The confirmation and enforcement of the values community, solidarity, trust and love carry are still essential today, despite the fact that the words mentioned have lost their credit by now.
The institution of folk high schools was founded by the unique community methods of learning in order to consolidate and serve these values more than 150 years ago in Europe and 70 years ago in Hungary.
The folk high school relies and builds upon you as individuals, families and as a community, to whom we are offering our present mission statement as a right hand.
The opaque and large proportion of accumulation of the results of knowledge and technology and the dizzying speed of changes put an unprecedented, external pressure on us. Cultures that once seemed distant and different have now become close and more complex. The effects this has on our national identity and the impossibility of orientation even get underlined by globalisation.
While richness does not necessarily imply education, poorness does in most cases imply ignorance.
The aim of learning and education cannot be monopolised by those who dictate the mass production of culture together with educational and technological changes based on defined interests.
We are deeply convinced that one of the most basic and important skills individuals and communities have is learning and culture and that everybody has a basic right to practice and develop this skill throughout their whole life for their own and their community prosperity´s sake.
We thoroughly believe that learning is capable of profoundly changing the individual and the community to their advantage.
We profess that learning can become a pleasure and a responsibility for everyone, that learning reaches beyond the value-making capability economy, the market or politics have and that it is one of the hidden key values that make a nation successful.
To realise all this, you and us together can do more.
The Hungarian Folk High School Society is a professional, nationwide organisation that works for the community learning of adults, the improvement of learning conditions and the realisation of lifelong learning. It was founded in 1988, has been a member of the European Association for the Education of Adults and has many competencies and an extensive co-operational and partnership relationship with other European organisations ever since.
We are 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.
We 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.
We ought to become partners to make the necessary efforts.
Based on the experiences we earned over the last one and a half decade, carrying on with the folk high school traditions of pre- World War II and facing the decade-load of challenges of future European integration, we are ready to think and take action together with all those who ‘profess the same faith´ about the significance of learning.
We are particularly seeking to get in contact with the adults themselves and their communities so that more and more of us can become acting parts of a learning-centred view and firm belief.
The declaration and practical realisation of learning and cultural demands communities, yourself and other adults have will not only help your personal or small-communal success but will strengthen our nation too.
Hungarian Folk High School Society