Over 100 kindergartens for Hungarian minorities have been revamped as part of a government scheme aiming to provide mother-tongue education for all Hungarian children in the Carpathian basin, a government official said.
Of the programme’s 38.5 billion forints (EUR 118.5m), 33 million has already been contracted, István Grezsa, the government commissioner for the development of kindergartens in the Carpathian basin, told a conference on Friday. Fully 1,641 institutions — 450 kindergartens among them — will be refurbished to the benefit of 47,000 children, he noted. Besides renovations, the programme will also fund 150 new institutions, Grezsa said at the conference organised by the Research Institute for Minority Policy.
The development programme is slated to be completed by 2020, by which time the government aims to raise the number of children attending to 60,000, he said.
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