Galina Veramejchyk

Member of the Council of International Public Association Education without Borders (Belarus)

Nominated by: Council of IPA Education without Borders

I have 20 years’ experience in non-formal adult and youth education within civil society in Belarus. In 2003, my colleagues and I founded an NGO "Education without Borders", were I held the position of an executive director from 2004 until 2012. Since 2012, I’ve been a member of the Council responsible for the management skills development of younger staff and international cooperation. I am experienced in promotion of the idea of life-long learning on the national level, networking and cooperation in adult and youth education sector, fundraising and project management. Apart from that, I am a former member of the Board of the Network of educational NGOs in Belarus "Association for civic education" (the Association for Life-Long Learning and Enlightenment was later on registered based on this network). Since 2004, I have also worked for German development agencies like German Support Program for Belarus (FpB/IBB) and DVV International; I also have experience in cooperation with international donors (World Bank, UNDP).

Educational background

  • Diploma in land surveying, University of Mines, Saint-Petersburg, Russia (1987);

  • Post Graduate studies with the focus on general pedagogics and history of pedagogics, National Institute for Higher Education, Minsk, Belarus (2005);

  • Master’s degree in adult education (M.A.), Technical University of Kaiserslautern, Germany (2014).

How do you want to contribute to the work of EAEA, based on your experience in your organisation?

I was elected to the Executive Board of the EAEA in Porto in June 2015 and would like to continue to contribute to the work of the Association at different levels, supporting the efforts of the EAEA Board, Secretary General and staff members, helping to promote the idea of adult education and lifelong learning in Belarus and other countries of Eastern Europe, developing the cooperation between different stakeholders and different countries.

I want to contribute my practical experience and knowledge about in-transition adult education systems to the activities of the EAEA members. The last 25 years have seen a transformation in Europe’s former communist countries resulting in their liberalization and reintegration into the market economy and European system. But the task of building a strong system of adult education helping to complete democratization, supporting civic participation and sustainable economic growth has been difficult and protracted.

I can bring a number of best practices from the grassroots and association levels that will strengthen the reflection on the future of adult education. Joining efforts could help us overcome the barriers on a national level and advocate for more inclusive and empowered adult education practices within Europe.

What are your motivations as a board member?

My motivation to be part of the EAEA comes from doing things I believe in.

I believe in the transformative power of adult learning and its inexhaustible resource for the development of the individuals and society. I see cooperation as a solid foundation for the organizational development of the members of the EAEA. I am committed to bringing together active actors of adult education community from different countries for the joint advocacy actions and fruitful cooperation. I want to support the process of “rethinking education” in Belarus due to the dissemination of experiences and ideas from other countries and involvement of Belarusian experts into international activities. Finally, I would like to promote and support the initiatives put forward by the EAEA in my country and Eastern Europe.