It all started with a friendly discussion in the spring of 2015. There were seven of them, yet they all meant well. They were dreaming about establishing a school for their own children. And soon enough, they found themselves planning the school system of the future. Roszik Linda, the founder of Mamakör (Mom Circle), and Tesfay Sába, a cultural anthropologist, both set out to understand family and communities. Pozna Anita brought her ideas as an architect integrating the values of nature. Halácsy Péter and Somlai Fischer Ádám, the co-founders of Prezi, were experienced in building a start-up company from the basics. Halmos Ádám, the co-founder of Libri Publishing Group, witnesses the birth of books from the ideas until fruition every day. Vészi Gábor helped Facebook as a manager by showing teams not only how to be efficient but to be happy and improve in the meantime.
Is it possible to establish a learning system which could affect a whole generation?
How is it possible to design schools based on individual opportunities and the willingness to participate, sustained by small communities that are considered mixed from financial, social, and cultural standpoints?
What values should serve as the foundation for learning and individual development?
How is it possible to make a school adapt to today’s needs and keep developing along with the ever-changing demands?
While playing their freshly invented game, they relived everything that the joy of learning meant to them. A few months later, they asked in a Facebook post if anyone was interested in the school, and since there were several hundred people saying yes, Budapest School started its first two learning groups with six teachers in September 2015. A lot has changed since then, but the joy of learning and exploration, the willingness to go and keep trying together still serve as the foundations for Budapest School.
Three of Budapest School’s creators – Halácsy Péter, Halmos Ádám, and Vészi Gábor – decided in September 2018 to found Budapest School Lab. The workshop’s main aim is to support the establishment of new schools while keeping in mind the original values, and to provide stable operation in which teachers and children may develop together.
Behind these dreams and plans, backed by a small circle of investors, an organization was formed which is to ensure that Budapest School officially becomes a school. Here you may find our curriculum which details our idea about learning.
The team at Budapest School Lab is working day by day to create new learning groups, help the existing ones, and share the lessons learned with parents, teachers, and children. They believe that by working freely and with joy, while facing constant challenges, they can ensure that a happy and successful generation grows up.
Halácsy Péter is the face and soul of Budapest School; both his daughter and son go to Breznó school. A proud engineer and feminist, he thinks the key to learning is to believe that we can improve in anything that is important to us. He has been the driving force of Budapest School’s organization since the beginning. Apart from community learning, he is interested in the solitude offered by programming, and in the waves of Lake Balaton. His greatest success besides Budapest School was being the co-founder of Prezi, but he also co-founded Kitchen Budapest and the Heroes’ Square civil organization, among others.
Halmos Ádám is a co-founder of Budapest School; his daughter has been going to P10 in Újlipótváros since the beginning. One of his main reasons for establishing the school was that he wished to travel freely with his family whenever they wanted to. One of his greatest challenges today is that his daughter loves her school so much that she does not want to be absent at all. He is working as the lead publisher at Libri Publishing Group, and whenever he is not daydreaming about a new book, he enjoys going for walks in the forest or writing a curriculum for fun.
Vészi Gábor is a co-founder of Budapest School and the operative leader of Budapest School Lab. An engineer, he started his career as a programmer, then later realized that if he combined this knowledge with people skills, he would be able to balance human, business, and professional standpoints by supporting the teams working together. He maintains this harmony by constantly watching online videos and reading the latest professional textbooks. He is using what he practiced as one of the lead engineers at Prezi and Facebook, and develops it further alongside Budapest School Lab. As soon as he understands a process, he automatizes and customizes. He even holds meetings with the word processing software programmed by himself.