Jai Bhim Network

How do we operate?

2009.09.19. Categorized: Uncategorized   

Due to our constant success, more and more people get into contact with us. Many of them ask: how do we operate?

The first thing an outside observer notices is that while in other secondary grammar schools one cannot see Roma students, one can see at our school. It is also usually noted that approaches of reform pedagogy appear in our everyday work (Waldorf, Freinet, Mahatma Phule, Paolo Freire).

The founder of the Dr. Ámbédkar Secondary Grammar School, Vocational School and Elementary School for Adult Education is the Jai Bhim Network. The founder is an ecclesiastical organization, the school is ideologically committed. However, this commitment is not very similar to what we know from other church schools: e.g. there is no compulsory religious instruction.

The Jai Bhim network means for the Dr. Ámbédkar Secondary Grammar School what the local government means for the state schools. It appoints the head of the school (Tibor Derdák headmaster), approves the pedagogical programme of the school and determines its budget (Act LXXIX of 1993 § 102. (2)).

The founder network is governed by a board as are the local governments. The board is called the assembly of dhammamitras. Its leader is János Orsós, its current members are: Tibor Derdák, László Kalányos, István (Benő) Lázi, Anna (Anikó) Orsós.

As the network maintains one single institution, governance is done directly, without hierarchical transposals: there is no committee on public education (Act LXXIX of 1993 § 102. (1)), no department on education, no gamesz and nothing similar. This way we can be more open to the outside world.

Still, the way we operate is similar to bigger organizations in a sense that human scale and direct contact does not and cannot supplement the use of written records, filed administration, written presentation of initiatives, and the collation of lists and statements. Anita Walter, head of office, is responsible for the work preparing for decisions related to founder governance (Act LXXIX of 1993 § 102. (1)).

A peculiarity that stems from the small size and short existence of our organization is that at our institution all questions related to finance pass through the circle of the founder governance, thus with the cooperation of Anita Walter through the hands of János Orsós. The head of the founder network endorses all requests, price offers, reacts in writing and then countersigns all agreements and payments.

This means a process different from what we are used to especially in the case of contracts related to our budget and employment relations. At our organization, everyone starts working as a volunteer and then writes down his or her offer independently to the founder. Only after this can some kind of an agreement be created in writing.

The board of teachers of the school meets for short meetings in Sajókaza twice a week around noon, as our work that is done in three locations needs commitment, independence, creativity and constant negotiations. Longer meetings of the board of teachers take place during school holidays.

The strategic decisions are made by a closer group the members of which at the moment are: Adrienn Czikray, Tibor Derdák, János Orsós and Szabolcs Vicze. One can enter this group based on years-long, exceptionally efficient work done in various fields connected to the professional environment of the school.

The head of the student council in the school year of 2008/9 is Gábor Lakatos. In our premises in Ózd and Hegymeg, the organization of the students is still being formed.

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Our Inspiration 1st Part

Our Inspiration (1st Part)
Jai Bhim is a cheerful greeting. Ten million Indians greet each other in this manner. They're the Dalits who are a proud community. They inherited an extremely difficult life. Their parents and grandparents and untold generations before them were outcasts in society. Even today they still encounter prejudice and experience helplessness.
For more than a millenium their ancestors lived as outcasts. People had a horror of touching them. Others even avoided being in their proximity as their shadow was considered polluting. If they went to school they were seated separately, If they were able to obtain work they did the dirtiest and lowest paid jobs.

Our Inspiration 2nd Part

Our Inspiration (2nd Part)
With their greeting of Jai Bhim they remind each other of their own successful revolution in 1956 for their human rights. Their cause is sacred. It inspires us here in Hungary, as we also face segregation and prejudice today. We would like to know discrimination is a thing of the past.
The dalit's story is like a fairy tale.

Our Inspiration 3rd Part

Our Inspiration (3rd Part)
Once upon a time, a hundred years ago, there lived a seventeen year old untouchable boy in a big family, His name was Bhim. He was the youngest child among 14 siblings. He surpassed all of them because of his brilliant mind. A wealthy maharaj acknowledged his poverty and bestowed a scholarship on him. Bhim was aware that Indian schools were being discriminatory and practiced segregation. Therefore, he tried his fortune in London and New York where he achieved university degrees. He received the title Dr. Ambedkar when he returned home to serve his people as a barrister.

Our Inspiration 4th Part

Our Inspiration (4th Part)
Nevertheless, he was considered as an untouchable in accordance with the holy books of the Hindu religion. Therefore, he convened with his friends and publicly burned Manu's Laws, the Hindu holy script which bids the Hindu to hold the Untouchable in disdain. He became a human right fighter and his authority was constantly growing throughout the whole country. When India gained independence in 1947 he was nominated as law minister. He was entrusted with drafting the Constitution for the country. He wrote in it that discrimination is forbidden.

Our Inspiration 5th Part

Our Inspiration (5th Part)
In his old age the Dalit people addressed him with veneration as Dr. Babasaheb. He and his laws, however respected they were, he still stared frustratedly at the discrimination existing all over the country. He decided then to show the people a spiritual alternative. As our judgment is determined by our faith, he took an oath: "I was born a Hindu Untouchable. It was beyond my power to prevent that but I declare that it is within my power to refuse to live under ignoble and humiliating conditions. I solemnly assure you that I will not die a Hindu". He abjured hindu religion that had brought so much suffering and humiliation to the Untouchable people (today's Dalits).

Our Inspiration 6th Part

Our Inspiration (6th Part)
He studied thoroughly all the faiths of the world. He was seeking a religion which fitted together with reason, with modern science, and which declared liberty, fraternity and equality amongst people. He decided to follow the path of the Indian prince who lived 2500 years ago: he would be a follower of the Buddha. This was a decision of profound importance for the Dalits because the Buddha is venerated thoughout the world, and India is entitled to take pride in her great son. Dr. Ambedkar showed his astuteness: all of us can choose the way to be respected, we can change our fate for the better. Hundreds of thousands followed Ambedkar to the magnificent ceremony in Nagpur in October 1956. This was the rebirth of Buddhism in India. Babasaheb died six weeks later.

Our Inspiration 7th Part

Our Inspiration (7th Part)
Those who at that time embraced a new world view with him, they are today grandfathers and grandmothers. Their grandchildren are as numerous as the whole population of Hungary. They follow Ambedkar's example: they face even the biggest difficulties in all things - to study and to exercise their human rights.

All of the Parts in One

Our Inspiration

  • Chandrakirti: I like ur views on Bhim Jayanti... And i jst can say "Jai Bhim".....
  • Sunil Sagar: Jai Bhim Janos it's great seeing Dr. Ambedkar's follower in Hungary. The Emancipator, The god of Small. What Millions of god and goddess of Hindu's c
  • Ashwin Jangam: Struggle for liberation of Mulnivasis When freedom struggle of our country was going on, we were dual slaves. The Arya Brahmin
  • Ashwin Jangam: Jaibhim Abhinav Thank you Abhinav for putting up a superb photos of our ancestors to know our peop

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    President: Janos Orsos

    H-3720 Sajókaza, Rákóczi F. u. 29.

    H-3720 Sajókaza, Sólyom telep 7-9.

    Further field of activity places:
    H-3600 Ózd, Petőfi út 18-20.
    H-3659 Sáta, Kolozsvári út 5.

    (+36) 48-349-209, (+36) 48-788-275

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