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PRIORITY 1 - Increasing competitiveness of the border area

Creative Centres for Science and Technology in Suwałki and Hrodna

Lead PartnerMaria Konopnicka Public Library in Suwałki (Poland)

Partnership Y. F. Karski Hrodna Oblast Scientific Library (Belarus)

Total budget1118602,37 €

Programme Contribution1006742,13 €

Duration15 months

Measure1.1. Better conditions for entrepreneurship

Project ref. numberIPBU.01.01.100-20-591/11

The library as a place of training of personnel for science and modern sectors of the economy? Such initiatives are especially valuable in the regions where education is not adapted to the changing requirements of the labour market, and the vast majority of young people do not even have access to the Internet. The inhabitants of Suwałki and Hrodna will have a chance for a better start in their professional life owing to creative centres.

They will be equipped with high-tech multimedia equipment and educational programmes (electronic panels, special keyboards, three-dimensional teaching aids, computer software, and network databases). Young people will be able to, among others, create films and animations, music, learn languages, learn about the operation of solar, wind and hydropower plants , program mini robots, and the youngest children, through games and puzzles media, will learn, for example, traffic rules. In both libraries, 25 double educational stations with Internet access have been installed. The classes in the centres enrich school programmes with modern science technology, developing students' abilities and interests. More than 6,000 people in the target group, or the pupils from middle and primary schools, will benefit directly from the interactive science and technology centres during the year.

The centres will also be available for adults. The authors of the project think especially about attracting teachers and unemployed persons who wish to acquire new skills, and retirees. They will be supported by professional staff of these institutions. In both cities, eight people have been trained and offered jobs. The centres are located in the buildings adapted to new functions as part of the actions set out in the project. In Suwałki, the building needed overhaul. In Hrodna, arrangement works were carried out in one of the rooms of the library. The works involved refreshing the room, installing blinds and air conditioning system. Thanks to the installed lifts, both centres are accessible to people with disabilities. The opening of the centre in Hrodna will be combined with the international conference on the role of the information society in improving the competitiveness of the regions. It will be a two-day event attended by local and regional authorities, representatives of the world of culture, science and business from both countries. The conference and the opening ceremony will be attended by 80 people. The centre inauguration in Suwalki will also be of a solemn character. It will be attended by the representatives of the Belarusian partner.

Creative Centres for Science and Technology on the Polish-Belarusian border areas will support the development of Poland-East Science and Technology Park in Suwałki, associated with the development of information technology and services in the field of ‘information society'. This initiative will reduce the disparities between the regions by strengthening their scientific and innovative potential.