Tuesday, 6 September 2016



From Hungarian Baptist Aid's newly opened office in Washington DC, its Founder and President Sándor Szenczy has announced that two Hungarian conductors will be working in Vietnam, under the auspices of USAID

Katalin Szenczy and Lilla Szilágyi will work with children and carers in Tay Ninh province, through the 'the world-famous Hungarian Pető method'. If I understand it correctly, the children are in residential care.

Hungarian Baptist Aid has been working in South East Asia for ten years, training teachers and carers. With help from the European Union and the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs it has already established ten motor development centres in Hanoi and the north. Tay Ninh is in the south of the country.


Quite a long time ago now Hungarian Baptist Aid began using a programme called FLAME –
A specialty of HBAid is a programme that it calls FLAME (standing for ‘function, language, and movement education’), described as ‘adopting the famous Hungarian Pető method [and] prepared by our staff in several countries of the world’. For the sake of sustainability, in addition to direct work with the disabled, FLAME field projects also involve training for local staff. This ‘FLAME’ is apparently unconnected with the long-established conductors’ programme of the same name at Treloar College in England. The Baptists’ work, like much else in Conductive Education, remains undescribed and direct enquiry has elicited no response. Since 1997 HBAid has applied this programme in an impressive and growing number of developing countries: Albania, Algeria, Cambodia, Former Yugoslavia (Kosovo and Serbia-Montenegro), Iraq, Jordan, Mongolia and Vietnam, with training material published in local languages (at least in Khmer and Vietnamese).

The links from which I heard of this nine years ago are no longer live but Hungarian Baptist Aid has since reported yet more widespread use of FLAME around the world in the years between then and now. FLAME's actual content and operation, however, do not seem to have been described.

What will be happening in Tay Ninh?


 (2016) A világhírű magyar Pető-módszert alkalmazza két magyar szakember Vietnamban, ma.hu, 23 August

Sutton, A. (2007) Conductive Education on top of the world, Conductive World, 6 November

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