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The UNESCO Project “National school-laboratory on bioethics for pupils – instrument of implementing the agenda 2030 in the Republic of Belarus” was launched at the ISEI BSU.

October 31, 2019, the first session of the National school-laboratory for pupils of the UNESCO Project “National school-laboratory on bioethics for pupils – instrument of implementing the agenda 2030 in the Republic of Belarus” began its work at the ISEI BSU. Professor S. A. Maskevich, Director of the ISEI BSU, addressed the participants with a welcoming speech, wishing its participants productive work. Secretary-General of the National Commission of the Republic of Belarus for UNESCO, N.S.Schasnovich, congratulated the participants and organizers of the event and read the greeting of Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chairman of the National Commission for UNESCO of the Republic of Belarus, V.V. Makey.  Professor S.B. Melnov, Deputy Chairman of the National Committee on Bioethics of the Republic of Belarus; Associate Professor N.V. Bushnaya, Director of the State Educational Institution “Fransisk Skorina Gymnasium No. 1 of Minsk”; N.M. Rybyanets, Head of the Inter-Cathedral Center – the UNESCO Chair in Natural Science Education, also welcomed the participants of the 1st session of the National laboratory-school for pupils and wished everyone to find answers to the actual questions.

     Associate Professor N.A. Goncharova, Head of the UNESCO at the ISEI BSU, informed the audience about this project, talked about the work program of the 1st session of the National school-laboratory for pupils, which participants were students of the SEI “Fransisk Skorina Gymnasium No. 1 of Minsk”, the SEI “Gymnasium No. 9 of Minsk», SEI “Gymnasium No. 43 of Minsk”, SEI “Gymnasium No. 1 of Zhodino”.

T.V.,Mishatkina, Candidate of Philosophy, Associate Professor of the ISEI BSU, made a presentation on the topic the ”Global Bioethics: “Paradoxes” of Open Issues”. Speech by A.Y. Еgorenkov, Candidate of  Pedagogical Sciences, Associate Professor of the Bogomolets National Medical University (Kiev, Ukraine), was devoted to the problems of bioethics and physics of living, N.V.Bushnaya, Сandidate of Pedagogical Sciences, Associate Professor,  Director of the SEI “Fransisk Skorina Gymnasium No. 1 of Minsk” and O.I Voronkovich., Deputy Director of the SEI “Fransisk Skorina Gymnasium No. 1 of Minsk” revealed the topic “Environmental Education in the Institution of General Secondary Education in the Context of Bioethical Education and the Achievement of Sustainable Development Goals”. N.S. Smolnik, Senior Lecturer of the General Biology and Genetics Department at the ISEI BSU, spoke about genetically modified products: the problem of bioethics and biosafety.

In the afternoon, the first session of the National school-laboratory for pupils continued its work at a round table, at which global issues of bioethics were discussed.

The expert trainers were D.V. Chumakova and M.M. Suma (Center for Environmental Solutions (Minsk)), T.V.,Mishatkina, A.I. Egorenkov, I.A. Russkikh. The topics for discussion were issues, related to human and the environment, the theoretical foundations of biological ethics, the main types of ethical theories, social consequences and ethical problems of medical intervention in human reproduction, ethical problems of new reproductive technologies, citizens’ rights to information about health status.

The participants of the event discussed the proposed issues in detail at the round table, as well as made their suggestions on drawing up a work plan, topics and content for the II session of the National school – laboratory for pupils of the UNESCO Project, which is scheduled for November 2019 at the ISEI BSU.