Today the Hungarian National Roma Platform started again on its country tour: the first virtual consultation event was opened by Katalin Victor Langerné, Deputy State Secretary for Social Inclusion of the Ministry of Interior, and the focus was on the southern part of the country, in Baranya County, the city of Pécs.
In her welcoming speech, the head of the field explained that the Hungarian National Roma Platform is a Hungarian community in which experts working in the field and decision-makers in the given area or region share their experiences: sometimes they share tried and tested methods, sometimes they help each other with exchange of information in order to achieve a common goal. Because the common goal is the same: to help and support people in disadvantaged situations, people living in poverty, whether they are Roma or non-Roma. It is important that they know there is a way out of poverty and there is help for them. The Hungarian National Roma Platform is a consultation forum that provides a good opportunity for professionals to present and exchange good practices, and to put those into practice that they consider useful for the future.
Other speakers giving welcoming speeches at the online consultation included Félix Farkas, Roma nationality advocate, Attila Péterffy, Mayor of the Municipality of Pécs and dr. László Őri, President of the Baranya County Assembly.
Afterwards, participants were provided practical knowledge and information about recent developments from the county presented by dr Szilvia Lakatos, President of the Baranya County Roma Nationality Self-Government, István Ignácz, Principal of the Gandhi High School and College, the first Roma nationality high school in operation since 1994. Presentations had also been delivered on the experiences of colleagues working in the field, such as the Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta and the South Transdanubian Social Inclusion Directorate.