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EACEA National Policies Platform


6. Education and Training

6.7 Skills for innovation

Last update: 13 February 2022
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  1. Innovation in formal education
  2. Fostering innovation through non-formal and informal learning and youth work

Innovation in formal education


The new National Core Curriculum (Nemzeti Alaptanterv) only mentions innovation among key competencies:

'The National Core Curriculum defines the general competencies across the fields of learning as follows, starting from and building on the key competencies recommended by the European Union, but taking into account the specifics of Hungary. Furthermore, based on the same, it identifies competencies that cannot be linked exclusively to one certain field of learning. Instead, these build on the acquired knowledge in varying amounts and compositions and develop in the learning-teaching process.'

These key competencies are the following:

  • Competencies of learning
  • Communication competencies (mother tongue and foreign language)
  • Digital competencies
  • Mathematical and thinking competencies
  • Personal and social relationship competencies
  • Competences of creativity, creative creation, self-expression and cultural awareness
  • Employee, innovation and entrepreneurial competences.

According to the information provided by the Ministry in 2020, the new National Core Curriculum aims at the development of creativity, solution-focused and critical thinking and the diversity of perspectives. As most of today’s students will work in jobs in the future that we do not even know today, there will be an emphasis on flexibility, competence and skills development, cooperation skills and digital competencies.

Innovations are explained in more detail in chapter 8. Creativity and Culture.


Fostering innovation through non-formal and informal learning and youth work


One of the aims of the project 'Establishment of informal and non-formal educational opportunities in school education institutions' (EFOP-3.3.7-17 Informális és nem formális tanulási lehetőségek kialakítása a köznevelési intézményekben) of the Ministry of Human Capacities is to develop students' core and key competencies and workforce competencies through informal and non-formal learning opportunities. In the project, 83 000 to 250 000 EUR non-refundable support could be applied for. The budget of the project is jointly financed by the European Social Fund and Hungary’s state budget. For more information about improving key competencies and workforce competencies see chapter 3. Employment & Entrepreneurship.