Belarus to de-Russify schools, ready to defend against invasion
Belarus has begun the process of “de-Russification” in schools and throughout the nation, local news website BelNovosti informs on Jan. 26. The move by the nation of 10 million people — tightly controlled by President Alexander Lukashenko — is signal that Belarus may be trying to distance itself politically from Russia.
Belarus Education Minister Mikhail Zhuravkov has said that, considering the large number of Russian-speaking citizens in the country, the process would be gradual. At the first stage, it includes the teaching of such two subjects — the history and geography of Belarus — only in the Belarusian language.
The Ministry of Education hopes that it will help pupils to love their mother tongue and stimulate a desire to learn other subjects also in the Belarusian language.
Starting Feb. 1, a new “martial law” comes into force. According to the document, the emergence of unmarked servicemen from another country on Belarusian territory will be considered aggression.
On commence donc la biélorussification par l’étude de la vie et de l’œuvre du Président Loukachenko, sous le regard de bon-papa Loukachenko…
The pupils hold books about Belarus’s President Alexander Lukashenko in a school in Minsk on September 1, 2012 during traditional opening of the school year known as “Day of Knowledge”.
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