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Talented, Resourceful, and Pinched

Universities in Belarus don’t have the resources that those elsewhere have, but their secret weapon might be their teachers. A TOL Special Report.

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by Christina Karchevskaya 9 December 2010

Leonid Markovich, a self-proclaimed product of the Soviet education system, has been a physics teacher at the Belarusian State University since the beginning of Belarusian independence almost 20 years ago. His obvious pride in the university and his students makes up for the limitation of his country's higher education system – low budgets and a lack of new equipment and modern facilities. Belarusian teachers, he says, live by the motto “Necessity is the mother of invention.”


Christina Karchevskaya is a journalist, photographer, blogger, and new media specialist in Belarus.
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