be more pleasant in its design. Also Iíd like to have a bigger library with a reading hall. But in spite of all I love my Gymnasium and Iím proud of it.

Most of our classrooms are quite good, light and spacious. When you enter this or that classroom you understand what subject is taught here as you see special devices or equipment in every room.

At school we work at many things like physical development, emotions, relationships, and which is the most important we get knowledge. Various subjects are studied at our gymnasium: History, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, English, Belarusian, Russian, Literature, Geography, Astronomy, Drawing and Singing. So we have a great variety of things to choose for our future interest in our professional life. As for me Iím fond of Ö I work hard so as to gain appropriate knowledge and to pass my future exams successfully.

School provides children not only with knowledge. Itís also a place where children spend their free time. There are many amateur groups or circles and sport sections in my school. Special teachers help children to develop their creative abilities either in sport sections, a school choir or theatre, or to improve English after classes. Ecology and tourism are also very popular today. So, schoolchildren can also be engaged in these activities.

When Iím talking about school I mean all those things that influenced my views, broadened my outlook and shaped my character. Iím sure that school plays an important role in everyoneís life. School doesnít only provide us with knowledge in Science and Humanities, it is also a place where we develop our talents and skills, make friends and learn to appreciate honesty and sincerity, patience and tolerance.

School is our second home. No one can ever forget it.

  1. Do you agree that Belarusian secondary school provides a person with good knowledge? Why (not)?

Generally speaking, I should say that children have got good opportunities to get good knowledge. Scientific and intellectual potential is the main strategic resource of Belarus. The republic guarantees its citizens the right to universal secondary education and creates means for further professional education. It tries to pay much attention to common human values, developing independent critical thinking instead of simple perception of information.

Our system of education has been reforming for many years probably because the aim of the reform is rather global: to create an independent, qualitatively new national school corresponding to international standards and ensuring each citizen the right to the high-quality education according to his or her abilities and inclinations.

The main principles of the educational system in Belarus are the priority of human values, national culture as the basis of education, humanism, sense of ecological purpose, scientific basis, support of gifted children and others.

3. Ask me whether I liked school when I was a pupil.

  • Did you like your school when you were a pupil?
  • What was your favourite subject?
  • Did you have classes on Saturday?
  • How much time did it take you to do your homework?

4. What ideas from Belarusian school can you advise a teacher from Great Britain to use in British school?

I donít think itís a good idea to be intrusive. First of all, Iím not a professional person in the sphere of education. Secondly, it would be more reasonable to have some kind of experience of real British education. And only then, if I were asked, I would be able to suggest something.

5. Today some young people think that having a good education is not very important. Do you agree with them?

It all depends on many things. Those people who think that having a good education is not very important, have their own plans. Some girls want to be good mothers and have big families. Other people think that manual professions do not need good education. In this case they are mistaken. To my mind all professions need special education. Nowadays only highly qualified workers can deal with rather sophisticated equipment and computers.

 

Ļ2

  1. Letís talk about education. Whatís your school like?
  2. Do you agree that our school gives a person a good start in life? Why (not)?
  3. Ask me what kind of pupil I was at school.
  4. Which school club would you advise your classmate to join?
  5. Today some young people think that having a good education is very important. Do you agree with them?

Ļ3

  1. Letís talk about education. What can you tell me about the system of education inBelarus?
  2. Does your school differ from any other school you know?
  3. Ask me what problems I had when I was a student.
  4. You are talking with a British student. What would you advise him/her to do to prepare for an exam well?
  5. Today some young people want to study abroad because they believe that the level of education is higher there. Would you do the same?

Ļ4

  1. Letís talk about education. What can you tell me about the place where you study?
  2. Does your school have any traditions?
  3. Ask me about my school life.
  4. What can you advise a student who is not very good at languages to do to achieve better results?
  5. Nowadays some young people complain that they have lots of problems at school. Do you agree with them?

 


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