On October, 13-14, the EdCamp Belarus, a pedagogical unconference, was held for the second time on the premises of “Imaguru”. The pedagogical event was supported by the Unitary Enterprise “Coca‑Cola Beverages Belorussiya”

Unlike the usual format with a preconceived programme, at the unconference participants have to vote for the workshops they like most of all. Competences of the XXI century – communication, creativity, teamwork and critical thinking – were of primary focus.

Coca‑Cola HBC Belarus’s HR-specialists Mariya Korochkina and Valentina Braginets took part in the career guidance workshop. They shared with the teachers their employer's view on the selection process of a new employee, spoke about the required set of competencies a future employee should possess to build a successful career and answered questions from the audience.

Mariya Korochkina, Talent Acquisition & Identification Expert, and Valentina Braginets, Talent Acquisition & Identification Specialist, with the participants of the EdCamp Unconference (from left to right)
On October, 13 “Imaguru” gathered professionals for an exciting dialogue. I’m happy to note that the teachers are aware of modern market trends, ask profound questions about an individual’s place in professional activity. Mutually we were trying to answer the question: “What problems are there with schools, teachers nowadays?” Schools and business have one common problem – everyone wants to work in IT industry, and how to convince children that this sphere does not suit everyone? The teachers thanked everyone for helpful and useful information about certain competences businesses and modern labour market need and said that they would be able to define the right method for the development and training of schoolchildren Mariya Korochkina, Talent Acquisition & Identification Expert

The teachers also could share with each other ideas in the format of one-minute-and- a-half pitches. They told the audience about various methods of personal effectiveness, the use of social networks as an educational tool, time management, psychological aspects in the learning process, peculiarities of working with indigo children, the development of media literacy through school television, storytelling opportunities in the classroom, visualization and gamification trainings, the Walt Disney method and interactive social studies. In total, over 40 ideas were presented, out of which 13 were selected as the best ones.

Compared to last year, the number of EdCamp participants has doubled this year. The EdCamp was attended by teachers from Minsk, Brest, Vitebsk, Gomel, Grodno, Mogilev, Molodechno, Borisov, Lepel, Stolin, Mozyr, Polotsk, Zhlobin, Orsha, Postavy, Smorgon, Uzda, Baranovichi, Slonim, Slutsk, Krichev, Zhodino, Glubokoye, Chashnikov, Nesvizh, Lida, Logoisk, Pinsk and other towns. There were school teachers, university lecturers, representatives of the National Institute of Education and the Academy of Postgraduate Education, young professionals among the participants of the event.

ЕdСаmр is an international initiative that originated in 2010 in the USA and ever since spread to a dozen of countries around the world. For the moment being over 1500 events in 35 countries have united 120 000 teachers for open exchange of pedagogical experience, cooperation and mutual problem solution. In Belarus the pedagogical unconference is organized by the Global Shapers Minsk hub in cooperation with the Belarusian School Society. At the SocialWeekend social projects competition the idea of the first unconference for teachers became one of the winners and received business support.