‘In schools, the cohesion of three things is needed: the unity of students, teachers, and parents,’ President of the Republic Katalin Novák said at the closing and award ceremony of the 23rd Carpathian Basin Scientific Student Circles Conference in Gödöllő on Saturday.
She explained that there is a need for teachers who focus on the student, placing them at the centre of all their work, and keeping their long-term interests in mind. There is a need for students who complement their talents with diligence, and for parents who are there for their children and who also support the teachers. This triple bond should not be broken by any interest assertion or improper regulation, she emphasised.
The President highlighted that in the age of artificial intelligence, a good school is one that simultaneously preserves old, national, traditional cultural values and uses new technology, modern knowledge, and methods. A good school is one that ‘teaches progressively and raises conservatively’ at the same time.
She drew attention to the Stipendium Peregrinum scholarship, which provides talented students participating in higher education with the opportunity to study at the world’s best universities abroad. As she stated, ‘we can remain good Hungarians even when we travel the world, gain experience in other parts of the world, and expand our knowledge there. It is a different feeling to be amazed by the richness of the Carpathian Basin when returning from other parts of the world,’ she pointed out. She reminded that currently, it is possible to apply for Component A of the scholarship, which can provide assistance with admission processes, language exams, and travel costs, among others.
The President also spoke about how important it is to ask questions, seek answers, and find them. As she said, asking questions is difficult, and if someone dares to ask, it already shows courage, but it is also a great thing if someone hears and listens to the answers.