|Project title||Politics in school? Teachers can help|
|Thematic area||Democracy and human rights|
|Name of the organization||Eötvös Károly Foundation|
|Phone||06 1 212 48 00|
|Project manager||Somody Bernadette|
|Project timeframe||April 1st, 2015 - March 31st, 2016|
|Amount of support||14,497 €|
Education for democracy is one of the most important duties of public education. Policy-making, as the profession of dealing with public issues, has a place in schools. However, in order to ensure the particularly vulnerable rights of people participating in education, politics appearing in public educational institutions should take place within a clearly set framework and party politics should be forbidden.
The Eötvös Károly Institution (EKINT) and the Association of Hungarian History Teachers (TTE) together launched a one-year comprehensive programme from 1st April 2015 in order to make it clear for the public and the educational communities what is acceptable and what is not in a democracy in connection with the relationship of school and politics. Their aim is that no one would be disadvantaged in public education because of his/her political views.
Teachers have a key role in ensuring the rights of children, parents and fellow teachers therefore a training programme in October 2015 was launched, which develops their professional skills and competences. The organizers would like to achieve that teachers and leaders of educational institutions gain skills that can easily be used in practice, make them able to differentiate among desired, acceptable and forbidden forms of politics in schools and to find the correct answers from both educational and legal point of view for emerging problems.
The project pursues an educational and awareness-raising campaign. Case studies and recommendations will be published about the appropriate relationship of school and politics on the project’s website. http://iskolaespolitika.hu/
The organizers are available in connection with individual cases and help to enforce legal measures.