01IMG 20170423 135131The Artisan's Association of Fehérvár has organized the Artisan's camp for kids in Pusztina for the fifth time this year from 17-28th of april.

The artisan team from Fehérvár came to Pusztina with select goals which have been implemented into the daily activities.
The camps so far have reached their goals in terms of the improvement of the handicraft, the speech practice, the hungarian speaking motivation and talking willingness. This was particularly evident among young parents, who, working together with their children noticed how important it is to learn and use the hungarian mother tongue. They admitted that the knowledge and use of a foreign language is often important in everyday life. Despite the achievements, there's much left to be done for those who deem the conservation of the csángó folk and language important.
Dr. Gulyás Antal, woodcarver, built a small house out of pre-made parts together with the kids, which they called dog house. They made a dog out of felt, who sits in front of the house. Then they painted medals and made a string for it and hung it in the neck.
Dr. Gulyás Antalné, folk weaver, expert of applied arts made a doll with the kids. They also wove flowers, rugs and ribbons. The kids learned many different weaving techniques through this. They could do the things they learned in former years more nicely and on a higher level. It is worth mentioning that the young moms also joined the work that they already started experimenting with last year. They have already been weaving during the year, they held weaving programs in the afternoon, they practiced, taught eachother, the parents and their kids.
Pokrovenszky Lászlóné taught the kids sewing. They made different pieces: dolls, flowers, finger puppets, bookmarks, animal figures and keyrings. The children loved this activity, which required persistence and diligence. They gladly showed their work to everyone and played with them.
They poured plaster figures based on Rózsavölgyi Ágnes's weaving ideas. After painting them, they made door door decorations  and postcards out of it. Jewels have been made with different techniques. The older kids made satchels with the of Hidvégi Miklós leatherworker.
Based on teacher and story-teller Lukács Andrea's selection, a plethora of hungarian folktales gave the supply for the daily language exercise. The program also included sentence forming, riddles about animals and vocabulary training with board games.

On the last day we made an exhibition of the works and closed the artisan week with a ceremony. The event was made colourful by the poems, scenes and rhymes that the kids performed. It was spectacular that the children and the parents showed up in traditional Csángó costumes. The program was made more exciting by the dancing and singing performances. The parents saw their kids' linguistic development, which was made apparent by their use of expressions and tone. Of course all of this was significantly substantiated by all the programs held all year in the Hungarian House. It became apparent that the preschoolers had a harder time using their hungarian csángó language than the children of school-age, which was evidence of the improvement. However, there's still a lot of work left for the language teachers.

We thank all the members of the Artistan's Association of Fehérvár working in Pusztina and their supporters, the local government of Székesfehérvár, the employees and teachers of the Hungarian House, whose hard work contributed to the growing success.

The camp was supported by:

1. Dr. Cser-Palkovics András, mayor of Székesfehérvár

2. Deák Lajosné municipal councillor

3. Östör Annamária municipal councillor

The pictures can be viewed here in the Gallery.