THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A GREATER NEED FOR A CHANGE AND DEVELOPMENT IN SOCIAL THINKING IN HUNGARY THAN THE PRESENT DAY.
THIS NEED (AMONGST OTHERS) IS WHAT BROUGHT THE UCCU FOUNDATION TO LIFE.
The goal of the civil initiative is aimed at engaging Roma and non-Roma youth in conversation. We hope to expand the horizons of youth and dampen their stereotypical, discriminative way of thinking. The core of the program is a 90 minutes long class aimed at secondary schools, using informal educational methods revolving around information about the Roma society. These classes are held by young Roma volunteers.
We strive to provide students with as much information and personal experience about the Roma as possible to make them more open and accepting towards others.
The most important elements of the work of UCCU Foundation are personal contact and interaction. Before the „live” educational programmes, volunteers participate in a training where they get to know the methods of informal education and other necessary techniques and knowledge.
The Haver Foundation, the Open Society Institute and private individuals have joined our cause in a long term partnership.
“We laugh together! We educate together!” – campaign for the integrated upbringing and education
The Uccu Foundation – with the participation of three other organizations and the assistance of the Open Society Institute – has launched a campaign in order to propagate inclusive upbringing/education.
Facebook page: facebook.com/egyuttnevelunk
See what our supporter, the Open Society Foundation thinks about the campaign:
We Laugh Together, We Educate Together: A Hungarian Campaign on Inclusive Education
Facebook: Uccu group
Download the flyer, click here
Projects of Uccu
What does the word ‘uccu’ mean?
According to the Hungarian Monolingual Dictionary ‘uccu’ is a modal word. It means: go!, let’s do it! or come on! We have chosen this word as the name of our foundation because we intend to change the current situation within the Hungarian society with great dynamism and energy: we would like to change prejudiced thinking. When many people set about doing something together then they cheerfully say: uccu! It is a friendly encouragement. We think the same: so let’s go! On this website you can find a lot of friendly and encouraging initiatives and reports related to the work of our foundation. Uccu, in other words: come on, let’s do it!
The Uccu project is the initiative of Haver Foundation
Uccu Roma Informal Educational Foundation
Phone: +36 20 976 5252
Károly krt. 25.
1075 Budapest, Hungary
Katona József utca 2/e
1137 Budapest, Hungary
Facebook: Uccu group
Bank account number
Name of the bank: OTP bank
SWIFT code of the bank: OTPV HU HB
IBAN bank account number: HU90 1179 4015 2000 0710 0000 0000
Documentary about Uccu
A Kontúr adása (Tilos Rádió, 12/03/2012)
On the page click on the text ‘Listen the broadcasting!’
A párbeszéd ereje segíthet? (Népszava, 17/02/2012)
Tilos Rádió – Broadcasting of Kolorlokál – 8 August 2012.
The broadcasting can be found in the Archives of www.tilos.hu in the following time line: 8/8/2010. 08:00-08.30.
The program was produced by Marietta Forgács and Attila Varga, volunteers of Uccu Foundation.
The black and white photos on the website were done by Gábor István Molnár, the colored photos were selected among the photos done for the Chachipe Youth 2010 Roma photo competition.
Uccu Foundation was registered in October 2010. Before that the project ran as the initiative of Haver Informal Jewish Educational Public Benefit Foundation. The team of Haver Foundation still actively participates in training the volunteers and developing the educational materials. Uccu permanently offers six different educational modulair activities to primary and secondary schools. Since the establishment of the foundation young Roma volunteers were involved in the work. Uccu reaches about 1500-2000 students/year with it’s different activities.
Advisory Board, founders
Computer scientist, he joined Számalk educational institution (the legal predecessor of the company) in 1972 and he has been working there ever since, recently as the president and one of the owners of the company group. He is a member and manager of numerous Hungarian and international scientific and social boards.
Advisory Board members:
He joined Uccu as a volunteer during his university years. In 2011 he graduated from the minority politics department of Eötvös Loránd University, in 2012 he also majored in International Public Policy at the Central European University. He worked as a research assistant in a CEU research focusing on social politics, later he joined the European Roma Rights Centre. Currently he lives in New York.
“Ever since I was a little girl I consider it to kind of a mission to make the relationship between Roman and non-Roma people better and deeper. I always look for possibilities to work together with young Roma people on our future and Uccu Foundation provides a great opportunity for this.”
“I joined Uccu because I believe it is important to reduce the gap between the young Roma and non-Roma people and Uccu is the best facilitator. I would like it if we could speak openly with each other and everybody could express his/her opinion. I would like if we knew more about each other as nowadays Roma and non-Roma people hardly communicate with each other.”
“We, the Roma people are wanderers just like you. We left India 271 526 years ago, on a Wednesday evening around 7.30. By the way, the ice-age ended on the same day at 1.45 in the afternoon, thank God, otherwise a seal would be talking to you right now. Why have we left India? Well, I have to tell you this…”
(Márton Kovács – István Mohácsi – János Mohácsi: Only a pin – or prejudice in two noisy acts)
They helped our work in the past
“I joined Uccu because I believe that the dialogue that helps us learn about each other is very important as it makes it easier to accept each other.”