Forrás (Fountain) Educational Centre is a Christian institution under ecclesiastical control. Its story started in 2003 when eight Christian families in a small Hungarian town called Mezőkövesd cooperated to make a school. Their aim was to make such a school where their children can study in safe condition with warm atmosphere just like in a family. We chose two parents to teach our eighteen children in a house. This system was on half-way between homeschooling and institutional education.
After three years, we admitted children from other families apart from the founder families. As a cooperation of these families, we could buy a bigger building that we grew out of two years later. In 2008, we moved to a village called Tard. It is 12 km far from Mezőkövesd. There, we rented the empty part of the school-building. Next year, we started a kindergarten in our previous headquarter in Mezőkövesd. The teaching of Art and Music began in 2013. Besides learning fine arts, the students can play the piano, the keyboards, the recorder or the oboe. In 2014, we became an independent institution and in this way, our development came to a bigger step. Since then, our supporter has been the Hungarian Pentecostal Church. In 2015, we built a stable with a riding hall where students can practise horse-riding during the P.E. lesson. As a next step, in 2016, we started a technical school and we established a training farm. Here, we train young people up to twenty-five-year-old; they can learn how to be good farmers. Next year, our students can choose three other trainings: rural host, gardener or food producer.
30-35% of the students come from committed Christian families. Parents from other families find us because their children have learning or behaviour difficulties and they search a school that accepts and receives their children. First, we visit the family in question and we speak with the parents. We want to know if we can cooperate with the parents in order to fulfil the child’s educational needs in a trustful atmosphere on both parts. We love our students; most of them go through an inward recovery joining our school. Besides teaching, we think that nurture is equally important. Our teachers are committed Christians who regard God’s will and moral values with the students during morning devotions and R.E. lessons. They also turn to the children with Christly love every day. The school pastor promotes the spiritual and inward nurture.