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Homeschooling organizes in Hungary
Hungary's homeschooling movement is small, but growing and well organized. It seems to be growing fastest in the Christian population, partly as a result of Hungarian homeschoolers working in conjunction with the Westminster Biblical Missions based in Carbondale, Pennsylvania, USA. Dozens of graduates from WBM's seminary in Hungary who have established churches throughout the region are encouraging their congregations and communities to consider homeschooling as an educational option.
Hungarian law allows parents to teach their children at home as private school students. Parents are required to generally follow the state curriculum and have their children examined twice a year. At this point, homeschoolers must first enroll in a state school and then ask for the special private student status, which is routinely granted. Parents are free to teach at home whatever they want in addition to the state curriculum.
WBM seminary graduate Reverend Imre Szoke, along with other homeschooling parents, has spearheaded an effort to establish the Hungarian Home Schooling Association (HHSA), which now has 25 families on its mailing list. HHSA publishes a quarterly newsletter and held its first seminar last fall. Future plans include at least two homeschool seminars each year.
HHSA is also working to create a homeschool curriculum for all grade levels. Szoke has already put together a K-4 curriculum utilizing a combination of textbooks from state schools and from American homeschool correspondence courses. In addition, Home School Legal Defense Association Senior Counsel Christopher Klicka helped arrange for Hungarian parents to receive a special discount on some American curriculum.
HSLDA is excited to see homeschooling taking off in Hungary. Read more about international interest in homeschooling at www.hslda.org.
>>How you can help
The Hungarian Home Schooling Association has expressed a need for help with curriculum and finances. Hungarian parents are more than willing to use American homeschool materials and to distribute them to families who most need such books. Funds are also needed for translation expenses.
Tax-deductible contributions can be designated for HHSA and sent to:
Westminster Biblical Missions
P.O. Box 602
Carbondale, PA 18407
Note: All funds designated for HHSA will be transferred directly to HHSA.