Aleksandr Lukashenko supported the idea, “Good. Let’s get together. You should bring the audience while the Education Minister will offer such an informal, beautiful lesson plan.”
The President proposed to time the lesson to, e.g., September 1st, and choose the Independence Palace as the venue for it. There was also a proposal to organise this event in the Museum of the Great Patriotic War which was backed up by the Head of State.
In general, the President approved the initiatives of the pioneers and youth to preserve historical memory, including the heroic deeds of the nation and separate heroes during the Great Patriotic War. It’s not just about well-known names, “You are doing a very good job. These were thousands and thousands of people in that time who committed heroic deeds, but no one knows about them. Heroes are alive as long as they are talked about, as long as their names are remembered. That’s why I am very grateful to you for such an endeavour. This is a good thing for any school.”
The Head of State noted that there is no place on the territory of Belarus that wasn’t affected by the war, “God forbid it repeats. I think that it is impossible that these war years – that happened and what our nation endured – would be repeated today or tomorrow. It’s impossible. Because times are completely different now and wars are completely different. What happened then, especially on the territory of Belarus, the most affected republic, will not happen either today or tomorrow.”
The President also supported the initiative to create a TV programme, entitled Memory of the Heart, to which the hosts – young people – would invite the heirs of the Great Victory to share the stories kept in their families, “Let’s try. Let’s start with the second TV channel. If you can do it, if you’re competitive with other programmes.”
The Belarusian Head of State stressed that not only the stories about the war itself are important; the post-war generation, those who rebuilt the country and Minsk from the ruins, can tell no less interesting things. The President summed up, “Try to make this programme. Let me know, as I also want to see it. If it’s a success, we will promote it.”