JUBILEE TREE-PLANTING PROJECT
"2015 marked the silver jubilee of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language in Hungary. In the previous 25 years we held our annual conferences in Budapest and 12 different cities and as part of the festive events this year we started to plant trees, one in each of those cities, to commemorate the foundation of our community.
Planting trees is not only a follow-up to the environmentally conscious theme of the 2014 conference, but also represents our growing community around the country which we want to nurture. We can imagine old and new members, colleagues, language schools, publishers and other supporters standing around the trees to crown this special year over the coming months.
If you have any suggestions for where you’d like to see the nearest IATEFL tree in your region, please don’t hesitate to let us know. We’re also looking for people who’d like to write an article or blog about a tree planting in their area or who can connect us with the local media. And if you have any other inspirational ideas for this project, please get in touch with us."
Grow strong! Grow together!
PLANTING OF TREE NUMBER 12
8th October 2017
Venue: Budapest Business School College of International Management and Business
The tree planting was organised by Beatrix Price, President of IATEFL-Hungary, as a closing event of the 27th IATEFL-Hungary conference.
The tree was sponsored by Pálmaház Herbárium, Gödöllő.
A speech was delivered by Beatrix Price, President of IATEFL-Hungary. Representatives of different countries, from Greece, Poland, France, Serbia, Brazil, England, Scotland, Mallorca (Spain), and our association’s members symbolically all helped to plant the tree, as the closing act of the three-day event.
TREE SELFIE COMPETITION
To see how our trees are doing, we organised a competition among our members.
Református Általános Iskola Balatonfüred has won a year's institutional membership for receiving the most likeson Facebook in the IATEFL-Hungary Tree Selfie competition on the International day of Birds and Trees (10 May 2017)! Katalin Szalay, thanks for visiting the tree and sending us a photo!
PLANTING OF TREE NUMBER 11
9th October 2016
Venue: Kaposvár University
The event was co-organised with the Unversity of Kaposvár as a closing event of the 26th IATEFL-Hungary conference. The tree was sponsored by dr. Erzsébet Kopházi-Molnár and Viktória Kusz. The tree was planted at the suburban campus of Kaposvár University, which is one of the most beautiful campuses in Hungary. The campus features attractive buildings varying in architecture and style surrounded by eight acres of wonderful green area contributing to its uniquely peaceful atmosphere. The participants of the tree planting ceremony were honoured by the presence of the world famous ELT professional, Carolyn Graham, who also delivered a short speech and taught a song as a closing act of the event.
PLANTING OF TREE NUMBER 10
8th September, 2016
Venue: Egry József Középiskola, Szakiskola és Kollégium
Organized by Gyöngyi Szeifert and Sára Schmidt
Speeches were delivered by László Vellai, head of institution and Sára Schmidt, English teacher at Egry József Középiskola, Szakiskola és Kollégium, Zánka
Students of the local school prepared a short Shakespeare performance with their teacher, Sára Schmidt. After planting the tree, a Teacher Development workshop was offered for all teachers and students present, given by Frank Prescott from IATEFL-Hungary.
PLANTING OF TREE NUMBER 9
28th May 2016
Venue: Széchényi István University, Apáczai Csere János Faculty
Organized by Helen Sherwin, member of IATEFL-Hungary and dr. Zoltán Poór, Associate Professor, Vice Dean and Head of the Department of Teacher Education, Széchényi István University, Apáczai Csere János Faculty, Győr; former president of IATEFL-Hungary.
The Jubilee Tree Planting event was part of a very rich Methodology Day, also organized by Helen and Zoltán.
Speech by dr. Zoltán Poór, Associate Professor, Vice Dean and Head of the Department of Teacher Education, Széchényi István University, Apáczai Csere János Faculty, Győr; former president of IATEFL-Hungary.
PLANTING OF TREE NUMBER 8
9th May 2016
Venue: Sipkay Barna School of Tourism
IATEFL-Hungary planted its 8th jubilee tree in co-operation with the Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic Partnership “One for All, All for Green” project team members. The international short-term student mobility meeting took place in Sipkay Barna School of Tourism and on this occasion each partner country also planted a tree in the front garden of the school. Participants: 51 participants (39 students and 15 teachers) from 7 countries, Scotland, Greece, Turkey, Spain, Italy, Hungary and Portugal.
The event was organised by Katalin Magyar, member of IATEFL-Hungary, the coordinator of the “One for All, All for Green” project.
PLANTING OF TREE NUMBER 7
22nd October 2015
Venue: KMI Kodály Zoltán Music School
Organized by Kata Ittzés, former committee member of IATEFL-Hungary, the organizer of the 1st IATEFL-Hungary conference in Kecskemét, 1991
Speeches were delivered by Kata Ittzés, former committee member of IATEFL-Hungary, the organizer of the 1st IATEFL-Hungary conference in Kecskemét and dr. Péter Medgyes, Professor Emeritus, former president and patron of IATEFL-Hungary, the founder of the association.
The tree was a generous gift from the City Council
PLANTING OF TREE NUMBER 6
16th September 2015
Venue: University of Szeged Juhász Gyula Faculty of Education
Speeches were delivered by Klára Szabó, the Head of Department of Modern Languages and Cultures and Peter Medgyes, the founder of IATEFL-Hungary.
We had music and a nice performance by Döme Zoltai, Veronika Noé and Zsolt Szakál, the learners of the Karolina School and the undergraduates of the English department.
The event was organised and the tree was sponsored by one the members of IATEFL-Hungary, Ágnes Dunai.
PLANTING OF TREE NUMBER 5
15th June 2015
Venue: Pannon University
Organized by László Katona, committee member of IATEFL-Hungary
Speech delivered by dr. Zoltán Poór, Associate Professor, Vice Dean Head of the Department of Teacher Education, by Széchényi István University, Apáczai Csere János Faculty, Győr
PLANTING OF TREE NUMBER 4
28th May 2015
Venue: Pécs University
Organized by dr. Marianne Nikolov, Professor Emerita
Speeches delivered by dr. Péter Medgyes, Professor Emeritus, former president and patron of IATEFL-Hungary, by dr. Marianne Nikolov, Professor Emerita, Pécs University and Andy Rouse, author, former IATEFL-Hungary member and presenter.
PLANTING OF TREE NUMBER 3
12th May 2015
Venue: Gödöllő, Alsópark,
opposite the Royal Baroque Palace
Organized by Julianna Dudás, the main organizer of the 4th IATEFL-Hungary conference held in Gödöllő in 1994. The granite plaque was sponsored by Julianna Dudás and Andrew Wright, owners of ILI Language School.
Speeches were delivered by Péter Medgyes, former president and patron of IATEFL-Hungary, Szilárd Gyenes, vice mayor of the Gödöllő Town council, by Julianna Dudás, Teacher Trainer at International Languages Institute and Andrew Wright, Teacher Trainer and author.
PLANTING OF TREE NUMBER 2
17th April 2015
Venue: Lóczy Lajos Secondary School
Organized by Lívia Faragó, former president of IATEFL-Hungary
Speeches delivered on behalf of the Balatonfüred Town council and by Katalin Duna, head teacher of Lóczy Lajos Gimnázium
PLANTING OF TREE NUMBER 1
20th March 2015
Venue: University of West Hungary
Organized by Anikó Wagner, former committee member of IATEFL-Hungary
Speeches delivered by dr. Péter Medgyes, former president and patron of IATEFL-Hungary and dr. Katalin Molnár, vice rector of University of West Hungary
From Zsuzsa Lindner, participant in the event, former IATEFL-H president:
"When at the beginning of December we held our first meeting on how to celebrate the 25th anniversary of IATEFL-H, one of the most heartwarming ideas that came up was Bea Price’s. She suggested that we should follow up on the ’green theme’ of the 24th conference in Veszprém and plant a tree in each town where there has ever been an IATEFL-H conference. We all liked the idea a lot.
I loved it too, but as a realist, I had doubts. How are we going to find people in so many places to plant a tree? Who is going to pay for the trees? Who is going to dig the holes? How can we make sure that all the events are promoted and well documented so that people know that it is US? Who’s going to keep track of all the details?
I raised all these questions and nobody really gave me an answer, but Bea Price, who is an idealist, didn’t really seem to understand my concerns. She said that she will take care of everything and we finally said OK, go for it! Within a month or two she came back with the news that she had already found some enthusiastic colleagues who are going to organise everything in their towns. I was happy, but still found it hard to believe how this will ever work out.
Weeks went by and then on 16th March Bea asked me if I wanted to go Szombathely with her and Peter Medgyes four days later to witness the first ever IATEFL-Hungary tree being planted. I said I’d love to, but again raised a question: how are we going to make it by 4pm if it takes around 3,5 hours to get there and we all need to work in the morning?
To cut a long story short, we arrived at Nyugat-magyarországi Egyetem in Szombathely at 3pm on 20th March 2015. Bea, Peter and me were met by Anikó Wagner (former committee member and regional coordinator of the association) who had organised the whole event herself. As a longtime supporter of IATEFL-Hungary she knows what the 25th anniversary means to us, so she did her best to organise everything.
Every step of the event was perfect: Anikó’s opening words, the speech of Katalin Molnár dr., the vice-rector of the university, the speech of professor Péter Medgyes, the founder of IATEFL-Hungary and the local students who recited some poems and sang for us. After all the speeches and performances the little tree was put in the hole and we could all put some soil on it, therefore we can say we all planted the tree together. Hopefully, it will grow strong!
Two articles have been published about the event by Vas Népe and Alon Hírportál and the local TV made a report as well. It is hard to explain how great it felt to be present at the very first IATEFL-H tree being planted, but I hope the pictures talk for themselves.
Looking back at the previous months and my doubts, I’d like to finish by saying that thanks to Bea and her persistence concerning the project and Anikó’s hard work to organise this event, I learnt once again that we should NEVER underestimate the power of volunteers!