Integration As a Community Experience - a Hungarian mini-project (EN)

Hunor Király

“The integration of multiply disadvantaged– mostly Roma – children is not a success story in Hungary.” This is how the implementers of the mini-project introduce the topic. They say, there are no efforts for positive interpretation of the process of integration in Hungarian society, nor the establishment. Moreover, there are distressing tendencies in public thinking. “I want wellbeing for myself here and now. No matter what. I don’t care about long term consequences.” This is how they describe typical public attitude. And this attitude is more and more conventional. “Hungarians tend to chew on the negative cases. This strengthens stereotypes.” Integration is questioned on all levels.


“We would like to offer an eye-opener experience to educators. A buzz. A better understanding through an experience and feelings to a positive judgement of integration.” the implementers of the mini-project Integration as a Community Experience explain.


Target group of the project:

  • schools with high percentage of multiply disadvantage children, mostly Roma pupils 

  • other institutions where the aim for integration has recoiled (after school support tanoda programs, child welfare institutions, etc.)




“We create something beautiful, and we have a good time together.” This is how simply Nóra L. Ritók the leader of Igazgyöngy puts the first step. Involving the teachers step by step is the key of engaging: first they take part as participants to understand the emotional experience, then get trained, and they take over and excercise step by step.


Collective creation workshops will be held in Szeged, Pécs, Budapest, Tiszasziget and Told, and in the second wave a selection of other interactive workshop methods of Igazgyöngy Foundation.  


“At the end of the project, we will collect the methods and create a toolkit for teachers. The toolkit will be published as a supplement in Szitakötő magazine.” Szitakötő is a magazine of high standard for children and techers, a partner in this project.



Implementing partners:


  • Élménylelő Association (Pécs)
  • Igazgyöngy Foundation (Berettyóújfalu-Told)
  • Hungarian Pressley Ridge Foundation (Budapest)
  • Faág Association (Pécs)
  • Liget Műhely Foundation, Szitakötő Program (Budapest)
  • Motiváció Educational Association (Szeged)
  • Budai Városkapu Educational Center (Pécs)


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Pictures from UCCU Roma Informal Educational Foundation and H2O's joint project aiming to raise awareness on cultural diversity among 3rd graders in

Resources — Background materials

Wellbeing is one of the most important topics of our project. In this presentation, you can familiarize yourself with the



Call for Proposals Education Grassroots Activism in Hungary


The Open Society Education Support Program is pleased to invite project proposals from Hungarian civil society organizations that aim to work towards community cohesion and a strengthened, more vocal grassroots educational civil society through the involvement of a wide range of education stakeholders.

Project proposals should address one or more of the following themes: discrimination in education and promoting equal opportunities for all; promoting the role of education in increasing well-being and civic participation; playing a mediating role between vulnerable groups and the mainstream society; mobilizing and uniting divided communities around issues of education and social inclusion; and articulating key messages on the above themes to the wider public and policymakers. 

Eligibility Criteria

Organizations registered in Hungary that cumulatively meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • formally registered grassroots organizations with a not-for-profit character and established legal status
  • organizations carrying out work related to formal or non-formal education, social inclusion, or youth work
  • organizations working at the community level and making use of volunteer support



Project proposals should be submitted in English using the provided application form and budget template. The implementation period must not fall outside September 1, 2017–August 31, 2018. The maximum grant size is U.S.$15,000.


For more information and downloadable files (complete guidelines, project proposal form, budget template), please visit the Open Society Foundations website.

Submissions should be made via the Open Society Foundations Grant Portal.


Required Documentation

To complete your submission, you will be asked to upload a completed proposal form, including completed Annex 1 and Annex 2, a filled-in budget template, the organization’s latest annual financial report, and CVs of project manager(s) and the organization’s leadership. Download the complete guidelines, budget template, and grant proposal form from the Download Files section.

The application deadline is June 16, 2017 (5:00 p.m. CET). Incomplete or late applications will not be given consideration.

Successful applicants will be notified by July 11, 2017. Rejection letters will be issued by July 18, 2017.