More than 1500 pupils from the first to third grade, as well as about 400 children from the preparatory groups, study the subject „Religion“ in the municipality of Petrich.
For the second consecutive year in our most southwest municipality, the children are brought up in the orthodox beliefs. We recall that the municipality of Petrich was a pioneer in the Blagoevgrad region with regard to the introduction of subject „Religion“ in pre-school age, first, second and third grade, as an optional subject by the students.
The schedule for the study of the subject was prepared jointly with the directors and coordinated with the education inspectorate. Except in Petrich, the subject „Religion“ is studied in Sandanski, Gotse Delchev, Bansko and Blagoevgrad. The Metropolitan of Nevrokop is the first diocese in Bulgaria, which started making children’s summer camps, which have been held for more than 20 years in the Hadjidimovo Monastery.
The Orthodox Information Center in Blagoevgrad organized for years years a series of activities with children and young people, both in informing and studying the faith, as well as in preventive activities against drug abuse and sectarian delusions.