Just before the Christmas school holidays, when people were busy with preparing gifts for their loved ones, we organized an event for people who are afraid about what the future might bring to them. These people are facing threats because of injustices being done to them. With Amnesty International, we joined in the effort of writing formal letters and appealing to authorities. In the past, many cases have been solved and those who were persecuted have found help and justice through this effort. Continue reading →
Every school year we teach our staff and children how to help others – people who are in material, social or emotional need. We raise money to support them, we pray for them, and show them our love and care. Continue reading →
Since the opening of our high school in academic year 2013/2014, small groups of our students have been participating in Model United Nations (MUN) conferences, both in Slovakia and abroad.
An MUN is a simulation of the work of the real United Nations. Student delegates represent different countries and work with others to produce a resolution which will help solve a given problem. For example, we recently attended a conference in Torún, Poland. One of our five delegates represented France on the Human Rights Council (HRC). The council was attempting to resolve the issue of human trafficking.
Hello, my name is Timea Matea Vrabcova and I am a student at the Lutheran Academy in Martin, Slovakia. I love the school, especially helping as a volunteer. Every summer I help with Vacation Bible School. I love to play drama skits, meet different people from different places and I love to dance. I pray, that God uses all of my gifts to the glory of His name.
I know how important you are because during my youth I attended a school not unlike this one. From 4-year-old kindergarten to 8th grade, I was a student at St. Johns Lutheran school in Glendale, Wisconsin. It is a smaller school than the Lutheran Academy in Martin. It’s older, too, though, I know by European standards, 153 years is not that old. But age and size aside, it was very much like our Academy here in Martin. We had students of various academic abilities, large classrooms, a technologically progressive staff, classes in religion, math, science, English, PE, music, and art. We had no classes in Slovak, though, which might come to you as a surprise. It was a good school, and I’m glad I attended it.
I know that for most of you, going to a religious school was not an option during your childhood. The state would probably have preferred Christianity to die away with the old grannies that attended Sunday services. Because of this, maybe teaching at a religious school still seems surreal. Maybe for some of you, it seems like a dream come true (despite the kids that make some days feel like nightmares). And maybe for some of you, it’s just a job. Regardless of how you feel about it, you are important. Continue reading →
How many people from poor communities do you know in person or by their names? How much do you know about their everyday struggles? We often hear in the media about people or communities living on the edge of society. We discuss their situation with friends, but do we know from experience what their lives are really like? We say that we have our problems and challenges and not much time to get to know those on the other side of … town. Continue reading →
This May, 20 CCE middle schoolers, a high school band, and our teacher´s band DeArt visited a sister school in Slovak town Bacsky Petrovec, Serbia.
Even though Bacsky Petrovec is located in northern Serbia, it is a town where community of Slovaks live for more than 270 years. People speak fluently both Slovak and Serbian, they have Slovak elementary school that CCE have a partnership with, and preserve Slovak traditions. Bacsky Petrovec is well-known for their home-made sausages and good alcohol. Continue reading →
Our lutheran preschool has a nice team of teachers. They love their work and they do their best to create an atmosphere of welcome and acceptance for every child in their care. But sometimes they also need to care for themselves – to strenghten their professional and personal relationships. SO, once a year they go out and have a teambulding, usually in the nature, where they can rest, talk and enjoy each other company. Continue reading →