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Lukashenko: State will keep supporting talented youth

MINSK, 1 December (BelTA) – The government will keep supporting talented young people, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said as he met with young artists on 1 December, BelTA has learnt.

“If you are talented, persistent and do not give up on your dream, you will be a success eventually. We will not leave such people behind,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

As the head of state opened the meeting, he reminded that some 15 years ago when the presidential fund to support talented youth was set up, some people doubted the initiative. “As I look at you today, I can say that the money invested in the most precious asset - intellect and talent – was not wasted. Almost 2,000 young people became laureates and prize-holders of the fund. We have raised a new generation of artists who will multiply the potential of the national culture,” the Belarusian leader said.

The program Young Talents of Belarus for 2006-2010 helped create an environment conducive to professional development of young people and improve their social security.

“Nurturing talents is not a thing for individual enthusiasts, but an important target of our social policy. Belarus has created an entire infrastructure to support gifted children and young people,” the President said. This infrastructure includes over 100 pre-school centers, 29 lyceums, 215 gymnasiums, hundreds of out-of-school facilities and dozens of thousands of hobby clubs.

“Our country has preserved and expanded an integral system of art education, from children’s art schools to universities of culture. National artistic traditions have been created. Any gifted child has an access to this spiritual treasure,” the President said.

At the same time, the head of state warned the young people against a welfare mentality. “Besides talents, you need to show initiative, energy and entrepreneurial spirit,” the Belarusian leader emphasized.

Before the meeting, Alexander Lukashenko visited an exhibition of young artists in the National Library. The head of state was shown artware, sculptures, clothing by young designers, architectural projects, works from ceramics, metal and glass, literature.