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University of the Third Age in Belarus

Belarus celebrated the International Day of Older Persons last week. The correspondent of the program Week on the CTV decided to find out what is the charm of the "elegant" age.

The First Bell and a solemn ceremony. Grandparents have not brought here their grandchildren... They came here to study themselves. This unusual university opened this week in Zhodino. This student is over 80! She is a teacher with half a century of experience.

Tatiana Bondarenko, pensioner:
I cannot just sit idle doing nothing. I love it here.

Classes are free and teachers are volunteers. Among the most popular subjects are computer science and English.

In Minsk, such a university has been working for several years. It boasts almost 1,500 alumni. These are students of the Faculty of Journalism. The CTV is helping colleagues learn how to work with a microphone. 

Everything is serious here, not at all for the show. Some are already working as journalists.

Such universities are still a rarity in Belarus but some additional courses are available in each social service center. Here Polina Fedorovna is mastering computer skills.

Polina Antifeeva, pensioner:
One of my daughters lives in Moscow and one in St. Petersburg. I came here to learn how to use the Internet to communicate with my girls!  

Viktor Kostko, first deputy chairman of the Minsk city organization of veterans of the Belarusian Veterans Association:
People of my age often stop learning and just walk around with a stick. Physical activity allows me to take up public activity.

Crossword puzzles and chess is the best challenge for your brains.    

Viktor Kostko, first deputy chairman of the Minsk city organization of veterans of the Belarusian Veterans Association:
Do not be lazy! Many choose sofa and TV. Work is a basis for wealth and health.

University of the Third Age in Belarus