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Making dreams come true

  • The local government in Aba, Hungary, is currently fulfilling a lifelong dream. By expanding the local elementary school and combining art education with regular studies, it hopes to improve the life conditions of disadvantaged children and stop the migration of young people from the region.

    The local government of Aba is directing all their attention toward two local schools in the region; the Aba Samuel Elementary School and the Sarviz Artistic Elementary School. Over the last five years the two schools have had a close cooperation with a strong focus on combining art education with regular studies. With € 1,7 million in support from the EEA and Norway Grants they can further develop their successful cooperation.

    Renovation and expansion
    The project called "Integration of Multiply Disadvantaged children" will expand and transform the present 8-grade Aba Samuel Elementary school to a 12-grade school. They will add a new wing, build more classrooms and equip the attic. They will also renovate the Sarviz Artistic Elementary School and provide it with necessary equipment.  In parallel, they wish to integrate the art faculty with the general educational institution. This means that a specialisation of art will become available for the children.

    Helping the disadvantaged
    This is the fulfillment of a long-time for the two schools, and their hope is that the project will improve the life conditions for socially disadvantaged groups and stimulate young people to stay in the region.

    Aba is a major community in the Sarviz Valley where the proportion of socially disadvantaged groups is considerably high. The cooperation between the two schools will help integrate disadvantaged children through the elementary level art education. The aim is to provide children with an opportunity to obtain a higher qualification, and improve their chances on the job market.

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    Project title:

    Integration of Multiply Disadvantaged Children

    Case number:


    Priority sector:

    Human resource development


    € 1,755,223



    Type & project assistance:

    Individual Project

    Project promoter:

    Local Government of Aba Village

    Type of institution:

    Local authority

    Project duration:

    18 months

    Project cost:

    € 2,064,968

    Grant rate:


    Grant from:

    EEA Grants and Norway Grants

    Grant agreement date:

    06 December 2007

    The purpose of the Project is the integration of disadvantaged children into the art education and 12-year education with the overall objective of improving the life conditions of the socially disadvantaged children and their families and decreasing the rate of migration of young people from the micro-region Sarviz. Reference is made to the application, dated 29 January 2007, and to Focal Point correspondence dated

    21 March 2007, 16 June 2007 and 02 July 2007.

    The completed Project shall include the following activities and results:

    - establishing the main building of the Sarviz Art Elementary School (construction works and purchase of equipment)

    - expansion of the Aba Samuel Elementary School (construction works and purchase of equipment)

    The Project Promoter is the Local Government of Aba Village.

    The Project shall be implemented in partnership with the Aba Samuel Elementary School and the Sarviz Art Elementary School.

    The Focal Point shall ensure that the Local Government of Aba Village will provide at least 15 percent of the estimated eligible project cost.