Applications for the next school year of the ‘Without Borders’ program will be open from Wednesday. The deadline to apply is June 9 at 2:00 pm, with several new features. Since the program was launched in 2011, more than 500,000 Hungarian students have traveled to Hungarian areas abroad, taking part in almost 9,000 excursions – declared Árpád János Potápi, the Secretary of State for National Policy of the Prime Minister’s Office, at a press conference.
The aim of the program “Without Borders” is to support trips beyond the borders of Hungary, to get to know Hungarians living outside the borders of Hungary, and to establish and strengthen contacts between Hungarian young people in Hungary and Hungarians abroad. An important aim is to show children and students from the motherland that there are Hungarians living beyond the border. Potápi pointed out that since the launch of the program in 2011, more than 500,000 Hungarian students from 888 settlements have visited Hungarian areas outside Hungary thanks to the program, and they have taken part in almost 9,000 excursions.
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The program has produced important results, as 65% of the students who took part in trips of the program said that the excursion was a life-changing experience. The secretary of state pointed out that the trips for the program in 2022 are still in progress, with 642 programs in May and more than 5,000 students are currently on their way.
According to the tender, excursions can be organized in Hungarian-speaking areas of Romania, Slovakia, Serbia, Slovenia, or Croatia. However, places can be visited in one of the destination countries that is not a Hungarian region but is on the Carpathian Basin bucket list, in the footsteps of Rákóczi – Carpathian Basin guidebook or in the sites listed on the website of the program “Roaming Without Borders.”
At the press conference, Dóra Szűcs, CEO of Okos Doboz Ltd., presented one of the new elements of the program, “Roaming Without Borders.” It is a digital content library, a free online platform presenting natural and built heritage of the regions outside the EU, with related activities. It is aimed at children in the seventh grade, but teachers are also invited to use the site to create exercises for their pupils. The platform is also available on mobile phones.
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