The impact and challenges of crisis situations in education – International scientific conference at the Rákóczi College

The Department of Pedagogy, Psychology, Teaching, Kindergarten Pedagogy, Education and Institutional Management of Ferenc Rákóczi II Transcarpathian Hungarian College holds an international scientific conference entitled Impact and challenges of crisis situations in education. The conference will take place within the Rákóczi Days event series on 30-31 March.

The participants were greeted by Árpád János Potápi, State Secretary for National Policy of the Prime Minister’s Office.

“In recent years, we have not been short of crises, neither in education nor in our daily lives. But we Hungarians are a crisis-tolerant nation. And this has been especially true for Transcarpathian Hungarians for nearly ten years”,

he said, highlighting that Transcarpathian Hungarians are actively participating in helping Ukrainian refugees. He further stressed that peace in Ukraine is of paramount importance to Hungary and that he is interested in Ukraine being a sovereign, balanced and democratic state governed by the rule of law.

The two-day conference began after the welcome speech, on the first day of which plenary lectures took place.

First, Tamara Puskaryova, Head of the Institute for the Modernization of Educational Content of the National Academy of Educational Sciences of Ukraine, presented her lecture entitled European School Model in Hungarian-Language Schools.

She was followed by Ildikó Orosz, President of Rákóczi College, who gave a lecture entitled The impact and challenges of crisis situations in the education of Transcarpathian Hungarians between 2017 and 2023. In her presentation, she spoke about the legislative process that started in 2017 and which left its mark on minority education. It also proposed solutions to remedy this. In the second half of her presentation, she drew attention to the crisis situation caused by Russian aggression and recalled all the assistance that was and is still provided by the management, teachers and students of Rákóczi College to refugees arriving from inner Ukraine.

Then Aranka Híves-Varga, Head of the Institute of Educational Sciences at the University of Pécs, outlined the coping opportunities of Roma students the attendees.

During the rest of the day, renowned professors and doctors from universities in Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Serbia will give presentations.

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Anita Kurmay