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Mario training results in strong commitment for cooperation of stakeholders


November 12, Budapest – Hungary: The second Mario training of 2014 was dedicated to the capacity building of the appointed guardians of foreign unaccompanied minors. The Guardianship Act was modified this year, which resulted in an entirely new set up of the child protection system in Hungary regarding foreign children and guardianship. According to a preliminary needs assessment, there were blurry lines of responsibility and competencies, and many stakeholders found it difficult to navigate this system to solve the issues unaccompanied minors are facing.
Two trainers of Menedek Association – a prominent and respected organization in the field of migration and migrants in Hungary – were ready to undertake the task to implement an irregular training for the thirty participants. Stakeholders arrived from different parts of the country, especially from the capital and from the southern counties, close to the Serbian border. The Guardianship Office, Office of Immigration and Nationality, Guardians represented themselves at the training with the joint goal of not only defining problems but also finding feasible solutions. The training methodology was carefully designed in order to meet the trainings’ goals. Participants quickly responded to the expectation that they should come up with feasible solutions under the given legislative system and resource capacity. Participants, with the help of the trainers, were able to define the most urgent and rather concrete problems that they face in their everyday work, such as responsibilites of the guardians, transportation of minors for their hearings, adaptation to the new system etc.
Three working groups were formed and the groups were mandated to come up with very concrete plans for the future that they will be able to respect and follow. The attitude of the participants has changed in an instance and they became fully cooperative and constructive. They succeeded to agree on common working methodologies and agreed on meeting again in 3 months time in order to follow up on their commitments and also to put together a common proposal that they would jointly submit to high-level decision makers for policy change. All the participants expressed their gratitude about this possibility to create new, more positive kind of working relations. (RS)