Kazanlak once again became a meeting place for 30 young people who took part in the first, after the Covid crisis, animation course. The two-year training began on April the 8. In the days leading up to April the 10, the young people underwent intensive training accompanied by prayer and games. The course began with answers to the basic questions: “Who am I?” And “What is an animator?” In the games they got to know each other and also themselves. On the first day, everyone introduced themselves through their favorite leisure activities. The days began and ended in prayer and reading. Strong and exciting were the personal prayers, which everyone arranged on a piece of paper for himself and for those standing next to him. The accompanying moments for reflection were prepared by the youngest animators, living testimonies of continuity and tolerance. The next day, April the 9, the young participants raced around the city as “Muslim representatives” to climb the ladder to the title of Sultan. During the breaks, the teams led by F. Peter and sister Nadia competed on the football field. In the afternoon, the candidate-animators prepared the Way of the Cross with author’s texts and a prayer. The 14 stops, following Christ’s sufferings to Golgotha, all together, walked in the park, climbing steeper slopes. The day ended with a game of tolerance – a train with the “blind”, led by a “dumb” driver, placed at the end of the composition, had to pass through a difficult route filled with many obstacles. After days of sharing, strong experiences and emotions, which also gathered new knowledge, everyone went their own way home. The young people will continue to prepare with new books and homework at home until the next meeting of the course – May the 27, 2022.
The main organizers of the course were ESC volunteers Anna Petrzikova and Frantisek Shustek, who work in the city of Stara Zagora on the project “Education – the key to a better future”, 2021-1-BG01-ESC51-VTJ-000037011, co-financed by the EU program “European Solidarity Corps”