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Official: Hungarian diaspora weekend schools ‘foundations of future’

Hungarian weekend schools in diaspora communities are not only a meeting place but the foundations of the future, an official of the Prime Minister's Office said on Monday.

Deputy state secretary Peter Szilagyi opened a training session in Gyor, in northern Hungary, for teacher volunteers taking up work in Hungarian weekend schools in the western diaspora.

“Supporting those schools is important for the government because the youth attending them are key in the future existence of Hungarian diaspora communities,” he said.

The secretariat for Hungarian communities abroad knows of some 250 Hungarian weekend schools, the number of which is on the increase, Szilagyi added. Regular Hungarian classes started in 2020 in far-away locations such as Columbia and last year in Hawaii, Singapore, Tokyo and Abu Dhabi, he noted.

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