The Institute for Hungarian Language Strategy (MANYSI) launched a series of roundtable discussions on public education with the aim to define the strategic objectives of the Institute related to education in the mother tongue and to draw up proposals for the necessary changes. The first meeting took place on 30 November 2017 in the Library and Information Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

The meeting on education in the mother tongue was opened by Attila Tóth, director of MANYSI. In his speech, he spoke about the contradictions of the current public educational trends and the possible framework of cooperation whereby these discrepancies can be addressed.

In his presentation, Benő Csapó, among others, spoke about the opportunities provided by school assessment, diagnosis and therapy on the basis of the experiences of the e-Dia system and emphasized the importance of reading comprehension in determining the outcome of all further learning.  

Zoltán Pompor presented possible solutions to solve the reading crisis on the basis of German experiences. György D. Fenyő described a detailed package of proposals to develop competencies in the mother tongue and to help children to become autonomous readers and he called the attention to the distinction between the literary and cultural canon. 

Zsuzsa Hajas gave an overview of the curriculum regulation and addressed the issue of whether there is a public discourse on the prestige of the language.

In his thought-provoking presentation, András Valaczka tried to re-think the methods of teaching literature, mother tongue and culture. Mária Laczkó spoke about the teaching material and the challenges faced by teachers of the digital generation and drew the attention to the need to renew teacher training and further training programmes.