The social inclusion programmes operating in Katymár in Bács-Kiskun County are regarded as outstanding, exemplary programmes by European standards. The Sure Start Children’s Centre and the Social Land Programme are working together hand in hand in the village that is amongst the poorest localities in Hungary. The two locally funded programmes ensure the development of disadvantaged children and provide a living for families.
Hungary and Germany will soon launch several Roma programmes, Human Resources Minister Zoltan Balog said in Berlin on Thursday after talks with German officials. The Minister, who is on an official visit to Germany, met with Ministers of State Cornelia Pieper and Eckart von Kladen, as well as with Romani Rose, President of the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma.
An American project on the safer building of communities aimed at initiating social debate began on Tuesday at the Central European University with the screening of a documentary and a conference. In addition to the US and Norwegian Ambassadors, the Ministry of Human Resources' Minister of State for Social Inclusion also gave a speech.
The integrated regional Child Chance programmes will create new opportunities for thousands of children living in extreme poverty and their parents in Nógrád County, thanks to EU funding worth some half a billion forints. As a result of this initiative, 1,500 children have received free meals in the past two years, and Sure Start Children’s Centres, IT facilities and community centres have been established.
In Bódvalenke, Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County, Minister of Human Resources Zoltán Balog spoke of the importance of culture, work, education and solidarity at an event to mark International Roma Day, within the framework of which a wide range of programmes helped to present the varied culture of the Roma people.
Members of a delegation from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia who arrived in Hungary as part of a UN development project may obtain first-hand information on Hungary’s social inclusion strategy and the related governmental measures. Deputy State Secretary for Social Inclusion at the Ministry of Human Resources (Mrs) Langerné, Katalin Victor said in her welcome speech that it is important that foreign experts working on similar issues should not only find out about the inclusion measures of the Hungarian Government from various news reports but should obtain first-hand information from the most authentic sources, based on personal experiences.
Press release of the State Secretariat for Social Inclusion and the State Secretariat for Church, Minority and Non-governmental Relations on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Sure Start Children’s Centres may obtain their funding earlier; this is how the Government seeks to assist the programme built on long-term sustainability.
Minister of Human Resources Zoltán Balog and United States Ambassador Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis paid a visit to Nyiregyhaza on Tuesday to learn about social inclusion programmes for local Roma.
Minister of Human Resources Zoltán Balog declared in Jánoshalma that 20 000 children living in deep poverty will be supported through the recently launched Együtt egymásért ("Together for Each Other") programme. The program will be implemented using HUF 428 million in EU funding.