Hungarian School Sports Day recognised as official theme day in Hungary

The Ministry of Human Capacities in Hungary has announced that the Hungarian School Sport Day, an initiative started by the Hungarian School Sport Federation and successfully rolled out as European School Sport Day, is now an official national theme day.

This means that, in addition to the voluntary participation that has taken place so far, the institutions will now have the explicit opportunity to participate in the theme programs as set out in their work plans, as well as the theme-related classes and other sessions that are set out in the curriculum can be organised as part of the theme day from the academic year of 2020/2021 onward.

The Hungarian Student Sports Day is now officially a theme day, as stated in a decree issued by the Ministry of Human Capacities and published on 11 August 2020.

The Hungarian School Sports Federation (HSSF) concluded a cooperation agreement with the Educational Authority (EA) in 2018 in order to mutually contribute to the development of health-conscious thinking and physical activities in schools in the framework of the priority project EFOP-3.2.15-VEKOP-17. 

In 2017, the Parliament accepted a resolution announcing the last Friday of September as the official Hungarian School Sport Day.

The decision of the National Assembly a few years ago was based on the fact that the Hungarian School Sport Day, launched by HSSF in 2006, has since become a European initiative. More than 40 European countries have already joined the initiative and participated in the implementation of the European School Sport Day ® (ESSD) at the end of September. Each year, ESSD promotes not only sport and physical activity at school, but also focus topics related to physical activity and healthy lifestyles, such as nutrition and mental health. 

The proposal was – back then – unanimously accepted by all political parties. With this move, the parties demonstrated the importance of the role of sport in our lives, recognising the values of sport, and also demonstrated their commitment to the next generation.

The Ministry of Human Capacities issued a ministerial decree (27/2020. (VIII. 11.) on the order of the school year 2020/2021), stating that the Hungarian School Sport Day will now officially appear as a theme day in the upcoming academic year and beyond. In contrast to the decree mentioned above, the formal appearance and recognition means that, in addition to the voluntary participation that has taken place so far, the institutions will now have the opportunity to participate in school-related programs as set out in their curriculum and work plans. Moreover, the classes related to the given themes provided for the focus topic in the curriculum will be organised within the framework of the theme day.

HSSF is confident that this result and success will continue to emphasise the importance of the day – both nationally and internationally – and increase the number of registrations and reports submitted on www.essd.eu, and will lead to more record numbers of schools joining our international school sport movement.