Péter Garai, Deputy State Secretary for Social Inclusion of the Ministry of Human Resources, opened the Bódvalenke Sure Start Children’s Centre known as Freskófalu (Fresco Village) on Thursday. The Deputy State Secretary said in his speech that there are currently children’s centres in more than 110 localities throughout the country. Sure Start Children’s Centres are being established in the country’s most disadvantaged regions as well as in disadvantaged localities or districts with large Roma populations.
State Minister for Social and Family Affairs Miklós Soltész handed over on Wednesday in Budapest “Family-friendly Workplace” awards to 43 institutions and enterprises in four categories. There were over 300 applicants for the awards, which were divided into four categories: government institutions, large, medium and small businesses. Each category had a special prize for one winner while the rest received a plaque denoting their achievement.
The government was able to achieve a paradigm change in child protection, Minister of State for Social and Family Affairs Miklós Soltész said on Wednesday during his opening remarks at a conference on the latest achievements of the Hungarian childcare system. He said the paradigm change was a result of the Government consolidating families – including adoptive and foster parents.
The second “Talent of the Year” awards of the Institute for Educational Research and Development (OFI) were presented to three talented Hungarian students on May 16 in Budapest.
The Prague Book Fair opened on Thursday with Hungary as this year’s guest of honour. Hungarian Minister for Human Resources Zoltán Balog said at the opening ceremony that the region’s peoples should again elevate Central Europe to become a hub of power and strive to understand one another despite language barriers.
Hungary needs a consequent education policy that is stable in the medium term in order to improve students’ PISA results, Sándor Brassói, head of department at the Ministry of Human Resources said at a conference on Wednesday, adding that permanent changes undermine the results of the reforms.
On the 162nd anniversary of the founding of the first Hungarian nursery, Minister of State for Family and Social Affairs Miklós Soltész awarded nursery employees with several decades of experience “Pro Familiis” awards and ministerial diplomas on Wednesday.
A memorial house was inaugurated in honour of Márton Kerecsendi-Kiss on Friday in Bicske in County Fejér. The late poet, writer and teacher operated Hungary’s first Roma school in this building from 1938.
Zoltán Kovács, Minister of State for Social Inclusion of the Ministry of Human Resources, spoke about the results of the National Social Inclusion Strategy and further goals at the conference on Roma issues organised by the Ferencváros Local Government of Budapest's 9th District. The Minister of State stressed that the situation of people living in extreme poverty, including the Roma, may be improved with long-term, sustainable programmes.
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