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We have introduced a new organisational structure which is a pilot version and results in more efficient work in the form of working groups in different developmental fields. Major points of focus in the life of KIFE are the following this year:

  1. Development of seniors
  2. Development of the youth
  3. Community development
  4. Civil developments
  5. International relationships

In January we started a two-year project entitled „Together for knowledge – transnational cooperations”, in which we cooperate closely with organisations outside the Hungarian border.



We launched several projects that were realised with the support of European Union funds. We relied on previous achievements and experience in the projects and yet we were looking for new, innovative solutions in the following thematic fields:

a)      Kerkai Jenő Tutoring School for the catching up of disadvantaged pupils and students

b)      Extension of the Vitality community development project to new settlements (Szentes and Szegvár), strengthening of previous development points (Csongrád and Derekegyház)

c)       Development of Seniors and enhancement of their activity in social life in the region of Szeged

d)       Strengthening the ICT competences of the elderly, the effect of digitalisation on seniors


The Vitality project started in 2015 continued in five rural settlements (Csongrád, Derekegyház, Kunszentmárton, Szatymaz, Újkígyós).

In the framework of our new training project entitled „Women in civil life”: a series of training courses entitled „Development of social life in the country and in the city” started from March in 2016 in Budapest.

From fall on we took part in an international cooperation as a partner organisation in order to develop the competence of the elderly in Informations and Communications Technology, to enhance intergenerational cooperation. Danish, Maltese, Transylvanian and Hungarian organisations took part in the project.


KIFE held its 20th jubilee general assembly on the 14th April 2015 in Budapest. 3 new members joined KIFE this day.


The management of KIFE declared the years 2014-2015 to be a jubilee.

Our project entitled ‘You are needed – Development of youth community in cities and in the little settlements’ ended with a conference at the beginning of February in 2014.

We carried out Grundtvig-Senior voluntary exchange program with the cooperation of the Austrian partners in 2014-2015

A seminar for the preparation of marriage was started with the support of NCSSZI.



From 2013, the name of KIFE is Catholic Youth and Adult Education Association, therefore it is now possible for individuals to join as supporting members. This brought about the renewal the KIFE image and website.

Our program entitled Train the Trainers finished this year, so the planning of the training developed in this project was an important task.

We started a new group for our accredited ‘Adult education group leader’ training, please follow up our announcements!




We started new, large-scale projects: „PONT Te kellesz! – Ifjúsági közösségfejlesztés városon és vidéken” (‘You are needed – Development of youth community in cities and in the little settlements’)  We opened information centres in three cities (Eger, Székesfehérvár, Szombathely) and offer non-formal training for the youth within the framework of the project ‘You are needed – Youth community development in cities and in the country’ (with TÁMOP 5.2.5./B support).

We started a new program entitled ‘Development of the publicity work of civil organisations’ with the aim of improving the communications and visibility of the work done by NGOs.

The ‘Women in civil life’ project ended with a conference in December with the main theme: ‘All endings mean a new beginning’.

We were asked to delegate a member to the National Training and Adult Education Committee (NSZFT), so from 2012, Edit B. Balogh, the executive manager of KIFE, actively participated in the work of the committee.



Our program aiming at training adult education experts was started, in which we announced an accredited training entitled 'Adult education group leader training’ and ‘Situations and Solutions in leading an adult education group’.

Our project ‘Women in Civil Life’ ( gained more importance with round tables in Hernád, Lajosmizse and Mártély. Workshop series started on basic and advanced level for women who take responsibilities in civil life and representatives or volunteers.

Our organisation was asked to delegate a member to the Adult Education Accreditation Body (FAT), so from 2012 on István Jusztin (director of Sík Sándor Piarist Dormitory) took the responsibilities of being a FAT member.



Our project called Adult Education Civil Network founded by TÁMOP 2.5.1 continued and came to an end. A database was formed which has been continuously expanding since then. It contains experts and organisations offering trainings (

We held several project-generating workshops in cross-border cooperations (Vojvodina and Transylvania), with the support of NCA, which focused on the realisation of adult education programs, especially on non-formal trainings



KIFE, in consortium with the Hungarian Adult Education Network set up a representation project serving the development of the Adult Education Civil Network (with TÁMOP 2.5.1. support).

It launched a multi-purpose project entitled Women in Civil Life which intended to show the good-practices of the civil sphere through the women's point of view (with the support of NCA and EACEA).

KIFE initiated the Adult Education Civil Newsletter in order to inform the civil actors in adult education and to support member organisations and professional partners.



Partnership building programs were organised for representatives of the member organisations: Swiss-Lichtenstein study trips, information events, future-planning workshops, international conferences.

This was also the time when the strategic plan of KIFE for the next few years was created, which emphasised the improvement of  the quality of training programs, the strengthening of adult education representation and projects based on cooperation.



Civil Intelligence (CIQ)- Christian Non-profit Partnership was the title of the cooperation with 6 NGOs that dealt with carrying out researches, developing training and creating new publications on three topics: youth education, development of civil networks and volunteering.



The head office of KIFE purchased a new home, which was made possible by several foreign donations.

KIFE actively participated in the work of the European Federation for Catholic Adult Education. Its delegate, Edit B. Balogh was elected vice president this year, a position she actively works in since then.



To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of KIFE, an Anniversary Conference was held to present the activities of KIFE and the current situation of catholic adult education. The conference was also the venue where the Kerkai Award was first issued, which makes it possible to award outstanding personalities in youth and adult education each year. This was also the year that the first promotional CD was made for KIFE that introduces the viewers to the activities and professional operation of KIFE.

Our organisation joined an international project called InfoNet, embracing 15 countries, which was supported by the Grundtvig 4 program. Its aim was to create a European adult education portal and to issue thematic newsletters.



KIFE established a Professional Consultant Body (SZTT), the members of which are outstanding experts in Hungarian Adult Education. The main role of SZTT is to follow and consult KIFE on its professional activities.



The KIFE was registered as an institution for adult education and related services first at OKÉV (Országos Közoktatási Értékelési és Vizsgaközpont - National Center for Educational Evaluation and Examination), then at the Csongrád County Employment Centre. The current registration number for adult education of the KIFE is the following:  00085-2009.


This was the year when KIFE colleagues first took part in international co-operations. From 2001 to 2004 KIFE coordinated a program on education towards active citizenship within the Comenius 3.1 project. As a result a methodology publication was created for the methodology development of student councils.  Our organisation also took part in two Grundtvig 2 projects on Bioethics and Study Customs in Europe.



The Renovabis Aid Organisation of the German Episcopate helped KIFE develop a funding system for supporting training programs which enhanced the propagation of social teachings of the Catholic Church.



KIFE joined the work of FEECA (European Federation for Catholic Adult Education). The Hungarian representative József Horváth (director of the Martineum Adult Education Academy) was later elected vice president of the association, which he held for four years.

KIFE’s name was changed to Catholic Youth and Adult Education Alliance, further strengthening its identity as an umbrella organisation.


 The number of the court record is: Pk.60.008/1995/2



The initiative of the German AKSB (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Katholisch-Sozialer Bildungswerke) lead to the establishment of KIFE (Catholic Youth and Adult Education Organisation) in December. Founding members were organisations whose activity partly or fully connected to youth and adult education.


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