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Oceredok CYM London were celebrating at a special CYM shodyny on Saturday 23rd April. At the start of their regular Saturday activities the whole oceredok took part in a ceremony to recognise those who had passed their CYM exams and to receive badges for achieving ‘Stupyn I, II and III Molodshy’ and ‘Stupyn I Starshy.’
Yunatstvo across both Molodshy and Starshy groups have been working hard over the past few months to revise their knowledge of CYM, Ukrainian history, geography, nature and in particular the ‘Zakony Yunatstva’ or ‘rules to live by’ to be a good CYMivits.
With so many yunatstvo taking part, the exams, both verbal and written, took place over several Saturdays in March 2016. Ispytova Komisiya were very impressed with the high standard of answers given by many of the children. KY representative, Podryha Hania Szlachetko, who attended one exam session commented “I have never seen such a high standard – I have seen children before who have been able to say a few lines of a poem in Ukrainian, but many of these children could reel off all the verses of not just one, but several poems off by heart.”
In total, the following badges were given out : nine 1st Level Exam for Molodshe Yunatstvo “Otroka”, eleven 2nd Level Exam for Molodshe Yunatstvo “Vistovij, eleven for 3rd Level Exam for Molodshe Yunatstvo “Zvidun” and four for 1st Level Exam for Starshe Yunatstvo “Voyin”. As part of the badge giving ceremony, yunatstvo also pledged their oath while holding the CYM flag and recited ‘Slovo’ (for Molodshy) and ‘Obitnytsya’ (for Starshy’).
Thanks go to everyone who helped the children pass, and especially to the vyhovnyky who have worked so hard with the children over the past months.