5th edition of Public/life/space – All or nothing – quick analysis of the political negotiations following the elections                

At the 7th edition of the Hungarian Cultural Days of Cluj, on Friday afternoon KIFOR organized in the Youth Pavilion the 5th edition of Public/life/space. Guest speakers included István Vákár, the vice-president of Cluj County Council, Ferenc Péter, president of Mureş County Council and Sándor Pásztor, president of Bihor County Council who made a quick analysis of the events preceding and succeeding the elections. At the presentation the presidents and vice-presidents of county councils reported on the situation in the county councils following the elections.

Ferenc Péter said that “such thing has never happened before at the local government elections in Mureş county since we managed to line up 15 county councillors. He said that “currently our partner is the Social Democratic Party, because we could negotiate the best deal with them.”

“Similar to the previous mandate, currently we also have 7 county councillors. Before the local government elections there was a lot of pressure. Three days before establishing, it became clear that we have a chance for presidency in coalition with the Socialist Party.”- said Sándor Pásztor. István Vákár reported that “in the Cluj County Council 12 Social Democratic, 18 Liberal and 7 DAHR county councillors managed to get a position following the results of the local government elections.” And he added: “we could never imagine that we can achieve to be seven in the county council.”

The cooperation between MIÉRT and DAHR was successful at the local government elections. According to Sándor Pásztor “these were successful elections and every opportunity must be created to expand the opportunities of the next generation.” For two years István Vákár has been trying to involve the young people in the political affairs, thus, out of seven DAHR county councillors there are two young people who won the elections.” “When there are young people holding positions in the local government, they learn what it means to make decisions and assume responsibility.”

Ferenc Péter said that “when young people act in an organized way it means that they try not only to participate at the elections but also to assume responsibility, the responsibility of the position. Therefore, I think that youth organizations must be involved in every structure so that they feel the responsibility of participation in public life.”

Forum for Teachers in the Youth Pavilion

In the afternoon, Dr. Annamária Kádár, assistant professor and psychologist, and dr. Lajos Aáry-Tamás, educational ombudsman in Hungary, held a presentation in the Youth Pavilion at the Forum for Teachers organized by Cluj County Youth Forum. The purpose of the presentation is to introduce a few methods for conflict management between teacher-student, parent-child and teacher-teacher.

Dr. Lajos Aáry-Tamás talked in details about the Romanian and Hungarian school systems: “Education is compulsory in both countries. The state runs the education system based on the taxes collected from the people, thus, nobody can be excluded from education”. The UN set up four pillars that member states must follow. Some of these were mentioned: the school as public institutional system must be accessible, acceptable and adaptable. Nowadays, “we are pushing boundaries” since 150 years ago a deaf child could not attend school. The guest speaker’s closing sentence quoted one of the Finnish education’s basic principle: “The world’s best education is that we cannot let our parents, grandparents die until we have not yet learned what they know.”

Dr. Annamária Kádár, assistant professor and psychologist talked about delicate educational situations from the children’s point of view. Firstly, she mentioned defiance: children “should live through defiance well.” When a child says no for the first time it is the “birthday of that child’s self, when he starts dominating his emotions.” Following that, she talked about how a parent should relate to this situation: “The parent should let the child go.” After presenting defiance, a few worlds were mentioned about sibling jealousy: “it is something like conflict management training both for children and parents.” According to Dr. Annamária Kádár, this is totally all right since later on a much stronger relationship will be developed between siblings. She coloured her presentation with many interesting stories very much enjoyed by the audience.

Conclusion: in today’s world it is important to adapt ourselves to children at certain levels, to notice and listen to what is good for them because, generally, every child is self-aware but their self-expression towards parents, teachers has been pushed into the background.