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Over 2000 Students Reached by Blinken OSA's Education Outreach Programs

Over 2000 Students Reached by Blinken OSA's Education Outreach Programs

Education Outreach Programs

To complement its public programs which engage the general public in Budapest, in 2016  Blinken OSA launched a special Education Outreach Program to connect with and involve K-12 level teacher and student communities in Hungary.

In 2016-2017 a total of 11 education outreach projects involved: 2652  students, 190 teachers in 161 high schools and universities from 44 towns and cities  across Hungary.

2016

1956 - Creative competitions for students and teachers

Outreach group: high school teachers and students
Participants: 48 teachers 9 students
Schools: 37 high schools from 34 cities and towns across Hungary

On the 60th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, Blinken OSA launched a series of public events including two creative competition calls for students and teachers.


Code the Past - 1956 Remixed / Student Competition
The call - launched in partnership with  Prezi - invited youths under 20 to present the story of the 1956 Revolution via innovative visualization solutions and/or by developing special software applications using Blinken OSA’a special 1956 digital collections. A professional jury made up of leading Hungarian technology professionals reviewed the applications and awarded the best student works.

1956 Actually / Teacher Competition
The call invited high school teachers across Hungary to present the events of 1956, its consequences, as well as the lessons learned using primary sources from Blinken OSA’a special digital collections which contains unique original footage, photos, audio recordings and textual documents related to the events. This competition accepted ideas for original and creative scripts for commemorative events in schools, or installations to be displayed in schools. A professional jury comprised of historians reviewed the applications and awarded the best works.

CSERNOBIL_30 - Creative Workshop

Outreach group: high school students
Participants: 216 students, 9 teachers
Schools: 8 high schools from Budapest and 1 school from Ózd

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl, this  creative workshop invited high school students to revisit the events via archival sources, and examine its global echoes, media coverage, and implications today. The workshop also encouraged dialog about alternative energy resources through creative games like modeling a school operating fully on alternative energy resources. During the 3 days of the program, 216 students from 8 high schools in Budapest and surrounding towns joined the workshop.

First-Hand Experience with Homelessness - Sensitization workshop for students
Outreach group: high school students Participants: 110 students, 4 teachers Schools: 4 high schools from Budapest

In conjunction with  Poverty Revisited, a conference organized to revisit the work and heritage of renowned Hungarian sociologist István Kemény, Blinken OSA organized workshops for high school students to explore issues of poverty, exclusion and solidarity.
The workshops were run by the activists of the homeless group called The City Is Everyone’s, and offered insight
into the complexities and challenges of living in the streets. The students had the opportunity to experience everyday challenges of the homeless via interactive games. The goal of the project was to learn about the complex societal dimensions of homelessness, and explore concepts of solidarity and social responsibility. During the 2 days of the workshop over 110 students from 4 high schools in Budapest and surrounding towns joined the workshop.

Teacher Training / Accredited Continuing Education Program for Teachers
Scopes and Constraints in 20th Century Hungarian History
Outreach group: high school teachers
Participants: 21 teachers
Schools: 16 high schools from Budapest, 4 from other cities

In 2016 Blinken OSA developed its first  Teacher Training Program for Hungarian high school history teachers. Following the CEU Senate Approval, the official accreditation process was initiated with the Hungarian Ministry of Education. The program was approved and granted accreditation for 5 years.
The training program titled Scopes and Constraints in 20th Century Hungarian History uses the rich collections of the Archives and offers tools for a perspectivist and critical exploration of 20th century socio-political events which generated radically different interpretations in the historical memory of Hungarians and the various ethnic groups in the Carpathian Basin. The first course ran in the spring of 2017.

Student Verzio 13 – part of Verzio Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
Free morning screenings for high-school students in cinemas

Outreach group: high school students
Participants: 748 students, 28 teachers
Schools: 19 high schools from Budapest and around

Each year since 2004,  Student Verzio invites high school students to watch and discuss human rights documentaries in cinemas. In 2016 documentaries explored issues about poverty and exclusion; environmental problems; refugee rights and third world exploitation.


2017

Symbols of Socialist Art / Creative workshop for high school students
Outreach group: high school students Participants: 164 students, 8 teachers Schools: 8 high schools from Budapest

In conjunction with the exhibit  Symbols of Socialist Art, Blinken OSA hosted 164 students from 8 high schools across Budapest for a critical workshop addressing the correlation of history, politics, and art.

Somewhere in Europe/ Gaudiopolis
Outreach group: high school students
Participants: 771 students, 46 teachers
Schools: 38 high schools and universities from Budapest and around

In October 2017, a series of student outreach programs organized in conjunction with the exhibit  Somewhere in Europe/ Gaudiopolis attracted close to 800 students from 38 different schools and institutions across Budapest. The exhibit explored the story of Gaudiopolis (City of Joy), a children’s republic founded in 1945 in Budapest by Lutheran pastor Gábor Sztehlo. Gaudiopolis offered a place to live for hundreds of orphans and children left without homes after WW2, and it was not only a shelter but also a self-sufficient democratic community with its own constitution, laws, educational and cultural agenda, and institutional management.

Architecture Uncomfortable Workshop
On 24-25 September, a two-day workshop evoked the spirit of Gaudiopolis with the participation of children from Cseppkő Children’s Home (Budapest) and Fészek Waldorf School (Solymár). With the professional guidance of the Budapest based architecture team Architecture Uncomfortable Workshop (AUW), the program invited students to experiment with form and matter, working with clay, wood, textile, and plaster using various techniques. The resulting artworks became part of the exhibit installation.

Guided Exhibition Tours
577 students joined the guided exhibition tours in October. Students came from Budapest-based high schools, a few primary schools as well as universities and art colleges.

Our City – Drama Pedagogy Workshop
The workshops held on 17-19 October attracted 178 students from six high schools, and explored the concept of democracy and dictatorship in a role-playing game which tested the decision-making abilities of students in a community.


Student Verzio 14 – part of Verzio Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
Free morning screenings for high-school students in cinemas

Outreach group: high school students
Participants: 636 students, 26 teachers
Schools: 19 high schools from Budapest and around

In the spirit of critical thinking and freedom of opinion, Student Verzio invites high school students to free film screenings and discussions since 2004. In 2017 documentaries explored issues about: child laborers who want nothing more than to attend school; a refugee teen who wants a secure future for her family; a boy with the heart of a girl; the emotional life of teens with Down syndrome; the public media of community tourism; food waste in Europe; and the future of crime prevention.

Tracing Revolutions / Are Revolutions a Moral Issue?
Outreach group: high school students
Participants: 24 students (participants) and 60 (supporters), 2 teachers
Schools: 2 high schools from Budapest
This student debate invited two student teams from two Budapest high schools to debate about the aims, results and afterlife of revolutions from a moral perspective.

In 2018,  we will continue our efforts to bring students and teachers to OSA/CEU to participate in creative and engaging programs. The second Teacher Training program kicked off in January, 2018  with 23 participants, and more workshops and student programs are on the way.