Teleki Blanka Vocational Secondary School of Economics prepares students for the certificate of secondary education, and also offers courses in subjects connected to economy, for example, logistics, accounting, finances, or, most recently, tourism.
The history of the school goes back to 1911- it was opened as a girls’s school specialized in trade and business. In 1926 it was named after Countess Blanka Teleki, who founded the first school for women in Hungary in the 19th century, and the name hasn’t changed since then. The school became co-educational in the 1950s.
More than 500 students attend our school, mostly aged 14-22, but we also offer courses for adults who want to study finances, accounting, logistics or tourism.
We put a great emphasis on teaching foreign languages. Our students learn English as their first foreign language, and German, or Spanish as their second foreign language. Getting a B2-level language certificate before the final examination is a requirement for the language preparatory classes (which offer a year of intensive language learning), as well as for classes with Tourism specialisation.
We are committed to develop partnerships with other schools. Taking part in international programmes is of exceptional importance in today’s and future Europe. The participants’ joy and experience may motivate more and more people to find the ways of mutual understanding and constructive cooperation with different nations within our diverse world. We are enthusiastic about Erasmus+ programmes and have had excellent experiences from previous projects.
Project Discover – Understand – Enjoy – Share
We are happy to announce that the project „Discover-Understand-Enjoy-Share” involving MTÜ Kool 21. sajandil, Tallinn, Estonia www.hve.edu.ee/z/en/ and Teleki Blanka Vocational Secondary School of Economics, Budapest, Hungary has been granted by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
The objective of the project is to develop, transfer and implement innovative practices in peer learning, and project-based learning with the help of cultural-related issues. We would like to discover our cities’ beauties and do research to learn about them. The project contributes to the development of cultural knowledge, foreign language skills, ICT skills, develops our students’ self-confidence and open-mindedness.
We are strongly convinced, that Erasmus+ projects offer great opportunities to connect, develop, and learn in an international network.
April 4, Monday
”They are here! They are here!” After months of preparation the big day finally arrived! Our Estonian guests were in Budapest and our students, even those who didn’t participate in the project, were excited to meet them. There were welcoming messages at the entrance, and in the garden of the school a heart shaped flowerbed had been planted with flowers in the colours of the Estonian and Hungarian national flags. The biggest room of the school had been prepared for the welcoming party with two long tables laid for the participants and another long table at the end of the room full with of cakes and cookies brought by the students, fruit and even a chocolate fountain.
Our students had prepared a walk on the Gellért hill, the Bridge of Liberty, the Váci street and the Central Market, presenting a first insight into the beauties of Budapest.
Teleki’s students organised a welcoming party for the first day. The guests were greeted with enthusiasm, and we could start talking and making new friends. Of course, this was a challenge at the beginning for the more introverted students, but as the atmosphere was getting more and more joyful, starting conversations became easier. Besides the sweets, the guests had the opportunity to try the „lángos”, a specialty of the Hungarian cuisine. We listened to all kinds of music, some of us even sang, and we showed our guests the school’s garden with the heart shaped flowerbed. The Estonian teachers, Svetlana and Sergei gave us beautiful books about their country.
Here are some of the student’s opinions about the party:
”Really warm welcome atmosphere and feelings! Amazing.”
”I really enjoyed the program today as it made me step out of my comfort zone and because I met new, kind people.”
April 5, Tuesday
In the morning we kicked off the projectwork by presenting the plans and forming the groups of students. Each of these groups consisted of both Estonian and Hungarian students and had to prepare presentations on the similarities and differences of the two countries, including culture, traditions, arts, food, schoolwork and free time activities, as well as to present what they have discovered and learnt in Budapest by the end of the mobility week.
We also introduced our school education to the Estonians students. To learn about our school life and traditions a newly developed exciting escape game helps to guide our guests around in the building and to start conversations, compare our school lives, see similarities and differences at special spots.
Then our guests visited English, German and Maths classes, which was really exciting for everyone, not only because the Estonians could get some insight into the work in our school. By sharing our guests to different lessons many students at Teleki had the opportunity to communicate and cooperate with the project participants. They were excited and really interested in meeting foreign students.
In the afternoon with the guidance of the Hungarian students we walked on both banks of the Danube, across Margaret Bridge and around Kossuth Square, and had the opportunity to learn about the sights, listen to many stories and interesting facts related to these places. The tour of the Parliament was considered as one of the highlights of the week by the students.
The final programme of the day was also the most stirring one – we could learn traditional folk dances with the help of Barna Frecot, a student at the Hungarian Dance University.
”Again a tiring but exciting day, every minute worth it.”
”Although I’m Hungarian, I have never been to the Parliament before, so it was really exciting for me.”
April 6, Wednesday
Wednesday was the longest and one of the most spectacular days of the mobility. In the morning we went up to the Buda Castle by funicular and we visited the main sights in the Castle District- the Matthias Church, the Bécsi Gate, walked past the residences of the President and the Prime Minister, visited the Fisherman’s Bastion and the Europe Park, all sights with the guidance of the Hungarian students, as usual. The view on the River Danube from the Fisherman’s Bastion was amazing, and the Estonian students were also impressed by the beautiful hills of Buda. Then we went to the Castle itself, and visited the beautifully renovated Saint Stephen’s Hall to have a closer insight into beautiful masterpieces of craftmanship.
By Wednesday new friendships had been forged, and the local students took their new friends to a good restaurant. After lunch the groups started to prepare their presentations in teams.
The evening also had a spectacular programme in store, we focused on the art of dance again, but now not the traditional but the contemporary ways of self expression. In the framework of the Budapest Spring Festival we visited the cirque dance performance of the Recirquel company, in the Palace of Arts. ”Cirque dance is a fusion of circus and dance through merging wonderment and astonishment”, as we can read on the home page of the company, and it was an astonishing experience indeed.
”Today was the most tiring day of the week. We walked a lot, but I feel it was worth it. The hall of St. Stephen was beautiful and the performance in the afternoon was also impressive. My favourite part was the tiny little statue of the bunny:).”
”The day was amazing! I’m so glad the weather was great and it really made the city even more beautiful.”
April 7, Thursday
In the morning the students continued their work on the project, and in the afternoon we went to the City Park. We travelled on the Millennium Underground, which is the second oldest underground in the world, after the London Underground. We looked at the statues of past kings and politicians on Heroes Square, then we went to the Vajdahunyad Castle, the different parts of which were built as copies of several important buildings of the Hungarian (art) history.
The highlight of the day was visiting the new House of the Hungarian Music, a building designed by the famous Japanese architect, Sou Fujimoto. In a highly entertaining, interactive exhibition we could learn about the musical instruments, the history of music, with emphasis on the Hungarian music and experiencing different sounds and harmonies in the Dome of Sounds.
”It was good to try such advanced and modern techniques, I enjoyed the day.”
” I really enjoyed the day, because I had good conversations.”
April 8, Friday
On Friday we had at school a Student’s Day. Our students organized funny activities for their schoolmates and the Hungarian and Estonian students took parts in these activities as a group. We also had a group of Bulgarian teachers who were in Budapest in the framework of another Erasmus project. A really multinational group of educators had the opportunity to meet and discuss the similarities and differences of the school systems in the three countries, to talk about their great Erasmus experiences and start making plans about possible future plans.
After lunch the students made their projectwork presentations, then we had the opportunity to go for a walk in the city centre, along the busy Váci street.
In the afternoon we had a farewell party at the school, with a lot of chatting, laughs and music, and, of course, plenty of food. New friendships had been made during the week, so there was a bit of sadness as well because the adventure was coming to the end…
We evaluated the Budapest mobility part of the project, and according to the feedback we were happy to see that the project helped participants to improve their foreign language skills, developed presentation and team work skills, helped to learn about the different aspects of our common European culture and offered opportunity to meet the challenges of a foreign environment and foreign language communication.
Reflecting areas to improve students feel they need to learn time management, to be more patient, and even ability to socialize is to be developed.
„I’ve learnt that I’m more shy and anxious than I thought, but on the other hand I’ve improved at working in groups”
Before leaving to get ready for the evening school party everyone got a little present to remember these days in Budapest.
” A busy day with students’ school day at Teleki, then presentations, and finally celebration:).”
April 9, Saturday
This morning was dedicated to art again, as we visited the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest. The participants took part in a guided tour, which the students found very exciting and informative. We were very lucky, because, besides the permanent exhibitions of the museum, we could also see the Hieronymus Bosch temporary exhibition, which opened right on that day and is considered one of the most comprehensive Bosch exhibitions ever.
The last day offered time to pursue different interests, and spend an afternoon with new friends and discover more about the city.
”I ve never enjoyed museums as much as today. It wasn’t boring, and the lady told us so many interesting things!”
”The last day was unforgettable and gave very good memories.”
April 10, Sunday
After a challenging week full of programmes the Estonian students and teachers had to return to Tallinn. But their ”farewell” at the airport involved that we are meeting soon… See you in Tallinn in September!
Estonian students share their experiences and enjoyment
We arrived in Tallinn on the 7th of September, after spending most of the day in airports and on planes. It was tiring but really exciting, as it was the first flying experience for a lot of participants. The view from the plane was amazing. In the evening we visited a sightseeing spot on the castle hill called Toompea and we saw the sea from afar. We saw beautiful, historical buildings and we met the Estonian students. We spent a great time together and we were really excited about the rest of the week.
Our second day was a bit tiring but it was very-very interesting and productive. The main focus of the day was on music. First, we visited the Arvo Pärt centre, where we had a guided tour around the place. It was interesting to learn about Arvo Pärt’s music, who is one of the greatest contemporary composers. While listening to his music, we had the opportunity to challenge our creativity. In the middle of the nature we designed and painted flowerpots…
Then we went up in the lookout tower- the view was amazing! Our evening program added a new genre to the list of arts: we watched the Alice in Wonderland ballet. We have never seen or read it before so we enjoyed the performance, the music, the ballett dance, the complexity of different arts very much.
Next day we had an English lesson with the Estonian students, and worked on our project together. Then we went to the sea and played some games together. In the afternoon we visited a museum, the “Fotografiska” which is a famous centre of modern art, and to be honest, it was quite special. There where a lot of works of art presented digitally, for example „The Garden of Emoji Delights”. Then, we had dinner at Telliskivi Creative City.
On Saturday we went to a huge and special place which is called Kumu, it was similar to the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest. In a guided tour we learnt a lot about the history of the Estonian painting. After lunch at the museum’s café, we strolled around in a beautiful park, visited the Kadriorg Palace and a Japanese garden there. We walked to the sea again. In the afternoon we went back to the school and worked on our project and after that we headed to have dinner at Lido Solaris which was amazing.
Sunday was our fifth day in Tallinn and we started the morning with free time. Almost all of us spent the time sleeping in, because on the other mornings we had to wake up early to be on time for the programs. At 13:00 pm, we went to Nõmme adventure park, where we had a wonderful time and climbed great heights. It was exciting to leave our comfort zone and have an adrenaline boost. We had lunch at the adventure park, then soon went back to our hostel. In the evening we had some free time, so we all went out for dinner or to buy souvenirs.
On Monday we added the finishing touches to our work and presented it in groups to the other students. After lunch at the school canteen we visited the Solita IT Company and listened to a presentation about the digital transition and the digital Estonian society. We learned a lot about IT solutions, and wondered how easy it is to manage your life with the help of digital services. We also played a quiz in the end, it was a great experience and we also got some gifts from the director.
In the evening we gathered together in the school and had a farewell party. We ate dinner, listened to music and talked with each other. We really enjoyed our last evening together.
In the last morning most of us packed for the trip back to Hungary. Some of us went to buy some souvenirs to bring something back to Hungary, so that we can always recall how amazing the journey was. We closed the mobility week by giving feedback about the common work and cooperation, we had time to focus on what we have learnt about ourselves, what to keep and what to improve next time.
Then we went to the airport together and said goodbye to our Estonian friends with the hope that we will meet again soon. The flight was pretty good and it was nice to see our parents again.
All in all, we had an amazing and unforgettable time in Tallinn. We discovered its most important landmarks and, also, some of its secrets. We learned about similarities and differences, and we are convinced, the colourfulness and wide variety of means to express yourself, your feelings and thoughts make our world wonderful.
The next step is to present these dicoveries to our schoolmates, teachers and parents, to share what we have learnt by giving presentations, organising a photo exhibition, and city walks where we are guiding our groups on beautiful spots of our cities. As the project title says we are enthusiastic to share our enjoyment we have had in the project.
Juhász Renáta, Kovács Izabella, Lipovics Alexandra, Mikes Dorottya, Gréczi Viktória, Molnár-Szalai Gábor, Dósay Marcell
More about the project
Thursday, 16th December was a memorable day for the two schools participating in the Erasmus program – we could meet face-to-face, even though it was an online meeting. First, all the students and teachers could introduce themselves, then, using the Mentimeter application, we could talk about what our motivations are and what we want to achieve in this project, and, finally, the participants had the opportunity to learn about the Christmas traditions in Estonia and Hungary doing two Kahoot! quizzes, created by the teachers of the two schools. It was a real fun to see each other, and an exciting experience for our students!
In an online video conference we did presentations to share information about our school and offer insight into our school life. We were really excited and happy to hear how students in Estonia and Hungary live, and how they feel about their schools. We felt a little bit embarrassed first, but because of the mutual help and kindness, we soon felt confident and less stressed. All in all, we are happy to participate in this programme. The project is really interesting and we are enthusiastic about working on it. We can’t wait to meet in person and make new friends.
Project Diverse Europe – meeting of cultures
”Diverse Europe – meeting of cultures” was a project of Ludwig-Erhard-Schule Pforzheim and Teleki Blanka Secondary Grammar School for Economics, Budapest, Hungary and it has been funded by Erasmus+ Programme (2018-1-HU01-KA229-047789_1).
In autumn 2018 and spring 2019 the participants visited Pforzheim and Budapest and took part in intercultural programmes and workshop activities. Discovering common features and experiencing diversity developed our students’ cultural awareness. The project also helped to form more tolerant behaviour, which is of exceptional importance in today’s and future Europe. The participants’ joy helped our students make friendships and their experience may motivate more people to find the ways of mutual understanding and constructive cooperation with different nations within our diverse world.
We, 22 students and 2 teachers of the Teleki Blanka Vocational School, travelled to Germany by train to take part in the first international mobility of the project ”Diverse Europe – meeting of cultures”. The destination was the city of Pforzheim in Baden-Württemberg, where we were welcomed by the students and teachers of the Ludwig-Erhard-Schule. We had dinner together and, while we were chatting and making plans, we could try the specialities of the Black Forest region. After dinner we went to our hotel, amazed by the beauty of the nature around us.
25th September, 2018
On the second day we visited the Mercedes factory in Sindelfingen, where 310,000 cars are produced each year. We learnt a lot about how the cars are made, about the history of the factory. and about the contribution of a Hungarian engineer, Béla Barényi, to the safety of the cars. Finally, they showed us some new, high-tech models, including a Mercedes-Maybach 6, which convinced us that some of the best cars in the world are produced there.
In the afternoon we went to Stuttgart, the capital of Baden-Württemberg, and, with the help of the German students, we discovered its landmarks and its cultural heritage.
26th September, 2018
On Wednesday morning we visited the Ludwig-Erhard school. We were taken around the huge building and introduced to the students and the teachers, who greeted us with kindness and big smiles on their faces.
The German and Hungarian students worked in mixed groups to prepare their presentations about the similarities and differences about teenagers’ lives in the two countries, and about famous German and Hungarian companies.
In the afternoon we visited the European Parliament in Strasbourg, and in the evening we went sightseeing in Pforzheim, visiting the amazing cathedral and strolling around the city centre, which is a Unesco heritage site.
27th September, 2018
In the morning the groups of students finalized their projects. Helped by the teachers, they prepared interesting and thorough presentations about how the succesful German and Hungarian companies work. After the presentations the teachers gathered the students’ reflections on the project, as a part of a learning process in which we learn about ourselves, about our differences and similarities and about the cultural impacts that affect us.
It was out last evening together, and the German students prepared a fantastic dinner. It wasn’t easy to say farewell, but we knew that we could keep in touch on the Internet and were going to meet in Budapest in the next spring.
25 March 2019, Monday
As Monday was going by the Hungarian students were waiting excitedly for the German students, we tried to guess some things: are they going to be friendly, funny, grateful to be here? We figured, we just have to wait and see for ourselves. After some delay of the train we finally got to lay eyes on the German students: they seemed tired but excited at the same time. After we stopped by their hotel, we headed for the restaurant, where we had dinner. At every table, Hungarians and Germans had to mix. Everybody tried to talk to the other, with or without luck, but I think that’s completely normal. The boys that I shared a table with were very funny, and that quickly broke the ice.
26 March 2019, Tuesday
On Tuesday, we showed our beautiful school to the German students. We showed them some classrooms, we gossiped about our favorite and least favorite classes. After the tour the German students got to enjoy a language class, they had the chance to see how Hungarians learn different languages. Then we tried to plan how we’re going to do our presentations, we got some questions to help us. Afterwards, we went up to the Buda Castle using the cogwheel, everybody was in awe while looking at the view. A lot of group pictures and selfies later, we headed to the Hungarian Parliament, where we got a guided tour, we looked at iconic national treasures and emblems, Hungarian history everywhere. For dinner, we went to Oktogon Bisztró, an all-you-can-eat restaurant. As soon as everybody had eaten their meals, we took a boat trip from Jászai Mari square to Boráros Square, everybody seemed to love Budapest in the night time.
27 March 2019, Wednesday
On this day we got to start preparing our presentations, each group was given different topics, every student was in work-mode. For almost two hours we worked hard, had really deep and interesting conversations about the topics that we got. Everybody bonded over this, we really got to know one another. Thereafter we went to Blaha Lujza Square, where we started a tour, guided by a lovely woman, showing us multicultural places nearby. We got snacks, including fortune cookies, Pakistani food called „ pakora with vegetables ’’, also a glass of mango lassie, made out of yoghurt and mangos. Next, we went to Heroes Square and the City Park, where we had free time. Then we took part in UrbanGo, which is a teambuilding game and competition while sightseeing in Pest. This game was really special, not just because I was in the winning group, but because I really got to know the people I was with.
28 March 2019, Thursday
At the start of this day we got a little time to fully finish our presentations. After that we had to present them, which was really frustrating and fun at the same time. Everybody did a great job, all of the presentations turned out to be entertaining and each and every one of them taught me a different thing about German culture. After this, we had to get lunch, and then we had free time. A lot of us had a fun time with the German students, we really got to make beautiful friendships. Then we walked up to Gellért hill, where one of the German students, and one of the Hungarian students sang to us, their pretty voices flowed with the cold night air, the lights from the city made everything feel more at home and comfortable. Everbody got a little sad, but in a good way. All of the students will surely remember this week for the rest of their lives, because this was a kind of magical experience. As we got down from the hill, we headed to Mátyás Pince, a restaurant, which complements the tasty food with an entertaining Hungarian folk dance show. It was a great way to end this week.
29 March 2019, Friday
After a lot of „ goodbyes ” , „ see you soons ” and shed tears, we waved goodbye to the German students. We promised to never forget this precious week, full of good memories and funny moments, inside jokes and deep conversations. I hope to see the German students soon, we made those kinds of friendships that don’t seem to end ever. We managed to work together really well, the language difference wasn’t a thing we couldn’t overcome. I’m proud of having been involved in this project where everybody was able to overcome their initial fears and managed to build lasting relationships and learn about other cultures.
School project day – cultures of Europe in focus
Photo exhibition – Colourful Europe
2018 was the year of cultures in Europe. Teachers and students of BGSZC Teleki Blanka Vocational Secondary School connected numerous programmes with it. Students displayed their photos taken in the framework of an Erasmus+ project in Pforzheim (Ludwig-Erhard_Schule) and Budapest (BGSZC Teleki Blanka Közgazdasági Szakgimnáziuma) in a photo exhibition in Ferencváros, Mester Galéria. Erasmus+ participant teachers and students also shared their experiences with the visitors who could vote which pictures they liked most.
The winners are Huszár Natália (9a) and Molnár Marcell Olivér (10b), congratulation to their achievement.
Visit in the European Parlament, Strasbourg