Magyar NépfÅ‘iskolai Társaság

Hungarian Folk High School Society (HFHSS)

Ordinary Member

Révész u. 2/c

1138 Budapest, Hungary

Tel.: (0036) 20 610 05 06

mnt (at)

Mission statement

HFHSS working on helping individuals and the community to find their identities, achieve self-confidence and the ability to take action, make community complete and successful and to manage in employment by applying various community learning methods.

HFHSS find it important to promote increasing participation in adult education and culture especially among those who for one reason or another could not at all or could only to a limited extent take part, regardless of their qualifications and ethnic origin. These reasons can originate from particular groups of society, geographical origin, social differences between genders, age groups, nationality or language communities or various learning difficulties. Individuals and the communities they belong to often however mistakenly consider these things as their fault. The continuous development and alteration of learning habits and skills have become a central issue in the success of individuals, families, communities, employees and nations.

Main activities

The Hungarian Folk High School Society is a national level non-governmental organisation specialising in non-formal adult education.
HFHSS is an umbrella organization with more than one hundred member organisations within Hungary. The general objectives of the HFHSS are the realisation of learner-centeredness , Increasing individual and minor community autonomy and action-capability.

  • Addressing problems of marginalisation through learning as well as community development.
  • Taking up of local and national traditional values and increasing European and international openness.
  • The recognition and support of all forms of learning increasing participation in learning.
  • The recognition of the role of learning in individual and family life, social role taking, employment and career planning.

History: History of Hungarian FHS movement goes back to 1930’s. 1949 dictatorship - the FHS has been prohibited. Discourse about a reinvention 80’s. Change of regime 1988/89 started again.

Activities: Active citizenship. Basic Skills and key competencies training (Roma people). Training for unemployed. Clubs for elderly people. Computer courses. Foreign language courses. Courses on environment and ecology. Youth courses

International projects

The HFHSS also has broad experience of European level projects dealing adult learning. The HFHSS has been a member of the European Association for the Education of Adults since 1992. The president of the HFHSS has served as the elected president of the European Association for Education of Adults (EAEA) between 2002 and 2008.

Examples of latest projects:


In all the above mentioned projects have been published manuals, books as output which are available on the indicated webpage.

The HFHSS regularly publishing books in national language as well as It has a quarterly periodical is Hungarian that is accessible on-line accessibility.