300 postcards from children and young people for the district administrator
A few weeks ago, an unusual mailing reached District Administrator Dr. Reinhard Kubat at the district office: more than 300 children and young people from Waldeck-Frankenberg sent the head of the district office a personal postcard - and wrote down what particularly moved them at the moment in the ongoing Corona pandemic. The district administrator is pleased about so much trust.
"The Corona pandemic, which has now been affecting all our lives for a year, is a burden for all of us - but especially for the young people in our society," says Dr. Reinhard Kubat. "I am therefore very touched that so many children and young people have contacted me in this way." Wishes, fears, worries, but also hopes and things for which they are grateful were expressed to the district administrator by the children and young people between the ages of seven and 19 in this way - and written off their own souls.
Seeing family and friends, celebrating birthdays, pursuing their own hobbies, traveling or playing sports: In the messages, the longing of children and adolescents for normality becomes particularly clear. But it also becomes clear: The corona-related pressure at school, home schooling or the contact and hygiene rules at school are also increasingly a burden for the adolescents.
"We started the campaign together with the children and young people because it is important for them to become aware of what the Corona pandemic means for them personally in this exceptional situation," says Petra Ullrich, parish officer in the Twiste-Eisenberg church district, which initiated the campaign under the title "We are relevant to the future" together with colleagues in the church district. "The children and young people can thus get rid of their worries and thoughts and put on paper what moves them in the current time."
Giving expression to these thoughts plays an important role, especially in a situation like this, district administrator Dr. Reinhard Kubat is certain. "We want to make it clear that we listen to and perceive the concerns and wishes of our children and young people," the district chief continued. "I want to tell them that similar things also move me - and that the children and young people are not alone with their thoughts." Even if it seems difficult at the moment, he said, it is important to continue to persevere in solidarity and as a community - to join forces to contain the pandemic and return to a long-awaited new normality as quickly as possible.