- April 8, 2014
Historical contest “Do I know the history of Poland?” settled
In 11th edition of the Historical Contest “Do I know the history of Poland?”, organized by the Association of Polish School Teachers in Lithuania “Macierz Szkolna”, took part 41 students from the whole Vilnius region. Multitudinously represented were schools from Vilnius region. Amongst participants, there were also students from Ejszsyszki, Soleczniki and Biała Waka.
Contest “Do I know the history of Poland?” is directed to the students from 9th, 10th and 11th classes. Its target is to fill the gap in knowledge of teenagers from Polish schools in Lithuania in the Polish historical field, which in the best case, in Polish schools in Lithuania, is realised on facultative classes, more often – cursorily, within general history programme.
“You have to know the history, you need to get to know it, starting from the closest people, from the history of your family, from your neighbourhood. Historical memory gives a sense of a national identity, of patriotism”, said Józef Kwiatkowski, the representative of the Sejm of the Lithuania and the chairman of the Association of Polish School Teachers in Lithuania “Macierz Szkolna”.
The organizers of historical contest devoted to Polish history said that the level of participants knowledge is getting higher year after year. “Those are both the history teachers who deserve credit for it, who could engage their students in supplementary knowledge, and school principals who found in teaching programme spare hours for extra classes devoted to the history of Poland”. Józef Kwiastkowski said.
Participants of this year edition of Historical Contest “Do I know the hisotory of Poland?” had to solve a test of 20 questions from the Polish history since the Piast times to the newest history. There were questions concerning the occurence in 2014 a 25th anniversary of democratic changes in Poland, 15th anniversary of the Polish entrance to NATO and 10th anniversary of the entrance to EU.
A commission under the guidance of Roman Lachowicz, the history teacher and the author of the book “Krótki zarys historii narodu polskiego”, checked the papers. During this time, participants of the contest went on a trip – they visited Vilnius University.
The first place took Dariusz Cilińdź, the student of the Middle School in Ejszyszki, the second – Grażyna Brazulewicz from pr. J. Obrembski Secondary School in Mejszagoła, the third – Agata Irena Jasińska from pr. J. Obrembski in Mejszagoła.
Kamila Tomaszewskaja – J. Lelewel Secondary School in Vilnius,
Ewelina Wołowiczewa – John Paul II Middle School in Vilnius,
Eryk Rawdanowicz – J.I. Kraszewski Secondary School in Vilnius,
Donat Jurewicz – S. Moniuszko Middle School in Kowalczuki,
Katarzyna Smirnowa – Primary School on Lipówka in Vilnius,
Karol Kurta – J. Śniadecki Middle School in Soleczniki,
Denis Uljanowicz – J. Śniadecki Middle School in Soleczniki.
The winners of the Historical Contest “Do I know the history of Poland?” received diplomas and materials prizes and during the summer they will be invited to a touring summer camp.
Tłumaczenie by Beata Kanadys w ramach praktyk w Europejskiej Fundacji Praw Człowieka, www.efhr.eu. Translated by Beata Kanadys within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.