Hild workshop at Vienna CoDeS working conference

CoDeS organised a working conference between 1-3 May, 2012 to share knowledge about school-community collaborations. This school has participated at CoDeS work conference in Vienna, giving a 3-hour workshop on their activities.

Anett Bodányi, who is a 12th grade student in Hild Secondary School presented her fellow students’ perspectives as follows: Continue reading

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Collaboration with Wiener Neustadt

In 2009 the school started a bilateral partnership with Höhere Technische Bundes-Lehr und Versuchanstalt in Wiener Neustadt.

Since the term 2009/2010, each semester 6 Austrian students are hosted by Hild Secondary School’s students. In exchange, 6 students from Hild spend 2 weeks in Austria, where they also complete a part of their professional training. Continue reading

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Visiting other villages: a camp in Atya (Atea, Romania)

Atya is a small village near the Hungarian-Romanian border with a population of 368. The village is inhabited by Romanians and Hungarians and has an undiscovered heritage of folk architecture.

The village is one exemplar of the rich scope of traditional buildings in the region, most of which are neglected or derelict and have been waiting in vain for reconstruction over the past decades.

In 2010, with a partnership of another school in Romania, Bányai János Technical Secondary School in Székelyudvarhely (in Romanian: Odorheiu Secuiesc, in German Oderhellen, in Saxoon Odderhällen) Hild József Secondary School organised a summer camp with the aim of explore the folk art heritage in Atya. Continue reading

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Media representation

The school pays high attention to represent the work done in various media. Besides many news in regional and local papers, there are examples of television broadcasts too.

The following video, which is about the exhibition celebrating the 15th anniversary of the school’s summer camps focusing on folk architecture, was shot by the Hungarian National Television MTV1.

http://hildszki.hu/index.php?option=com_seyret&Itemid=101&task=videodirectlink&id=12

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Who was József Hild?

József Hild was a Hungarian architect who designed neoclassical buildings and was prominent figure of his epoch. He played an important part in the remodelling of the Pest side of the Hungarian capital in the first part of the 19th century.

His well-known works include the oroginal plans of Saint Stephen Basilica in Budapest or the Basilica and the Seminary in Esztergom.

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Tools and evaluation

The school tries to use as many tools as possible to reach different stakeholder groups.

Teachers are involved through the schools’ activities and are encouraged by the “hard core” initiators to support the collaboration even if they are not experts in the spcific field. The knowledge of language teachers for example proves to be useful in maintaining external connections with other European schools. Continue reading

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Communities

The community participating in this collaboration consists of villages, local authorities responsible for housing and authorities responsible for reconstruction.

The small villages involved are located in the west Hungarian region, where many of them become abandoned or derelict merely inhabited by some pensioners and houses are in unfavourable conditions due to economic problems. Continue reading

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The school’s part

The initiator is a public vocational secondary school called Hild József Építőipari Szakközépiskola (József  Hild Vocational Secondary School on construction) located in a county capital Győr, in the West Hungarian region.

The school has 430 students (in 15 groups, in 6 years in all), with a majority of men due to the school’s profile of construction. (The teaching staff consists of 43 people, some of them working part-time and some of them coming from construction business themselves.) They train various skilled workers and technicians for construction industry and they run special language preparatory classes in English and in German. Some of the students continue their carrier at technical universities and become engineers or architects. Continue reading

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The foci of collaboration

The collaboration is based on Hild school’s initiative originating from summer camps where students of a vocational secondary school visited villages to learn about folk architecture and sustainability through drawing houses and making interviews with elder inhabitants. Later on, it developed its own network involving local authorities, institutions responsible for reconstruction of old buildings and other schools (also from Austria) through which students got actively involved in the reconstruction of village houses in the region. Continue reading

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The collaboration in general

The initiation was brought to life by the school as a community (teachers, students and parents) who built partnerships with village communities.

The school as the initiator of the collaboration sought partnership with local authorities and expert organisations and with thier support they built connections to local communities throughout the region. Later on other partners joint, such as local communities outside the region or other schools or authorities. The school is seeking partnership with media and various networks. Continue reading

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