Pető András College

Some sad news today

Today I heard about the death of Margit Balogh, former Librarian at the Peto Institute, from cancer.

She became Librarian of the Institute in 1992 and brought new life and systems to the  Institute’s collection. In a chapter written for the recent book on Dr Hári (Balogh and Dezsőné, 2014) she describes her work there under the watchful, interested eye of Mária Hári, who encouraged her  to update the procedures, re-organise the stock, and develop the use of computers,  making its holdings  more accessible.

Margit also edited the book Mária Hári and her conductive education in 2007.

In 1993 I visited the Institute and met with Margit.  We communicated through an interpreter as I knew no Hungarian and she no English, but it was an interesting meeting as we talked about the unique sources on Conductive Education held in the Institute and the beginnings of the Library I was establishing for the Foundation for Conductive Education in England.

Margit did retire some years ago but today’s users of the Library owe her a large debt for all she did for the collection, and Conductive Education.

Today is a very sad day.


Balogh, E and Horváth Dezsőné, (2014) Emlékkönyv, Hári, Mária 1923-2001. Budapest: Pető András Főiskola


Some new books on Conductive Education

I have been building a library of items on Conductive Education for Conduction over the past few years. It is growing nicely now and becoming a respectable collection of books, articles, papers etc both published, and unpublished.

Today I was given two new items to add. The first is a new book in Hungarian published by Pető András Főiskola [Pető András College] in Budapest, entitled:

Tanulmányok a konduktív peadagógia köréből;A Hári Mária-pályázat gyűjteményéből. 

The welcome page of the book [translated for me into English] states:

Hari Maria is a role model for all of us because of her devoted work for sustaining and protecting the Peto method. Therefore it is not accidental that, in recognition and respect of her professional work and humanity we called the first Hari Maria competition.

This book contains papers which were submitted and accepted by professional judges –  and were written by this famous institute’s lecturers, conductors and students.

This collection of papers about Conductive Education and Pető András makes  a substantial book of 446 pages with illustrations, some black and white, some coloured. 

The second, was the abstract book for the 9th World Congress on Conductive Education which was held in Budapest , December 2016.

Other recent additions are Emlékkönyv Dr Hári Mária 1923-2001,


Genesis; bringing Conductive Education to Israel.

This increasing number of books on Conductive Education is good to see after years of very little being published.


Deák, Adrienn. and Kollega, Tarsoly István., ed. (2016) Tanulmányok a konduktív peadagógia köréből; a Hári Mária-pályázat gyűjteményéből.[Studies from the conductive pedagógia; from the collection of papers from the Hari Maria competition] Budapest: Pető András Főiskola.

Balogh, E and Németh, G. ed., (2016) Abstract book of 9th World Congress on Conductive Education. Budapest: International Pető Association.

Kollega, T.I. ed. (2014) Emlékkönyv Dr Hári Mária 1923-2001. Budapest: Pető András Főiskola [In memory of Dr Hári Mária]

Schenker, R., ed. (2016) Genesis; bringing Conductive Education to Israel. Birmingham: CEP and Jerusalem: Tsad Kadima.

New book published in celebration of Mária Hári and her work

I am pleased to say that a book to celebrate Dr Mária Hári, entitled Emlékkönyv. Dr. Hári Mária 1923–2001 has been published recently by the András Pető College.

The volume was compiled by two former senior staff  members,  Dr Erzsébet Balogh and Dr Júlia Horváth, and edited by Dr István Kollega Tarsoly, head of the College’s library which is  named after Mária Hári.

There was an event to launch this book on 30 June at the College and the announcement stated:

The book will be formally introduced to the public on 30th June 2015 from 11 a.m. in the Villányi Street building of the András Pető College.The opening address of the festive event will  be delivered by Dr Franz Schaffhauser,  the rector of the College. Then Dr Éva Feketéné Szabó, college professor, director of the Institute of Conductive Pedagogy will recite her memories of Mária Hári. Finally the book will be presented by the renowned psychologist Dr Tamás Vekerdy.


I was unable to go to the launch, but Susie Mallett did and she has ordered a copy for me which is terrific. It should arrive in the post shortly.

Andrew Sutton was sent a copy, as two pieces that he had written about Hári have been included, and he has lent it to me. The book is a fine collection of detail about Mária Hári, her life and her work, with many photos, in black and white and colour. Some of these pictures have notes of place, event and date, but many do not. This is very disappointing but sometimes it can be impossible to find accurate information.

The text is in Hungarian and English  arranged in parallel, side by side.

I was interested to see one chapter in particular. Margit Balogh, the recently retired Librarian of the College, has written  about the Library.  She records details of the history, establishment, and development of the library including the combining of Pető’s personal collection with that of the Institute, all done with Mária Hári’s help and support. The aim of this library, is like all libraries’, to provide information about Conductive Education to scholars, students and all interested parties. No statistics of use are provided.

The book is now for sale at 4,000 forints and can be purchased via the Library

Balogh, E. and  Horváth, Dezsőné, comp.(2015)  Emlékkönyv. Dr. Hári Mária 1923–2001 .Edited by Istvan Kollega Tarsoly. Budapest:  Pető András Főiskola.

Buying Conductive Education books from Budapest, in 2015

The Pető András College has inherited the books published for sale from the former Pető Institute.

Over the past few weeks emails have been going back and forth between me and the Library at Pető András Főiskola in Budapest. I wanted to buy two of their publications, and it took time to establish costs, including postage. The items, both by Maria Hari are The History of Conductive Pedagogy  and the  French edition of the Human Principle in Conductive Education, both not available anywhere else.

Yesterday I received an invoice for both of the publications giving me the charges in forints and euros, about £15.00 in sterling, including postage. Payment was required before supplying the books,  which  is not  unreasonable, and I had to do this by transferring money from my bank account to that of the College.

I went to arrange this at my bank and was horrified to discover that there was a charge for doing this of £20, more in itself than the cost of the books with postage. Getting home I immediately contacted the Library and asked if it was possible to pay by credit card or debit card or even send two Conductive Education Press books in exchange for the ones I wanted.

It was very disappointing to get a reply this morning saying that none of those options is possible. In 2015 it seems incredible  that it is not possible to pay by card, and must mean that a lot of international  sales of books are being missed.

What a shame. Perhaps the College will get around to offering different options of paying as part of their general modernisation and join the rest of the world.

I am not inclined to pay the fees and will have to consider what to do next. I have been told that I would be very welcome to visit the Library anytime and buy the books then, but I don’t think a trip to Budapest is very likely though it would be great to visit and meet Noémi Zalavári who has been so helpful.

Setting up Conductive Education Press’ publications to be ordered and  supplied via the Internet seems even more like a good idea now, and does mean that all  seven publications can be ordered and paid for immediately anywhere in the world.

Peto Andras College takes Conductive Education to Transylvania

A Hungarian news item today reports on a three week programme of Conductive Education in Transylvania, Romania, provided by conductors from the Pető András College, (the newly re-named  Pető Institute).  In July  candidates from two villages took part in   a selection process and the three week course has just finished.

No mention is made of further sessions as far as ! can tell.

The report refers to the Institute , not the College,  but I have used its new name here.