Children in Germany hear about space pioneers

05.08.2017, Germany.

On August 2, activists of the Essence of Time movement organized a contest of children’s drawings called “Pioneers of Outer Space”, which was accompanied by an informative learning session about the first space explorers, Rosa Primavera News Agency reports.

For the past several years, a children’s camp has been held in the western German city of Sassenberg. The majority of the children taking part in the camp have parents who are citizens of the former Soviet Union. Sergey Zazykin, the chairman of the city of Zanden’s Wushu club, is the camp’s organizer.

Young children and adolescents, together with their parents and grandparents, come together to participate in the summer camp. The program focuses on the children’s physical and cognitive development. Camp facilitators and organizers pay special attention to the educational aspects of child development, building team cohesion, and camaraderie. For example, there are various competitions and games, as well as different responsibilities for children, such as helping in the kitchen and tidying up the grounds. An important goal of the summer camp is to safeguard and preserve the Russian language and the Russian cultural traditions.

This year, the summer camp program included a contest of children’s drawings called “Pioneers of Outer Space“. Young participants are asked to reflect on what the space pioneers of the future might see while exploring the mysterious worlds of deep space. This event is a continuation of a previous competition called “The future through the eyes of youth: from star to star.” This contest was held this spring in Bavaria through the joint efforts of  Essence of Time in Germany and the Coordinating Council of Russian Compatriots in Bavaria.

In addition to the drawing competition, activists of Essence of Time – Germany held a learning session on space travel called “The Road to the Stars“. During the event, children heard about the different stages of the Soviet space program: starting from Tsiolkovsky’s initial concepts of space travel to the fulfillment of these dreams to conquer deep space by Yuri Gagarin, the world’s first cosmonaut.

This year’s sports events included an introductory judo course, a relay race, and a football tournament. Plans also include publishing a daily wall newspaper,  holding a video contest, a chess tournament, a festive concert, and much more.

The first “Pioneers of Outer Space” contest was organized by activists of Essence of Time and the All-Russian Parents’ Resistance organization in 2013 in the Crimea. Later on, a series of similar contests dedicated to Cosmonautics Day took place in many Russian cities. A similar contest was held for the first time in Germany in the spring of 2017.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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