An activity, dedicated to World Down Syndrome Day, was carried out in Institute of Modern Knowledge named after A.M. Shirokov in Minsk on March 21, 2017. World Down Syndrome Day, observed on 21st March every year, is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012.
Children and young people with Down Syndrome read their favourite poems on that day: Kozhemyako Maria from Mogilev, Mikulich Dima from Molodechno, Parfenova Ira from Osipovichi, Molokostovy Tonya and Vera, Mikhalevich Anya and Dekhtevich Diana from Minsk.
Why poems? World Poetry Day is celebrated on March 21st. So we decided to speak the language which unites souls and hearts on that day. The performance of Anna Mikhalevich was truly memorable. She read a poem “Heritage” by Yanka Kupala. Sisters Tonya and Vera Molokostovy chose a poem “What is good and what is bad” by Vladimir Mayakovsky. Maria Kozhemyako impressed us with a poem “Prayer for mother”. We were touched by the performance of Olga and Irina Parfenovy (mother and daughter). Dima Mikulich won our hearts thanks to his charm and a shining smile. Diana Dekhtevich was the youngest performer. However, she wasn’t nervous at all; her poem about mother received a storm of applause.
Adults came to support the children: Marianna Murenkova who is a presenter of the programme “Pin-Code”, Elena Titova who is a chairperson of NGO “BelAPDIiMI”, Alexander Avdevich who is a head of Lida inter-regional organization NGO “RAIK”, Sergey Kruchinin and Olga Atroshenko who is a coordinator of the United Nations Development Programme.