1083 Budapest, Szigony u. 37.
tel./fax: + 36-1 303 6574
tel.: +36-1 210 0186
|BELVÁROSI TANODA FOUNDATION
year of preparation, the Belvárosi Tanoda Foundation started its
activity in 1990.
main job of the Foundation is looking for young people dropped out
from regular secondary schools, and providing for them aid and possibility
of finishing their studies. These youngsters have more disorders
than an average adolescent; they are manifested in many kinds of
life problems, e.g. family backgroudnd, drug and alcohol abuse,
mental or personality disordes, learning problems and so on. They
are expelled from their school because their teachers cannot tolerate
these special problems, the individual demands, and the unusual
Foundation maintains a secondary
without any fee, which takes governmental tasks as dealing with
these young, "deviant" people dropped out from regular
educational system, taking as main professional task their education
in a special, person-centered
This task is fulfilled within the frame of a special educational
and personality-developing program.
Tanoda admits from mentalhygienic point of view neglected young
people. Our students usually are low educated, professionally untrained,
mostly endangered socially as well, without any plans for the future.
We take care
for such youngsters, who never get in touch with helping systems
working within the frame of traditional institutions (Career Advisory
Services, Educational Counseling Services, Family Counseling Services,
Drug Outpatients, Youth Offices etc.) The young people applying
to the Tanoda (app. 600 persons / year) do that according to advice
of people of the same age, living in the same sub-culture.
Tanoda, as a helping institute, tries to react for all the symptoms
at one place. The secondary school studies, the possibility of doing
final exam, the re-socialization - these are the forms of the concrete
of final exam got in the Tanoda means beyond the knowledge
in traditional sense a better state of mental health, a real chance
in life. This recovery itself means real profit for society, which
can be expressed even in money.
resulted from continuous work. It is such a special helping-pedagogical
method, which can be learnt and applied for long in education and
care of endangered young people. The staff
is organized according to some important considerations, such as
the helpers' personality, the attitude towards young people, living
in the margin of society, capacity of teamwork and appropriate qualification.
The educational and supportive methods are usually different for
each individual, as the various personalities and problems demand
different approaches. Thanks to this unique methodology, during
the past 11 years the Tanoda has became the place of practical studies
for students of psycho pedagogy, social work
of Tanoda is attracting for both endangered teenagers and the professionals
dealing with them. We are in touch with some 100 people in every
year; we try to react their needs for activities and care. The essence
of our work is this continuous building upward from below, that
is, from the side of needs.
the beginning we have made a lot of improvements. In the secondary
school - as compared to the one in 1990 - we some different departments
according to the special needs of young people; it means different
ways of educational processes and helping contacts (we have a regular
school, we deal with education of drug-users staying at rehabilitation
centers, or recently leaving it, and education of young people staying
Club and the daily Duty
care about those young people, who turn to the Tanoda, but who are
not its students. There we are waiting for them with real helping
contact, counseling in life problems, school questions and social
professionals, relatives are regularly admitted. The possibility
of visits and consultations is always assured for everyone, who
also meets the problem of deviancy and wants to do something against
assist on, and we do by ourselves researches and methodological
work concerning the approach and the treatment of deviancy.
program of the Foundation from the year 1998 is the Stop
, which offers some
and personal attention beyond the school-time by organizing self-help
and creative groups
for the young people wrestling with life troubles and isolation.
Most of our
students and applicants are affected by the problem of addiction.
For this reason in 1999 the Stop Group started a drop-in rehabilitation
program, offering all-day activity for addicted, for the moping,
passive young people, looking for company - and for those intending
to help them.
our students, young people in care and colleges we regularly take
part in talks, demonstrations at schools and on professional conferences.
our most important success is the continuous work since 1990; the
number of young people asking for our advice is growing; our services
are used maximally by those, for whom they were made, that is, by
youngsters looking for living-space, meaningful tasks, activities
and human relations.
professional aim of the Foundation is the complex treatment - including
care, education, personality development and re-integration - of
endangered, deviant young people, dropped out from secondary schools
and the regular institutional system in general; they are lonely,
confused, floating into the self-destruction. As Marek Kotanski
says: "they are about being lost by life". Since the deviancy
basically is a mode of life, so our task is, through different services,
to show a new, positive way of living and to give a chance to try
During the past eleven years we have got a real image of endangered
young people and the problems and deficiency of the institutional
system dealing with them. The most important feature can be the
bare number of the institutions trusted and valued as effective
by those, who are concerned.
institutions are mostly characterized by reacting on only one dimension
of deviancy-problem, whereas those who are concerned would need
- as they themselves formulate precisely - full day treatment, the
possibility of doing different developing activities at one place,
that is: the complexity. Moreover, they would need to be treated
as personalities, not as "clients" or "patients";
they want to create real relationships, to get real tasks.
the past eleven years the BTA has become such a complex receptive
program and place which accept applicants without any specialized,
concretely formulated aim, only with the hope of personal support
and collective being. Though the different work-teams and programs
have their own image and content, through the personal contacts
there are crossings between them.
our 11 years of existence, we experienced the deviancy as a multiple
phenomenon, a group of symptoms determining the whole personality
and guidance of life, that is, a choice of a certain way of living.
Its roots cannot be clearly defined, but on one hand, they are certainly
conditioned by the personality and on the other by the mechanisms
of social environment. The human climate, the way of living and
thinking, the system of values surely play role in its coming about.
So in care of deviancy all these factors must be present at the
same time. The deviant behavior is the result of certain processes
of socialization, that's why it can be changed only by an other
process. It cannot be reached by applying the problem- or treatment-oriented
- maybe effective in their places - methods and institutes.
whole system of our Foundation's activities we try to accomplish
such an effectiveness that can affect the personality as a whole.
We do not want to apply one particular method, but we would like
to reach effects, offering and mirroring more positive patterns
of behavior through the deep connection with the persons. We do
not want to change young people, but we want to show them some other
ways - and the decision is theirs. Since the deviant behavior is
an inner decision, breaking-off must come from inside as well. The
care and the help can be effective only in this case. So the 'help',
according to our consideration means creating such an atmosphere,
which offers secure ground for changes of the individual.
the realization of our programs we strive to apply or adopt all
types of activities and methods that can affect the development
of the target group. The change of deviant conduct requires changes
in the individual's smaller and larger environment. We can offer
patterns for this. That's why we emphasize more than ever the acceptance
of relatives, teachers and professional helpers, the cooperation
with them, the talks about their problems (groups for parents, individual
consultations, self-help workshop for helpers, talks about prevention
of drug abuse).
the effort for professional multiplicity means also, that we work
in such a transitory field - on the boundaries of education, youth-guidance,
social work, drug assistance etc. - which belongs to everywhere
and at the same time nowhere. This fact many times causes misunderstandings,
administrative or even professional problems. Nevertheless, maybe
in this lies the key of effectiveness: we organize our work according
to the approach the individuals with all of their problems, not
the problems themselves.