Contact person: Szilágyi Zsuzsa
Hungarian Genius Program Office / Hungarian Association of Talent Support Organisations (MATEHETSZ)
Address: 1111 Budapest, Karinthy Frigyes út 4-6. II. em./1. Hungary
Phone: 0036 1 361 4094
Website: www.geniuszportal.hu, www.talentday.eu
Events in Hungary in 2011:
The first TalentDay was organized by the Foundation for Talent in Hungary in Budapest, on 25th March 2006, the 125th birth anniversary of Béla Bartók, the world famous Hungarian composer. In the recent few years, several Hungarian organizations and associations organized their own TalentDays. This year the following organisations have initiated TalentDays:
- March 26, 2011: Budapest, Uránia Nemzeti Filmszínház, II. National TalentDay and Talent Awards Ceremony for 400 people – MATEHETSZ, Hungarian Genius Program Office (www.geniuszportal.hu)
- April 9, 2011: Budapest, Hotel Kulturinnov, First European TalentDay for 250 people - Oktatásért Közalapítvány, MATEHETSZ, Hungarian Genius Program Office (www.talentday.eu)
- Local TalentDays are organised throughout the year all over Hungary (www.geniuszporatl.hu/tehetsegnapok)
Talent Support in Hungary:
Talent support has long traditions in Hungary, which have created a large number of succesful programmes run by schools, state/local governments, churches and NGO-s.
National Talent Support Programme
Hungarian priority of talent support is exemplified by the 20-year long National Talent Support Programme adopted by the Hungarian Parliament in 2008, which secures continuous and long-term support of talents by establishing policy guidelines and a National Talent Fund providing financial support.
Hungarian National Talent Support Council
The National Talent Support Programme and other activities were promoted and backed by the Hungarian National Talent Support Council. Presently the Council is the organiser of a nationwide talent support project, called the Hungarian Genius Project, aiming to make a nationwide talent support network funded by the EU Structural and Social Funds. The Hungarian National Talent Support Council is a corporate member of the European Council for High Ability (ECHA) and has affiliate membership in the World Council of Gifted and Talented Children (WGTC).
Hungarian Genius Project
What’s it all about?
The Hungarian Genius Project is a three-year European Union funded talent support project embedded in the twenty-year long National Talent Support Programme. Launched in Summer 2009, the Project now has more than 350 TalentPoints in Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Ukraine and Austria linked together in a special talent support model called the Genius Network. Acknowledging that talent may be a hidden potential in every one of us, the Project develops the support structure of long-term, organised talent support work and builds intersectoral cooperation that helps children and young people recognise, cultivate and utilise their abilities and talents regardless of background or place of living.
The Hungarian Genius Network has local centres in and outside of Hungary offering help for teachers, parents and children in talent identification, talent support and career orientation based on continuous information and best practice exchange within the network.
What is the project about?
The Hungarian Genius Project Office in Budapest functions as the coordinating body within this network of TalentPoints. Within the framework of building the infrastructure of long-term, structured talent support, the objectives of Hungarian Genius Project are:
- To develop groups of educators and other experts who have an understanding of the needs of gifted and talented children and are able to catalyse their development;
- To establish and develop a website and a Talent Map to support information exchange and dissemination within the Genius Network;
- To offer a variety of teacher training courses, seminars and printed resources that raise awareness of teachers, parents on the educational, emotional, social needs of gifted and talented children;
- To provide guidance and counseling to educators working in TalentPoints and Talent Support Councils which organisations function as nodes of the Genius Network;
- To develop and maintain a financing scheme called Talent Loan to support the initial steps of emerging talents;
- To bring the idea of talent support grass-roots and make it a real tangible topic in community settings through initiating local Talent Days;
- To raise awareness of the needs of gifted and talented children and of the benefits of organised talent support in local, national educational settings as well as in regional, national and European decision-making platforms;
- To enhance European co-operation, such as exchanging information, disseminating project results and best practices through organising international conferences and promoting the EU TalentDay initiative.
Based on the achievments of the three-year Hungarian Genius Project, another two-year project, called Talent Bridges Program is planned to continue the expansion of structured talent support work in Hungary. If you would like to know more about the present activities and achievements of the Hungarian Genius Project or want to read more about further local and international plans, you can download an information brochure here:
or visit the English version of the Genius Portal here: