Competitions for children and youth, or Children walk the Way of the two brothers

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Art competition

‘The Way of the Two Brothers’ is the title of an art competition for children 3 to 11 years of age. It is regularly announced within the July Days of the People of Goodwill at Velehrad. The aim of the project is to explain roots of our culture to children, impairing a positive model for life in the present.

The contest is primarily aimed at children but it cannot do without active cooperation of teachers, educators or animators. Their task is to explain the national holiday of the Czech Republic, the Day of the Slavonic Missionaries (5th July) to their charges. Reading and a subsequent re-telling of the story of brothers Cyril and Methodius to children will introduce the themes of the art contest (they differ in accordance with the categories of the contest), which are also in some way related to the present time. Themes are modified every year. A subsequent chat with children will reveal if they understood the story. If yes, they are ready to engage their imaginations and create “their own work of art”. The chairman of the committee of experts is the academic painter, Adolf Born.

Another competition will be a literary and historical contest, arranged by the National Institute of Children and Youth in Prague. The term for its realization is planned for the period from September 2012 to February 2013.

Literary and historic competition

There is another competition hidden behind the same title, which has a literary and historic part.

The literary and historic competition is designed for older pupils of primary schools, grammar schools and secondary schools. In the course of writing their stories, pupils and students can draw inspiration from the themes presented (see below) and choose any genre they wish.

The competition is organized by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, the National Institute for Children and Youth of the MEYS, the organization for further education of pedagogical workers, and the school organization for interest education in cooperation with the Czech Bishops’ Conference.

More detailed information to be found below:

Literary competition


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  • Here are our roots.

    (Blessed John Paul II, 22nd April 1990, Velehrad)

    They wanted to become part of those nations and to share their destiny in everything. Here, in this place, at Velehrad, in Moravia, we can feel the historical legacy of the kingdom in a peculiar way – we can feel even those who became its keepers and guardians.

    (Blessed John Paul II)

  • For us, people of the present age, their apostolate contains even the elocution of the ecumenical appeal, i.e. to build unity again, in a peaceful reconciliation, which later after their deaths was heavily damaged, and in the first place the unity between the East and the West.

    (Blessed John Paul II)

  • Their work is also a very important contribution to the growth of the common Christian roots of Europe, which by their firmness and viability create one of the main contact points, which must be respected by every serious attempt at reunification of our continent in a new and topical way.

    (Blessed John Paul II)

  • The story of both brothers, Cyril and Methodius, is a distinct example of unity.

    Saints Cyril and Methodius contributed, to a great extent, to the building of Europe, not only regarding its Christian religious community but also concerning its civil and cultural unity.

    (Blessed John Paul II)

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