Children’s Investment Forum full of ideas

Gomel schoolchildren create Belarus’ first Internet store selling handicrafts

By Tatiana Bolgova

Pupils from Gomel’s general education school #38 are creating Belarus’ first Internet shop to sell hand-crafted items. Jointly with their computer science teacher, Yelena Mokhareva, they’ve developed an online Internet shop — soon to be launched. Teachers and pupils from Gomel’s general education schools will be among the first sellers, advertising their embroidered pictures, and gifts made from beads, clay and other materials.

It’s hoped that artists, folk craftsmen and pensioners will join in the entrepreneurial endeavour. “We’ve conducted polls and discovered that many people in our city are keen to sell their own pieces, as well as buying unique goods,” notes Ms. Mokhareva.

Yelena Kovaleva, the Deputy Head of the Gomel City Executive Committee’s Education Department, tells us that school #38’s Internet shop project has won the final stage of the Children’s For the Prosperity of Our Native City Investment Forum, organised in Gomel. It will be supported by city authorities.

The Forum has been held for two years in a row now, under the initiative of the city’s education department. It aims to support the implementation of contemporary research and training methods in schools.

The 5-11th grade pupils were asked to come up with innovative ways of aiding the socio-economic development of the city. In total, 61 ideas were sent in by 50 secondary schools in Gomel.

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