On September 13th the children and youths form the Don Bosko Center in the Roma district of Stara Zagora had the possibility to buy different things with the collected points during the year. Those who were more present and diligent in the activities earned more points. The points are a good method for motivation which we have successfully applied for several years.
The children could buy different things that they need for school – notebooks, sketchbooks etc., also plush toys and some yummy things.
Every year we give special rewards to the 10 students who earned most points during the year.
Our main method for motivation and punishment is points. The students in the Don Bosko Center earn them for participation and efforts in the study-room and the workshops, but they can also lose some points for bad behaviour. These points also work as credits. With them the students “buy” some privileges. They are significant discount for the price of the summer and winter camps, they may be enough for paying travel costs for excursions.
Here are the first names of the first 7 winners for this year:
- Amdie A.
- Toni Zh..
- Mariya Zh.
- Slavcho F.
- Iliya K.
- Zyubyulka E.
- Veselin G.
Configurations to the winners!
From July 28th to August August 2nd was the summer camp for boys from the Roma districts of Stara Zagora and Kazanlak. The place was the town of Hisar. The participants were 8 boys – 4 boys from Stara Zagora and 4 from Kazanlak. The topic of the camp was the story of Noah.
During three of the days we were on a swimming pool. We visited the museum house of the Bulgarian national hero Vasil Levski and the waterfall “Suchurum” near the town of Karlovo.
There was also a tournament with “swords”.
The stage game about Noah finished during the last night with a night game.
in theFacebook album.
The participants in the camp were twelve. The topics were connected with the family and the stage games – with the Bible story of Noah.
One of our activities was to collect plants and to make herbaria. They were used for creating greeting cards. We also made doves from clay.
During another days we had an excursion to the town of Karlovo where we visited the house of Vasil Levski, a national hero. We also went to the waterfall near Karlovo “Suchurum”. We also had time to browse Hisar itself. We went to a swimming pool three times.
The last fun evening was titled “Noah seeks talent”. Then the girls were singing, playing some musical instruments and dancing.
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On June 14th Don Bosko Bulgaria Foundation organized a football tournament in Kazanlak. Three teams were competing – from Stara Zagora, Kazanlak and the village of Kalitinovo, near Stara Zagora. The players are also participants in the activities in the Don Bosko Centers in the three places. The winner was the team of Kalitinovo.
More photos: in Facebook
After we arrived in Kazanlak and had a breakfast, we walked on the Tracian sanctuary and observatory “Tyulbeto”, where the kids met Adam and Eve. There we played a game and went back to the parish to have a lunch.
The Summer Camp for the youngest kids, visiting our center in the Roma district in Stara Zagora was in June 21st in Kazanlak. The story throughout the camp was about Adam and Eve. After we arrived in Kazanlak and had a breakfast, we walked on the Tracian sanctuary and observatory “Tyulbeto”, where the kids met Adam and Eve. There we played a game and went back to the parish to have a lunch. During the afternoon father Jaroslaf Fogl read the story about Adam and Eve to the kids. During this time, the kids drew pictures about the story. After an interesting game at “Tyulbeto”, we went back to Stara Zagora.
in the Facebook album.
On 26th June for a third consecutive year was performed the football tournament for youths 16-19 years old from the schools in Kazanlak. The event is part of the Municipal youth calendar. It has been organized by Don Bosko Bulgaria Foundation – Kazanlak, together with the Youth Development Center “Mutual Aid”, Kazanlak.
On July 13th we visited the fire station in Stara Zagora. The firefighters took us around. They shown us the fire trucks and their training ground, and demonstrated us how they use it. This was very impressive for the kids.
The profession of firefighter is a prestige job and a good example of being useful for the society. These are two things that we wish to develop in the students we work with.
„Bukviada” (from Bulgarian „bukvi“ = „letter0s“) – Olympics with letters games rushed about 30 Roma kids from the Roma district of Stara Zagora on 24 May. This event was organized by Don Bosko Bulgaria Foundation.
24 May is Saints Cyril and Methodius’ Day. In Bulgaria it is celebrated as the „Bulgarian Education and Culture, and Slavonic Literature Day“ and it is usually connected with the development of the Cyrillic alphabet in the First Bulgarian Empire.
Before the competition, Cyril and Methodius – dressed workers for the foundation – explained to the kids the meaning of the feast.
The competition was in different disciplines – creative, logic and sport. The success was measured not in points, but in letters.
Most of the games includes tasks connected with Cyrillic. At the end all of the Bukviada players were rewarded according to their own choice. There was a shop where the kids bought different things, trading with their letters.
The Bukviada was organized for forth consecutive year. The aim is in a fun way the kids form the Roma district to learn something about the development of our alphabet. It is interesting that this competition devoted to the Cyrilic alphabet was organized by volunteers from Moravia, Czech, where the disciples of Cyril and Methodius came from. The volunteers this year were Magdalena Braunerowa nad Jana Petruchova.