The state secretary responsible for the policy for Hungarians abroad delivered a donation of school supplies for the 1,392 first-graders who will begin attending Hungarian-language elementary schools in Vojvodina, Serbia, on Tuesday.
Árpád János Potápi pressed the importance of preserving Hungarian language education in the region, and noted that the government was also supporting students in Hungarian-language higher education, “ensuring that this year, everyone in Hungarian education from crèches to university receives government support.”
Potápi welcomed that the number of children starting school in their mother tongue was up this academic year. The government has allocated 23 million forints (EUR 66,000) to the programme, he said. He thanked the Hungarian National Council and the Association of Vojvodina Hungarians for the decade-long cooperation. The Rákóczi Association, a Hungarian NGO, is capping the aid with a donation of schoolbags for every first grader, Potápi said.