Summer camp for young Hungarians from all over the world

Secretary of State Árpád János Potápi stress the importance of preserving national identity during a student camp organized by the Rákóczi Association in Sátoraljaújhely, which offers lectures and cultural programs.

We have strengthened national unity in recent years, and now its most important feature is that it lives in us as an experience, Árpád János Potápi said on Monday, at the opening of the Hungarian university student camp organized by the Rákóczi association in Sátoraljaújhely (northern Hungary, near the Slovak-Hungarian border).

According to the State Secretary for Hungarian Communities Abroad, being Hungarian is not as overwhelming as for those who live in the diaspora, who only speak Hungarian at home, in church at most, and cannot imagine going to a country where everyone speaks the language. of their parents and grandparents. “This experience can fundamentally change the lives of these young people,” he said.

Árpád János Potápi spoke at the student camp (Photo via Facebook/Rákóczi Szövetség)

Young people from Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, the United States, Canada, Macedonia and neighboring countries also came to the camp.

The student camp, which has taken place every summer since 1989, offers political, scientific and economic lectures, excursions, cultural and entertainment activities.

In the context of preserving identity, Potápi said the goal is that “everyone can rely on everyone else”. He added that “there are not so many of us that anyone should give up on anyone.” The State Secretary noted that there are major cities in the world that have more inhabitants than the total number of Hungarians in the world.

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According to them home page, the aim of the Rákóczi association is to promote the cause of Hungarian culture, language and ethnic communities, with their activities mainly aimed at Hungarian youth. The organization has over 28,000 members and over 500 local branches, 300 of which are high school-based youth organizations.

Featured photo via Facebook/Rákóczi Szövetség

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