Slovaks in Hungary Lack Teachers and Support for Education

Slovaks in Hungary Lack Teachers and Support for Education

9.5.2019 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov | Prezentácia Slovenska v zahraničí

During his working trip in Budapest, Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, met with representatives of Slovak organizations in Hungary with a nation-wide scope, who expressed their appreciation for the support in education, culture and other activities of the Slovaks living in Hungary.


 “We care about maintaining and developing the national consciousness, education and culture of Slovaks living in Hungary, and we will continue to support the Slovak compatriot community with concrete steps and measures,” emphasized Parízek.


According to the census of 2011, 35,208 inhabitants of Hungary declared themselves to be of Slovak nationality; according to the unofficial estimation of compatriots, it is 100 thousand people. They live in 11 counties in the north and southeast of the country; the Slovaks in Hungary are mostly concentrated in the cities of Budapest, Békéscsaba, Tótkomlós (Slovenský Komloš) and Szarvas.


However, the Slovaks in Hungary are getting older, and the average age of the members of the Slovak community is 49.9 years. Representatives of older generations are disappearing from the national public life in Hungary; one of the solutions to this issue is to systematically engage the new generation.


In the situation where there is an  advanced loss of the language, Slovaks in Hungary need help to create a Slovak language environment for children and teachers through study, stays, camps and training in Slovakia. What is also needed is more education for teachers at schools, who should be provided with modern methodology, instruments and tools.  Currently, there are 72 kindergartens and 46 schools with Slovak as the language of instruction.


In relation to the Slovak minority in Hungary, there is a current issue of the purchase and reconstruction of the building of the former Slovak Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Rákóczi út (Rákóczi Avenue) in Budapest. After the reconstruction, this building would be used for the National Minority Self-Government of Slovaks in Hungary. On this topic Parízek will meet with Miklós Soltész, Minister of State for Church, National Minority and Civil Society Relations of the Government Office of Hungary to discuss the establishment of a Slovak Cultural Centre in Budapest.


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