5/12/2012 - "Classrooms of Tomorrow:" AHF Donates Laptops to Zalabér Elementary School. Erika Fedor, AHF Social Committee Chair, presented the laptops to Albert Kiss, principal of the Zalaber Elementary School. Also attending was AHF Associate President, Gyula Balogh and Zsuzsa Dreisziger heads of the Hungarian American Club (Amerikai Magyar Klub www.amkl.org) in Hungary, AHF's sister organization.
The donation is part of a larger "Classrooms of Tomorrow" project that bridges Hungarian students in Zalaber with American counterparts at McIntosh Middle School in Sarasota, Florida.The program's objective is to have students in Hungary work directly on scientific and agricultural topics with their US counterparts via teleconferencing. The funds came from AHF’s Hungarian American Education and Cultural Preservation Fund (AMOKA) and the 2012 Hungarian Charity Ball held on May 10 sponsored by AHF and the Hungarian Scouts of Washington.
Zoltan Bagdy, AHF Associate President and Chair of the AHF Cultural Committee commented, "The challenge of growing up in the "knowledge economy" requires that students learn to interact with a wide variety of media and to create and produce." Quoting John Syvertsen, one of the designers of the project, about the innovative, revolutionary nature of it, he added:
"'What I am imagining is not a place, but a relationship, a relationship between cultures...A collaborative approach to schooling is where learning occurs and where communities --local and global -- are built.' Clearly, this is a project that's exciting for both the American and Hungarian students, exciting, I imagine, with a tinge of nervousness, for the teachers at both places."
Principal David P. Jones of McIntosh Middle School understands the importance of harnessing the endless youthful enthusiasm for learning and using technology to enhance education. His vision was to create “Classrooms of Tomorrow.” A chance meeting with Stefan and Erika Fedor let to discussion about building Educational Bridges between the US and Hungary and Promoting Science Education. A program was born! Erika Fedor got to work and secured the support of Dr. Janos Horvath, Hungarian Member of Parliament, and helped coordinate between the principals at each school.
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[Read the article on the Sarasota Herald Tribune]
Hungarian Charity Balls
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Below are a few of the programs
AMOKA has supported:
- AHF supports scholarships to needy
Hungarian ethnic minority students from 5 countries... AHF Member Bela J.
Bognar, Professor Emeritus, founded the Hungarian Scholarship Fund (HSF) to finance the educational
needs of needy students of Hungarian descent in Hungary and former Hungarian
lands separated from Hungary after the Treaty of Trianon. The HSF is a tax-exempt organization. To date, over 100 Hungarian students from Hungary, Transylvania, Slovakia, Transcarpathian Ukraine, and Vojvodina, Serbia (Vajdasag in Hungarian, annexed by Serbia) have benefitted from the HSF. Students must show demonstrated financial need, academic excellence and be willing to stay in or near their communities to benefit them. AHF has contributed nearly $17,000.00 to scholarships. As of September, 2010, 44 recipients have completed their university studies.
2. SUPPORTING HUNGARIAN SCHOOLS:
5/12/2012 - AHF Donates Laptops to Zalaber Elementary School. Erika Fedor, AHF Social Committee Chair, presented the laptops to Albert Kiss, Principal of the Zalaber Elementary School. Also attending was AHF Associate President, Gyula Balogh and Zsuzsa Dreisziger heads of the Hungarian American Club in Hungary, AHF's sister organization.
The donation is part of a larger "Classrooms of the Future" project that bridges Hungarian middle-school students in Zalaber with American counterparts at McIntosh Junior High School in Sarasota, Florida. The funds came from AHF’s Hungarian American Education and Cultural Preservation Fund (AMOKA) and the 2012 Hungarian Charity Ball held on May 10 sponsored by AHF and the Hungarian Scouts of Washington.
- AHF supported the Hungarian School in tiny Hungarian Village in Slovakia. The school is located in a little ethnic Hungarian village of under 800 people, Vaján (or Vojany in Slovak after annexation following the Treaty of Trianon) in the Kassa District (Kosice) of Slovakia. Anti-Hungarian practices in Slovak state school registration and the Slovak Language Law forbidding the use of Hungarian in official business make it difficult for these historic communities to preserve their over 1000-year-old heritage. The smallest communities are the hardest hit and Church programs are the only option. Funds from the Hungarian May Ball co-sponsored by the Hungarian Scouts of Washington were targeted at this effort. [read more]
- The 2011 Hungarian Ball in Washington, DC, supported the Hungarian Reformed Church Nursery School in Bácskossuthfalva: Founded in 2005, this is the ONLY such school recognized by Serbian authorities. Despite the recognition, Serbia has refused to extend any financial support.
The school is under serious financial distress and your support is greatly needed and appreciated.
See the VIDEO INTERVIEW ( magyarul).
- AHF supported Hungarian Schools in the
Csango Regions. AHF held a gala event and honored Brother Csaba Bojte, whose incredible work resulted in
the establishment of eight homes for the abandoned Hungarian orphans in
Transylvania. In May 2005, he started building the first Hungarian School in
the Csango Region, where the Romanian policy of destruction of Hungarian
heritage is the strongest.100% of these proceeds went to Brother Bojte. [read more]
3. CULTURAL PRESERVATION:
- Preserving a proud past: Hungarians and Americans have been connected inextricably from the start. Americans of Hungarian descent
have fought and died in every American war since the War ofIndependence. Many of the Hungarian American heroes from countlessbattles are buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
AHF established regular commemorations to preserve the memory of these brave souls and serve as an educational resource for future generations.2007 Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony
at Arlington National Cemetery, for example, included a wreath laying the Tomb of the
Unknown Soldier and walking tour of Hungarian-American gravesites. [read more].
- AHF donated to the Rákóczi Szövetség (Rakoczi Foundation) supporting ethnic Hungarian communities in the Carpathian Basin. The donation was targeted at providing scholarships and other support to students and families in Slovakia. Anti-Hungarian practices in Slovak state school registration and the Slovak Language Law forbidding the use of Hungarian in official business make it difficult for these historic communities to preserve their over 1000-year-old heritage.
- Hungarian Scouting - The
Magyar Cserkészszövetség, the primary national Scouting
organization of Hungary, was founded in 1912. Later, Hungary was a founding member of the World Scout Bureau in 1922. The first Hungarian National Jamboree in 1926 had 10,000 participants.
Hungary hosted the fourth World Jamboree in 1933 at the royal forest of
Gödöllo, outside Budapest, in which 26,000 Scouts from 54 nations
camped together. The camp chief was Teleki Pál, the member of the
International Committee who later became Prime Minister of Hungary. Scouting was well organized and popular
in Hungary until it was officially abolished by the Communist regime in
1948, but remained nascent underground. In 2007, proceeds from the Hungarian Ball in Washington helped helped ensure Washington Hungarian Scout participation
in the 21st World Scout Jamboree in England.
- Rebuilding Museum following the disaster of Hurricane Katrina: AHF distributed funds to the Arpadhon (Albany,
LA) Hungarian Settlement Historical Society (HSHS). Julia Bika of the
Louisiana Hungarians, who also suffered the wrath of Katrina, represented
AHF as our liaison to HSHS. The funds were used to rebuild the Society's main building that was damaged in the storm.
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