Children of Kispest were on summer holiday Kispest - Pendik Friday August 26, 2011
The sister town exchange recreation program ended with success also this year. Almost one hundred children of Kispest could travel abroad. Since the local government has been dealing with the sister town connections intensively – this is typical of the district management especially since the previous cycle starting in 2006 – more than one thousand children of Kispest could travel abroad and just as many foreign students could get acquainted with the district sights, Hungarian culture and scenes as well as people living here.
Last seven years children of Kispest travelled to the Hungarian inhabited Sombor (Serbia), Vrbovec (Croatia), Smolyan (Bulgaria), Krzeszowice (Poland) and this year to the Turkish Pendik (district in Istanbul). Every year students of different schools of the district have the opportunity to spend the summer holiday abroad supported by the local government. In the frame of this year program students of Deák Ferenc Secondary School travelled to Turkey, pupils of Erkel Ferenc Elementary School to the Croatian seaside, children of the Ady school to Sombor and pupils of the Pannónia school got to Poland. This year the groups started in middle of July, after the foreigners had got acquainted with Kispest and sights of Hungary, respectively. Similarly to previous years Hungarian and the sister town organizers also made a busy program. In Croatia the seaside bathing trips were, or course, excellent events, in Poland trip to Krakow and for the adult attendants visiting to Auschwitz concentration camp meant unforgettable experience. The “Turkish group” could see historical sights of Istanbul and could enrich with innumerous adventures on two sides of Bosporus straits. It is a matter of special curiosity that thanks to István Szilágyi, chief organizer, parents living at home could get online information continuously on testvervaros.kispest.hu website, so they did not need to worry much about the children. For that purpose the local government gained considerable material support from the European Union to the programs this year.