In schools in Slovakia, students must study either Religious Education or Ethics. Often the schools provide only the textbook and an exercise-book. The other resources are left for the religion teachers to supply, they often has to buy books using private money. The result is, that there is lack of Bibles and supporting reference books and Bible engagement material. The situation is only a little bit better at the church schools. Many schools enter the biblical competitions, which run from local up to national level, but those schools without resources struggle to educate their students and raise enthusiasm among the students to participate. The level of religion education or preparation for biblical competition would be greatly increased if the pupils or the students had Bibles and related materials.
The Slovak Bible Society wants to provide each school with a set of good quality resources including:
the Slovak Ecumenical Bible,
History of Bible for children,
the Bible Atlas,
Guide for studying Bible for students,
the Bible Story Book.
The aim of the project is to improve the level of Religious Education in schools and to support the school process to help a new generation to become familiar with the Bible.
"Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." Mark 10:14 NIV
Three phases of the project:
1st. phase, August 2011 to May 2012 - COMPLETED
153 sets of maps + 153 packages of Bible study materials had been distributed to 153 schools in Banska Bystrica district. Also 950 copies of "Bible story book" pamphlets and 20 copies of "Illustrated Bible encyclopedia" (for winners) had been provided for participants in the Biblical competition in the year 2012 in Banska Bystrica district.
2nd. phase, July 2012 to May 2013 - COMPLETED
365 sets of maps + 365 packages of Bible study materials had been distributed to 365 schools in Trencin, Kosice, Presov and Zilina regions. Also 70 copies of "Illustrated Bible encyclopedia" and 3,325 copies of "Bible story book" pamphlets had been provided for participants in Biblical competitions in the year 2013 in districts: Trencin, Kosice, Presov, Zilina.
3rd. phase, January 2016 to December 2016 - needs funding
350 sets of maps + 350 packages of Bible study materials would be distributed to 350 schools in Bratislava, Trnava, Nitra districts. Also 70 copies of "Illustrated Bible encyclopedia" and 3,325 copies of "Bible story book" pamphlets would be provided for participants in Biblical competitions in the year 2016 in districts: Bratislava, Trnava, Nitra.
We pray for the teachers, to be encouraged and passionate about teaching of the Religious Education. Their work is very important, can inspire lives and Faith of future generations. Moreover, we pray for children, so they will be interested in the Word of God and in reading the Bible on a daily basis. We will be very grateful if you pray with us for this things. Thank you!