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EACEA National Policies Platform: Youthwiki


9. Youth and the World

Informing and training young people on global issues and keeping up dialogue with them is more and more part of Hungarian public life. Apparently, there are still insufficiencies. Most of all, efforts should be made to build a direct link between young people and policy-makers, given that a large number of Hungarian youngsters are not interested in political issues. Nevertheless, several programmes and initiatives have been implemented over the past decades aimed at attracting as many young people as possible into thinking about social, environmental and global issues, and encouraging them to take actions.

According to the nterpretation of the Hungarian Government, the following terms are in the focus of global responsibility education:

  • fair trade,
  • sustainable development,
  • poverty,
  • international development,
  • intercultural dialogue (Concept for Global Responsibility Education) (For more information, see sub-chapter 9.1 General context.)

The Concept for Global Responsibility Education outlines the core values of global responsibility, namely:

'openness, empathy, holistic approach, taking global perspectives, engaging in social justice, peaceful and effective conflict management, child and youth orientation, (environmental, social and economic considerations), critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.' (Concept for Global Responsibility Education)

In this context, the following thematic weeks can be mentioned, in which many primary and secondary schools are involved in Hungary: