Monday 10 December, 9:00 am — Monday 10 December 2012, 3:00 pm

Faculty of Education and Psychology, Eötvös Lóránd University

Kazinczy u. 23-27

This year Poland celebrates the life and works of Henryk Goldszmit, better known by his pseudonym Janusz Korczak. He is remembered today primarily for his contributions to education as a great authority when it came to custodial pedagogy, yet he was an accomplished writer as well, taking on a range of literary forms to pursue varied social topics, from medicine and pedagogy to hygiene, politics and interpersonal relationships. The Korczak Year ushers in a series of events and publications in honour of his contribution to literature and science.

There will also be a few programmes to take place in Hungary in the second part of this year. Among these the most important is the conference dedicated to the work of Janusz Korczak, to be held on 10 December, 2012 at the Faculty of Education and Psychology of the Eötvös Lóránd University in Budapest, organised by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Budapest, the Polish Institute in Budapest and the Hungarian Pedagogical Society. The honorary patrons of this major anniversary event are Mrs. Anna Komorowska, the Polish First Lady, and Mrs Anita Herczegh, the spouse of Hungarian President dr. János Áder. The other patrons of the conference are Marek Michalak, Commissioner for Children's Rights of the Republic of Poland, and Prof. Dr. Máté Szabó, Commissioner for Fundamental Rights in Hungary. The following Polish and Hungarian children’s rights experts and authorities in the fields of pedagogy, sociology, psychology and literary theory will also take part in this one-day programme under the title „There Are No Children, Only People. Janusz Korczak’s Heritage”: Prof. Barbara Smolińska-Theiss, Prof. Andrzej Mencwel, Dr. Szilvia Gyurkó, Dr. László Trencsenyi, Dr. Mária Herczog, Dr. Takács István.


Together with the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights we chose 10 December as the day of the conference, since - as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed on this day in 1948 - it is the International Human Rights Day. In honour of this occasion the Complaints’ Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights in Budapest will be ceremoniously renamed Janusz Korczak Chamber. In this chamber, a commemorative plaque of Janusz Korczak will be unveiled, and an exhibition on the history and development of children’s rights will also take place. The co-organisers of this event are the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Budapest and the Polish Institute in Budapest.