On 27 December 2019, students and teachers of the Jolča secondary school in the Brahin District of Belarus invited residents and visitors of Krasnaje village to their New Year's Fair, where Christmas ornaments hand made by students in an activity supported by EU4Youth were the main attraction.
The idea of holding the fair came up during the Young Journalist and Vytsinanka (traditional Belarusian paper cutting craft) extra-curricular groups, organised after a rural tourism workshop organised within the framework of the EU4Youth project ‘School Garden for Agricultural Entrepreneurship’.
Teachers and students who were working on wood painting techniques, thought Christmas ornaments could be not only a good gift, but also the main product at the New Year's fair.
For almost two weeks, students worked on crafts and Christmas ornaments made from different materials using different techniques, discussed the design of the fair stands, the programme, as well as price tags and advertising.
The fair was a success with the goods sold by the schoolchildren and teachers who had made them. The organisers received a small income that will go towards the development of the business, paying for things like coloured paper and cardboard, glue, gouache, brushes, ribbons and other materials necessary for the work of the extra-curricular groups and to enable the organisation of further fairs.
The New Year's fair became the starting point of the school business initiative, based on the idea of the creation and promotion of hand made ornaments and decorations as a product. The aim of the initiative is to study the basics of the entrepreneurship, different handicraft and art techniques and to generate funds for further work of extra-curricular groups and bonuses for group participants.
The project “EU4Youth: ‘School Garden’ for Agricultural Entrepreneurship” aims to foster the employability and active participation of young people residing in disadvantaged rural areas of Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova in society and economy by developing modern labour, leader and entrepreneur skills, and promoting new professional opportunities among them.
The EU4Youth initiative supports the employment opportunities and active citizenship of young people in the six Eastern Partnership countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.
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