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5. Participation

5.10 Current debates and reforms

Last update: 1 April 2024

There are not many public, governmental or social debates or plans for dialogue on the topic of youth participation.

Ongoing debates

At its meeting in 2020, the National Youth Parliament (Országos Diákparlament) has made recommendations for the Government and school leadership, such as:

  • developing a nationwide training programme for teachers assisting school student councils,
  • tools for the prevention of verbal and physical abuse of teachers,
  • scholarship programme based not only on scholastic records.

According to a website, by 25 March 2023, 34 of these recommendations have already been made or they are in progress; 8 of them have not been fulfilled yet. In 2023, the National Youth Parliament made 58 recommendations and they had a discussion on them with the Deputy State Secretary of Public Education in December 2023.

These recommendations concern topics, such as:

  • How can students in vocational education participate in the National Youth Parliament? The implementation of this would be difficult because in Hungary, the Ministry of Interior is responsible for public education policy and the Ministry of Culture and Innovation is responsible for vocational education and a cooperation has to be set up to coordinate the solution. 
  • How we can involve the knowledge and experience of young people studying abroad into youth policy in Hungary?
  • How to ensure equal participation opportunities in public life to young people with disadvantaged backgrounds?

Information is still not available on the last two points whether they are under discussion.

The relevant ministry discusses these question with important stakeholders in the field of youth policy, such as

  • the members of the National Youth Parliament,
  • Student Councils,
  • leaders of the youth-related government fields and
  • local government actors, politicians.