The National Talent Support Council (hereinafter referred to as "Council") establishes the database of organizations and initiatives dealing with the recognition, selection and support for gifted young people in Hungary and across the borders (hereinafter referred to as "Initiatives"). During these activities, Council allows new members to join, explores the age, profession and gift-specific layers and characteristics of the Initiatives and maps the passages between the Initiatives.
Council collects the data of the Initiatives. Having received a permission from the organizations, it discloses the data by setting up an informational website. The website presents the results, effectiveness techniques, problems of gifted young people and their solutions on a Gift Page as well as forms of self-organizations of gifted youth. Council publishes a publication presenting the Initiatives every year in Hungarian and later on in English.
Council initiates and promotes to organize regional Giftedness Days in Budapest, Debrecen, Győr, Miskolc, Pécs, Szeged and towns across the borders. On the Giftedness Days, the regional and local Initiatives can present themselves and meet the teachers, young people and parents who are interested in supporting gifted people. For the Giftedness Days, Council invites the Initiatives from the other side of the border, which are close to the given region. The sites of Giftedness Days can be completed with other sites in Hungary and across the border if necessary and on demand.
Council collects the data of those interested in the Initiatives, and creates for them an electronic mailing list that is continuously maintained. Council pays special attention to the talented people who have excelled in different competitions, and recommends them to the attention of the Initiatives that best fit to their gifts.
Council supports and promotes the establishment of regional, micro-regional, local and institutional Giftedness Points to present Initiatives and support gifted young people, and assists to make them into a network of Giftedness Points.
Council promotes expanding and developing foreign contacts of the Initiatives. Council pays special attention to the reinforcement of the EU contacts as well as the cooperation of Initiatives among the regions and in the Carpathian Basin.
Council collects and studies the best practices of supporting gifted people in Hungary and abroad along with the related literature. Based on these activities, Council makes a classified recommendation, discussing and explaining the points of developing the support for gifted people. During this work Council especially considers the following areas:
- educational forms of recognizing, selecting and supporting gifted young people in the education of kindergarten, elementary and secondary school teachers;
- the best practices of recognizing gifted youth ("gift fishing", "pearl fishing");
- ways to select and support gifted people locally (in the micro-region or in the town) and make them into a network;
- supporting the activities of elementary and secondary school teachers helping gifted youth;
- ways to support gifted students in higher education;
- ways to support career-starting young people;
- bringing Hungarian young people back home who work in developed countries and chances to provide them with independent activities;
- establishing the so-called Gift Bonus to provide gifted students with free education and training;
- establishing the Gift Funds to support gifted young people by assuming their burdens and encouraging payments for the Funds;
- establishing Gift Inc. and Gift Credit that will invest into the progress of outstanding gifted people and sending them abroad to get experience.
Council will use its resources (coming from donations and budgetary subsidies) to invite tenders for supporting developments and programs for the most outstanding gifted people in Hungary and across the border, spreading their experiences, specially supporting gifted young women, establishing and spreading initiatives aiming at supporting gifted people's relationships (network), their social adaptation, self-organization and improving their innovative, managerial and leading skills, as well as self-controlling and self-developing.
Hungarian Talent Programme Charts (374.43 KB)
Hungarian Genius Integrated Talent Support Program (4.38 MB)
National Talent Support Council – Leaders and colleagues
Committees of the National Talent Support Council
Association of Hungarian Talent Support Organizations
Lecture of Prof. Peter Csermely, president of Hungarian Talent Support Council: The TAO of Talent (TEDx, Budapest, 2011)