Sunday, March 13, Krimuldas ev.lut. in the church, after a long break, children and young people gathered again in person for the Sunday school lesson. The joy of meeting was genuine and heart-warming. It was made even more special by the presence of invited guests – missionary David Jose Saharaui, musician Aivars Lapsanas, violinist Ilze Gagaine. At the same time, this was the first lesson that took place within the Erasmus + program project “Mobile Program for Youth Learners” (MoPYL), in which a curriculum with 39 lesson plans of Sunday school lessons based on Christian values is developed for developing leadership and motivation for young people.
The aim of this lesson was to encourage young people to be brave, follow their heart’s calling and develop their talents, thereby promoting and strengthening their personality. This was confirmed by the missionary David from Spain, a guest of the church, with his example and personal charisma. He told the audience about his participation in mission projects in India and Africa, where he worked with refugees. While in Latvia, the missionary’s work with refugees continues, because children from Ukraine, who came to Latvia with their families as war refugees, participated in the lesson together with the young generation of the congregation. The Krimulda parish also provides selfless support and help to them.
The interplay of musicians Aivaras Lapsanas, his talented children and musical instruments managed by Ilze Gagaine pleased the hearts of all present, confirming that music unites, brings joy and sounds like gratitude to God.
It should be reminded that the project “Mobile Program for Youth Learners” is an international project, which is implemented by Krimulda ev.luth.congregations and partners Scout Society from Romania and St. Gabriel School from Spain. It develops a curriculum aimed at young people between the ages of 13 and 15, helping them to cultivate skills aimed at the development of a young person as a responsible, motivated personality endowed with leadership qualities. The content is based on basic Christian values in order to eliminate any kind of discrimination and promote youth equality, acceptance of diversity, civic activity and the desire to participate in public processes. As part of the project, the curriculum is implemented in Krimulda parish Sunday school classes and Romanian scout training.
The curriculum will support educators, including Sunday school teachers, and training managers working with young people in Latvia and Europe. It will be possible to use and adapt it in both formal and non-formal education of young people in various sectors, including religion, culture and education. The curriculum will be freely available in the digital environment in Latvian, Spanish, Romanian and English.
The project is co-funded by the European Union. The project is implemented in the “Erasmus+” program in cooperation with the Agency for International Programs for Youth.
“The project “Mobile Program for Youth Learners” is financed with the support of European Commission’s programm “Erasmus+”. This publication reflects only the author’s views, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained there in.”