Ira Vidanova: The main thing — do not be afraid to ask questions

Kalinowski: "Ira, which directly media projects you have a relationship?"
Vidanova: "In the main I have been so referred to as" new media "- all that is associated with online publications, multimedia publications, blogs. This applies to both Belarusian and international projects."
Kalinowski: Ira, in his own essay, "What I believe" you write about his own return after studying in the United States:
"I was amazed and even offended that many of my colleagues, friends and even relatives believe that will not be back. At times, lost and did not know what to say. Sees:" Do not you realize? There — curious, comfortable, quiet … Here is my place. There I will gladly vorachivatsya, meet with friends, travel, implement joint projects. Here calling heart. There — it is temporary. Here — forever. "
Ira, tell me why you struck by the fact people thought that you will be in the U.S.? About half of Belarusian students (according to the poll) want to go abroad. Well, your brother seems to remain in the United States, if I’m not mistaken.
Vidanova: I was surprised at first reaction of those who knows me. After all, when I left, explains why I go back to what time I went. Because when I came back, it seemed to me that most people remember the words that I read before departure from». It’s very curious, very curious to implement new projects and new ideas. If you are an active person and understand exactly what you will of life, they can realize both here and in at least some other country. But I certainly belong to Belarus. Bythis people, who know me, certainly should be able to know that I will be back. At first I even sulked, but later realized that we have very many stereotypes in views about what is there and what is there. Certainly need to leave for a while to find his heart and realize themselves through temporary neznahozhanne in own country, in its own homeland. But I feel fine, and here and there. My generation is like that in the world today, in principle, enough to travel easily between their own government and other countries to learn different languages, different cultures, but with all this feeling where your corner. "
Kalinowski: "And what way does your brother in the United States?"
Vidanova: "My brother (incidentally also a historian) there at the moment engaged in monetary analysis. It absolutely changed the course of action, but does not lose touch with Belarus — writes articles on the economic situation and development of Belarus for a number of our publications-independent."
Kalinowski: "Ira, and many of your friends after education abroad returned home to find a place for themselves here?"
Vidanova: "In the midst of my friends came back a large part."
South American knowledge of Belarusian criteria
Kalinowski: Ira, in which institute you studied and why you failed to learn in the U.S.?
Vidanova "This Institute at Johns Hopkins, he was placed in a 2-states, a 2-cities, Baltimore and Washington, and it is very acceptable for American institutions. Studied I was there so why we have not yet taught — my specialty concerned the nonprofit sector. I hope that just this knowledge in the future here is very needed. Another of my diploma — is an international business, and I had the opportunity to not only gain knowledge, and learn together with dozens of people from different countries of the world. This is also a fundamental experience ".
Kalinowski: "Did you look for the application of knowledge, acquired in America, in today’s political criteria?"
Vidanova: "Absolutely. That education, which is currently available in the U.S., and in general the trend of post-graduate education is such that it is universal in this globalized world, like on me does not apply to this phenomenon. This method of education sends students of any age for independent analytical thinking. They teach not so much specific knowledge, which are ready-made, how many are taught to think, to consider, to express our views and to prove it. In the area of public policy that I think is very essential. This kind of education can be used both here and in other countries, and tomorrow, and after 10 years. "
Kalinowski: "What should I learn from BSU or other Belarusian universities from U.S. institutions?"
Vidanova: "For me it’s first academic freedom, the students are able to choose those subjects who study — certainly at parades scientific control, in the presence of advice from the faculty, if the requirements for initial knowledge, which you have to train. In In-2-x, then the student with the first lessons a day or sent to an independent search. Dr. South American Institute comes recites people knowledge for granted. doctor suggests there is to read the first lecture booklets 5 200 pages with any order to discuss what something subject to provoke students to thinking. This is what our educational system is just not — independent thinking.
Poll in Mogilev "Why Belarusians can learn from the Yankees?"

Kalinowski: "Ira, and your opinion, why Belarusians can learn from the Yankees?
Vidanova: "With a big grin, listen to the answers, because under each of them probably could subscribe. Indeed, the first memory — is openness and grins. Vo-2, Americans could very well organize themselves to solve their own problems and others. And also struck me in the midst of my fellow students willingness to promote. willingness to find out more about the country such as Belarus, for me personally, about our situation, for our part of the world. wished I would be afraid of us than there are answers to questions, and most importantly do not be afraid to ask these questions. "
Kalinowski: "In Poland today launched the second year applets behalf Kalinouski. Its director, Dr. Jan Malicki told Radio Liberty that its main purpose — to teach Belarusian elite. Ira, where, in your opinion, should be taught the future Belarusian elite. Either it does not matter where? "
Vidanova: "I think the future elite should be able to without the help of others to choose where to study. Very fundamentally, that the borders of Belarus were opened to each youth — after school, at the Institute, or after the institution — can choose from different abilities, wherever he wanted to get an education. I do not think that the elite should be educated outside Belarus. believe in that education, education begins with the earliest days of human life, not even years. agree that the current criteria may not all to get an education here and it is very painful. But I think that the elite and educated here in Belarus, but we can not blame the young people and those who decided to leave to study. Especially since, I hope that those people who get education in Poland, Lithuania, the United States or some other country, and later return to Belarus will work Belarus because of limits our country . "

Vidanova Ira was born in Minsk in 1978. In 1999 she graduated from the historical faculty of BSU. Later he was in graduate school, studied the history of Belarus. From 1998 to 2003 on year wasand editor in chief of the magazine "Student Dumka". 5 years taught history at the Lyceum at Belarus State University, worked as a teacher at the Department of "History of ancient times and the Middle Ages Belarus" historic BSU.
Two years studying in the U.S.. In 2006 there has been Master’s degree in "Public policy and foreign affairs." Currently involved are independent analytical projects.

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