The Association of Hungarian Teachers in Slovakia is the initiator of the TalenDay movement in this country.
The first TalentDay was organised on 12-13 April, 2008, in Roznava, where Hungarian speaking teachers of South Slovakia conferred on a wide range of topics concerning talent support, special educational needs of gifted children and the financial resources available to talent support organisations. (Detailed programme, doc, in Hungarian)
The TalentDay was opened by the mayor of Roznava, Vladislav Laciak. Keynote speeches were delivered by Endre Czeizel, professor of genetics, addressing the topic of "Talent and Fate", and professor László Balogh, who presented an overview of school-based talent support programmes. Péter Csermely, president of the National Talent Support Council presented a speech on the role of research in the early phases of scientific talent development, and Milos Novak, head of Banska Bystrica county educational and cultural department gave a presentation on the role of teachers in Slovakia in talent support. After the keynote speeches, the conference continued its work in thematic sessions, taking a closer look at talent and creativity, the responsibility of the intelligentsia towards the gifted young, or teaching and learning startegies.
The programme was not resticted to professional talks: in a colourful evening session the very best of South Slovakian talent, the festival-winner "KGSZT" Kosice Secondary School Theatre Company took center stage.
Representatives of TalentPoints in South-West Slovakia organized their first TalentDay on 22 January, 2010 in Kolarovo (Gúta).
The round tabel discussion focused on the cooperation of the TalentPoints is the region, their talent support activities as well as their fund-raising opportunities. Emphasis was made on the need of professional training of employees, which will undoubtadely enhance the quality of talent support activities provided by the educational institutions of the region.
The meeting did not restricte itself to theoretical questions: a large number of organizations were offered the opportunity to give a first-hand presentation of their work. Among others, the Galanta TalentPoint, specializing in maintaining national heritage presented its curriculum, the Kodály TalentPoint of Dunajská Streda (Dunaszerdahely) made a presentation of the artworks created by their students in painting and drawing. Representatives of higher educational institurions of the region gave an account of how teachers-to-be are trained to deal with gifted kids in the classroom. Accreditred teacher tartining courses are not yet available to date, however officials understand the importance of such innovations to the curriculum of teacher training in Slovakia.