Authorities liquidate Belarusian School Association turning 100 this year

The National Unity Day saw the authorities liquidate the Belarusian School Association (TAB), reports deputy chairman Tamara Matskevich.

Belarusian Association of Belarusian Schools had existed in Belarus for 100 years, with some breaks during the Soviet times.

The Belarusian School Association is a voluntary public cultural and educational organization that unites citizens in order to create a modern system of national enlightenment and education, as well as to promote education in the Belarusian language.

It was founded in February 22, 1921, when during the meeting of the Central Belarusian School Board in Vilnius it was decided to found a special Society, which could receive its authority and property.

Circle of the Belarusian School Association in the village of Syankovichy, Kosava district. 1928. Photo:

After a while, the charter of the organization was approved. The main activity of the organization was defined as the “development of Belarusian schools and Belarusian education in general”. According to its statute, the Society had a right to open and run folk schools, hold courses, and render teaching-methodological and monetary assistance.

For the first time, the Belarusian School Association was prohibited by the Polish authorities on December 2, 1936. It reopened in March 22, 1996 as a Republican Public Association “Belarusian School Partnership”, which was registered by the Ministry of Justice.

In 2020-21 alone, members of the Belarusian School Society wrote 7 aids for teachers.