November 25, 2019, the implementation of the new international youth project of the Smolensk diocese on the development of thematic cultural and educational tourism began. The project "Pearl Necklace of Holy Russia": to the 75th anniversary of the great Victory "became the winner of the Presidential Grants Competition, which was announced on October 14 this year.

The project is a thematic continuation of the international project for the development of cultural and youth tourism “Pearl Necklace of Holy Russia” and is dedicated to the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War. The new project is not only an opportunity for students to touch the history of the 1941-1943 War. in the Smolensk region, but also the next step in strengthening relations between Smolensk and Vitebsk. It is this Belarusian city that is the main partner of the Smolensk diocese in the implementation of the project.

The project team “Pearl Necklace of Holy Russia”, as part of a presentation at the tourist forum in “Flanovo Park”, announced a new project, and the chief specialist of the ideological work department for youth, religions and nationalities of the Main Department for ideological work and youth affairs of the Vitebsk Oblast Executive Committee Sergey Nikolaevich Fadeenkov completed the presentation of the team with his speech. In his speech, Sergei Nikolaevich noted that he saw in the new project an opportunity for students to see not the foreign cinematic image of the war, but what it was for our Fatherland, at what cost the victory went to our people.

Another feature of the new project will be the inclusion of students from the city of Vitebsk. The Russian-Belarusian student group of the project will develop and test routes in small towns of Smolensk and Vitebsk regions, which played a significant role during the years of World War II.

The site will create a section for the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory, where analogies with the previous project, cases of cities of implementation will be placed. The cases will include routes, photos, and videos that will be created during visits to these cities. Theoretical lessons on the project will begin in December this year.

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