Foundation for the gifted children
should be given equal opportunities to develop their talents. We are
aware that this is an illusion. There are some who are provided with
the appropriate background: attention and love, books, toys, their
own room, or just a desk to study. There are others who lack these
things. For these children sufficient food and clothing is often a
problem. They start school with severe disadvantages.
would like to give underprivileged, yet talented children the chance
to develop and flourish. We believe they ought to be given the
opportunity to complete primary school and go on to secondary school.
On account of their talent.
name Tudor means Doc - one of the dwarfs of the well-known tale
Snowhite and the Seven Dwarfs.
of the Tudor Foundation
aim of the Tudor Non-profit Foundation is to help talented
underprivileged children from ages 8-10 through primary school in
various parts of the country in bringing their abilities to
fulfilment and to compensate for their disadvantageous situation.
Tudor Foundation, relying on social solidarity, will set up
specialised educational Tudor Workshops. The Tudor Foundation was
first announced in the daily and weekly press in January 2001. The
signatories were: Miklós Böszörményi, Vilmos Csányi, Zoltán
Endreffy (board of trustees chairman), Péter Esterházy, Zsuzsa Ferge,
Miklós Jancsó, Tibor Kaján, Zoltán Kenyeres, Ilona Keseru, János
Kornai, Miklós Laczkovich, Júlia Lángh, Péter Nádas, Béla Pomogáts,
Péter Somlai (founder) and Asztrik Várszegi. In the Tudor Workshops
educators will support the children in their lives outside school and
help them to make it secondary school. They will provide the
appropriate social environment: infrastructure, expert education,
attention and care, which is not provided for them at home or in the
do we want to help children aged 8-10?
are several foundations and stipends that sponsor and aid college and
secondary school students. In most cases, however, the poorest and
most disadvantage do not even reach secondary school despite their
talent. We have decided to help the 8-10 age group because:
set in well before secondary school
comparison to the younger generation it is easier for the teachers
to pick out the most gifted and receptive children above age 8.
Operation of the Tudor Workshops
Tudor Workshops are not part of the education system, they rather
provide intellectual inspiration for the children. Following school
hours, children take part in skills development classes, are given
help in catching up with their school work or developing their talent
and in preparing their homework in small groups of 8 under the
guidance of professional tutors. The children have their own study
desks, books and toys. On weekends or in school holidays they make
excursuions, visit museums, go to the cinema or the theatre. They are
provided with all that is vital for their intellectual development
and would be accessible for them had they been born in a better
Tudor Workshops are financed by the foundation and are run by
Are the Tudor Workshop Staff?
Workshop professionals are dedicated teachers (active and retired),
social workers or civilians wanting to help. They may work full- or
part-time. Their number is dependent on the number of children and
the gravity and characteristics of their problems. The staff receive
a payment for their work; however, voluntary helpers may also become
involved. The Workshops demand long term-devotion, flexibility and
creativity from its members. Tudor workshop staff may fulfil their
own ideas within a given framework, but are directed by professional
help if needed.
Tudor Foundation continually welcomes those that are interested in
either setting up new workshops or becoming involved in already
are the Tudor Children?
Workshops are set up for 8-10 year old children, who
underprivileged (living in large, broken, deviant, unemployed
families or under difficult financial conditions)
talented and receptive in a given field in or outside the school
Operation of the Tudor Foundation
Tudor Foundation is run by a 5 strong board of trustees, all
professionals. The Foundation is supported by a number of renowned
figures and outstanding experts.
Foundation wishes to support itself from grants and donations
building mainly on social responsibility and solidarity. The
Foundation places emphasis on being personal, announcing the names of
the supporters regularly (unless otherwise required by the donator)
and reporting on the development of each child. Sponsors may donate
money to the Foundation as a whole or may choose to fund a single
child. The Foundation funds the setting up and maintenance of the
Tudor Workshops, covers their rent and provides infrastructure. The
Workshops function independently within certain limits. Children are
picked out by the workshop's professionals. The children periodically
update the advisory board on their experiences at their workshops.
Workshops are monitored continuously by the Foundation's experts.
Tudor Foundation Advisory Board:
Havas, chairman, sociologist, MTA
Endreffy, philosopher, MTA
Andor, sociologist, MTA
Kamarás, sociologist, Veszprém University
Révész, psychologist, Child Welfare Service, Budapest 15th district.
you agree with our goals, we ask for your help too. Place your
donations for the Tudor Foundation at the following account no.: OTP
For further information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org