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2001. Annual Report
History of the Hannah Arendt Association
The members of the Association has been started working together in 1995, after having participated at the "Facing History and Ourselves Summer Institute" in Switzerland. In 1996 the first teacher training seminars were organised under the aegis of the Hungarian Soros Foundation's Tolerance Program. The Hannah Arendt Association was established at the end of 1997.
Mission of the Hannah Arendt Association
The Hannah Arendt Association is a non-profit organisation whose mission is to introduce new teaching materials into schools, which attempt to combat racism, prejudice and group violence and which encourage students to advocate human rights, to develop multicultural thinking, and to become committed and conscientious citizens.
The Association chose Hannah Arendt its eponymous because her analysis on the principles of totalitarian and democratic societies had big influence on our thinking. Her oeuvre helps us to understand prejudices and totalitarism and to protect the values of democracy.
The Association organise teacher training seminars, develops new teaching methods and materials, publish books and films to promote its goals. The Association aspire to build good working contact with other organisation with similar aims in Hungary and abroad.
Members of the Association
The Association has only active members, who are involved on daily basis in the work of the Association, there are 11 registered members. Ten members have university degree and one of them is finishing university in this school year, one has a PhD. Most of the members are grammar-school teachers, one is assistant professor at E.L.University of Budapest, and one works as professional psychologist. All the members participated at Hungarian trainings and/or international trainings as well, and were supervised several times in group-leading. All the members can use English in middle or upper level.
List of the members of the Association
Monika Kovács: president; László Beró: vice president; Judit Kiss: member of the presidency
Alojzia Diósi; Anita Mészáros; Tamás Dávid; Vilmos Vass; Éva Kardos; Mária Mag; Aurél Puskás; András Nyíri.
The structure of the Association
The Association was registered as a non-profit organisation by the Court of Budapest in 1998 under the number of 8033.
The members' meeting is organised at least once a year, and decides about the goals, the programs and the budget. The members' meeting evaluates the activity of the elected presidency.
The Association has a three-member-leadership, that elected for a three-year period and has to report on its activity every year. The presidency consists of three persons: president, vice-president and member of the presidency. The presidency meets at least every third month, but usually more often. The president and the vice president represent the Association, call together the members' meeting, propose the programs and budget, and are in charge of the finances of the Association. The member of the presidency has mainly administrative and fund-raising duties. The president and the vice president are in charge for the financial management and a professional book-keeper keeps accounts. The financial report is supervised by the members’ meeting and the three-member control commission (the members of the control commission are: Mária Rusz, Judit Hatfaludy, Éva N. Borbélyné).
Co-operation with other organisations
Networking between non-profit organisations with similar missions has been initiated by the Hannah Arendt Association in co-operation with the Mangó Muhely". In the last two years there were three meetings where the different programs were presented to each other.
The Hannah Arendt Association's international partners are the Facing History and Ourselves Foundation in Boston and Zürich, and the Network of Educators on the Americas in Washington. The members of the Hannah Arendt Association participated at trainings and conferences organised by these non-profit organisations.
Projects and Activities
"Facing History and Ourselves. Holocaust and Human Behaviour"
In the last four years more than ten teacher trainings were organised by the HAA using "Facing History and Ourselves. Holocaust and Human Behaviour" program, about 500 teachers participated at the trainings. After the success of the introductory training in the last two years the HAA has started organising advanced trainings as well to help teachers to study more thoroughly the introduced ideas. The "Facing History and Ourselves. Holocaust and Human Behaviour" educational program, was developed in the United States but is also implemented in Canada and Europe. Educators who participate in teacher training seminars become familiar with an interdisciplinary approach to teaching. In addition to history, participants study psychological, sociological, ethical and philosophical viewpoints and acquire co-operative learning and democratic teaching techniques.
The program (the introductory and advanced training as well) has been submitted to the teacher training accreditation committee of the Hungarian Ministry of Education and teachers receive certificate and credit points for participating at the trainings. The Association is continuing its teacher trainings (introductory and advanced level), and is organising at least four trainings every year. The teacher trainings have been supported partially by the Hungarian Soros Foundation.
"Citizenship education, building blocks for democracy" new teacher training program
Aims of the project was to introduce citizenship education into schools, which attempt to combat racism, prejudice and group violence and which encourage students to advocate human rights, to develop multicultural thinking, and to become committed and conscientious citizens.
The project has been started in 2001 with the development of the training material and with several trainer-training during the fall. The first teacher training was organised in 2002 and more training is planned for the fall 2002. The program has been submitted to the teacher training accreditation committee of the Hungarian Ministry of Education and teachers receive certificate and credit points for participating at the training. The project has been supported by the Hanadiv Charitable Foundation.
"Holocaust and Citizenship Education Forum" international conference
The Association initiated an international conference on holocaust and citizenship education, which took place in February 18-21 in Budapest in co-operation with the Goethe Institute. The key question of the conference was in which way teachers can promote the deeper understanding of the consequences of racism, prejudice, anti-Semitism and totalitarianism and improve participation in democracy. The school year 2001 was the first one, when the Holocaust was remembered in Hungarian schools, and the purpose of the Forum was to help teachers in the preparation for the first Holocaust Remembrance Day as well. More than seventy teachers participated at the conference and several reports were published on it in Hungarian and German newspapers and on Hungarian television.
The Forum was supported by the Hungarian Ministry of Education, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, the Austrian Cultural Institute, the Canadian Embassy, the Royal Netherlands Embassy, the Israeli Embassy and the Hungarian Soros Foundation.
"Democracy and the Heritage of the Soviet System" International Education Forum
The Association initiated an international conference on the Soviet dictatorship with the intention to help introducing teaching programmes on the Soviet System as well as organising the Remembrance Day for the Victims of the Communism. The aim of the conference was to discuss how can teachers confront their students with the history and the functioning of dictatorships and throw lights upon the importance of respecting human rights, being conscious citizens and guarding the institutions of democracy. The conference took place in December 2001 in Budapest, and more than forty teachers participated at the program. The conference was supported by the Hungarian Soros Foundation and the Hungarian Ministry of Education.
"Dialogue for the Future" program
The Association became connected with the "Dialogue for the Future" program as the Hungarian partner organisation. The program goal is to bring youth together from different European countries to promote friendship and understanding between nations, and develop a European identity. In 1999 the Association organised a three-day conference on tolerance and human rights for those students who applied to participate at the program, and in this meeting ten students were selected to represent Hungary at the international meeting. The project leader accompanied the students to the Berlin meeting. The Association was requested to be the host of the international meeting in 2001. The symbol and the title of the 2001 meeting was "Bridges". The meeting was supported by the Hungarian Soros Foundation and the Mobility Youth Service.
"Facing History and Ourselves" resource book was published with the support of the Soros Foundation. The structure, the continuity of the ideas and most of the chapters of the original American version were preserved in the Hungarian one. However, additional chapters were integrated to include Hungarian history, contemporary Hungarian society, and minorities living in Hungary.
"Facing History and Ourselves" film-collection video was published by the support of the KOMA and the Soros Foundation. The content of the video is in close connection to the content of the resource book and the teacher trainings.
"Facing History and Ourselves" teacher book was published in order to help teachers with descriptions of ice-breaking and community-building exercises, curriculum plans and new resources.
The children book of Eve Bunting:The Terrible Things was published by the Association, which is the first book published in Hungarian for younger kids on the holocaust. The publication was supported by the Hungarian Soros Foundation.
"Holocaust education and promoting autonomy", edited by Monika Kovács was published in 2001. The volume is a collection of papers presented at the Holocaust and Citizenship Education Forum and other important articles on holocaust education, like Adorno's famous article "Education after Auschwitz". The publication was supported by the Hungarian Soros Foundation and the Royal Netherlands Embassy.