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A trainee went on a rough ride

A trainee went on a rough ride

Seven-day weeks, up to 13 hours a day on duty, set meal times and a mixture of languages from 60 nations: that's how young lena eschenbacher from bad staffelstein spent her last two months. From the beginning of november to the end of december 2019, the 18-year-old was at sea. With the cruise ship MS albatros, which sails under the flag of the bahamas, the prospective hotel manager has traveled to more than 15 mostly african countries. And all this during their training.

The vocational school (berufsschule II in bamberg) took part, she says: "i just have to rewrite all my schoolwork up to date." Her employer andreas poth, general manager of the best western plus hotel in bad staffelstein, had also given his okay for the internship on board.

Extensively prepared

After the application, which she submitted as a video in september, further tests followed before the journey via nurnberg and munich to south africa could begin. Lena needed a certificate of fitness for sea service, plus the yellow fever vaccination. "I had to go to rostock for a week for basic safety training, that was a requirement of the shipping company, she tells. There, rescue and first aid were taught, but also rescue islands were built, swimming and personal rescue were practiced. Not so easy, everything was done in english.

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Young people are not disinterested

Young people are not disinterested

Education has never been an easy task and every era has had its challenges – until today. This was the topic of the panel discussion with state parliament president barbara stamm in the riedenberg church on the subject of "education in the field of tension between christian values and the realities of life clearly. The event was deliberately held in the church as part of the art project "tracks to light were held under the cross of light, with the aim of passing on the christian faith and its values to future generations.

In addition to the president of the state parliament, the rector of the elementary and secondary school in wildflecken, christiane helfrich, and the regional youth chaplain, roland pietryga, of bad kissingen, were speaking partners of bernhard hopf, lecturer for liturgy and liturgical education of the diocese of wurzburg, who had taken over the moderation.

Many questions were raised and a lot of space was given to the analysis of the current situation in families, schools and society. Is christianity still wanted at all?? What role does it play in today’s society, or rather in the rhon? How is christian faith experienced and present in schools, youth work and politics?? What role religion will play in education in syncretic times?

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No fear of the bogeyman

No fear of the bogeyman

Hammelburg – the chimney sweep guild of the district of lower franconia released g 14 journeymen and cured three master craftsmen. Chief master craftsman reinhold noe presented the master craftsman's and journeyman's certificates after a lavish celebration. The saxophone quartet of the hammelburg town band provided the musical backdrop.
Two of the "black lucky charms are employed in jurgen zellhahn's company in machtilshausen: the newly qualified journeyman johannes fella from hammelburg and the new master andre reusch (wasserlosen). "Because I have daily contact with many people and because of my versatile tasks, I love my beautiful job", betrayal of the new chimney sweep master reusch. He had worked hard to pass the master craftsman's exam and had often traveled to the training seminars in the upper palatinate. "Free time has been a foreign word to me for the past three years", reusch thanks his family and circle of friends for their understanding.
With the master craftsman's certificate in his hands, a big stone has now fallen from reusch's heart. The new journeyman johannes fella is also overjoyed. With the words "we have packed it" the hammelburger gladly joins the group photo of the new lower frankish journeymen. Before his next chimney sweep assignment, he still wants to do his voluntary military service.
"Who is afraid of the black man?", mayor ernst stross (SPD) quoted the well-known saying at the beginning of a catch game. Despite the imminent end of the chimney sweep monopoly at the coming turn of the year, the chimney sweep profession has good prospects for a good future. "Because they are the guarantors for the domestic security and competent energy advisers" with their heard expert knowledge, emphasized stross.

Fell: "saving energy helps"
Energy has become an important issue not only for the national economy, but increasingly also for private households, emphasized mdb hans-josef fell (grune / bundnis 90) in his keynote speech. In view of the immense increase in heating oil prices, he said, precautionary measures for heat insulation, especially of old buildings, and responsible handling of energy materials are becoming increasingly urgent.
"Especially for the socially disadvantaged, there is the consequence of careful energy conservation", meant fur. As a positive side effect, fewer pollutants were released into the air. "You have a good professional future in the countryside because you know the people there, fell encouraged the new chimney sweepers.
"Punctuality, reliability and professional competence pay off", noe encouraged the young chimney sweepers to continue their education for life. Teamwork and social-communicative skills were also required. "Hard work, talent and enthusiasm, the head of training in lower franconia, harald schuldes, also expressed his wish for the new team.
The fact that there have been so few master craftsmen's titles is due to the tough examination requirements, confirmed ernst richter, deputy chairman of the lower franconian guild examination committee. Besides andre reusch (wasserlosen), simon bauer (schweinfurt) and maximilian heider (mainaschaff) also received their master craftsman's diplomas.
Only 14 of the total of 20 journeymen were able to attend the celebration. Among them was the only female chimney sweep, arnika buttner, from frensdorf (near aschaffenburg), who plans to work in the bamberg area. "I feel comfortable in the ranks and use my elbows if necessary", betrayed them. After graduating from high school, the charming chimney sweeper only needed two years of training. "I like to be with people and I also like to make them happy, says arnika. The top scorers, journeyman mario zimmermann from heimbuchenthal and young master maximilian heider from mainaschaff, received a small financial award from IKK regional director reinhold heller. The former second superintendent jurgen zellhahn had organized the ceremony, which takes place every year at a different location. With the music academy he had made a happy choice, as was confirmed to him by several sides.