Belarusian Student Association (BSA) (Bel. – ZBS: Zadzinočańnie Biełaruskich Studentaŭ) is one of the oldest youth organisations in Belarus. It was founded as an independent from the communistic regime youth organisation at the end of the 80s. The first communities appeared in BSU, BSMU and BSPU. The BSA has taken an active part in daily life of students, planned actions against ideologisation of education and advocated learning the history of communistic party as compulsory subject.
In 1992 the BSA was officially registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus as the “Republican Youth Public Association “Belarusian Students’ Association”. In 1999 the BSA became a friend of the ESIB (now ESU – the European Students’ Union).
On December 3 2001, the Supreme Court rejected the registration of the BSA because of its campaigns about social problems of students (compulsory job assignment, insufficient study bursary, old textbooks) and the action “Choose!” which called to vote at the presidential elections. The Court didn’t consider the applications of 30 European students’ union and human rights organisations and the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus didn’t bring sufficient legal arguments.
Since that time, BSA has continued its activity in a constant opposition with the belarusian authorities.
In 2015 BSA relaunched its activity by the consolidation with independent movement #studentsagainst. The organisation was formed with new people, mission and advocacy companies. In 2016 BSA returned its registration as Educational institution “Philomaths”. Still, BSA follows its traditions and continues its activity as Belarusian Students’ Association (BSA).
The official mission of BSA is the integration of Belarusian students for the defense of our rights and interests, improvement of the education system, the fight for academic freedoms and dissemination of the European principles for Higher Education.