Márta Bácskai

Ashoka Fellow
Hungary,
Fellow Since 2013

Citation

This profile was prepared when Márta Bácskai was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2013.
The New Idea
Márta founded Go Healthy! with the aim to equip preschool teachers and parents with a set of practical tools and methods based on games, arts (tales, music, dance, and handicrafts) and theatre pedagogy to more easily encourage children to express themselves and reach a deep level of self-definition, even at a young age. With her tools and methods, Márta is combatting the early onset of illness by providing new channels to health and success early on. For her, prevention and health education in preschool is the best way to eliminate any kind of illness in adulthood.

To maximize success, cooperation from preschool teachers and parents is essential. Márta supports a previously unexplored method of tripartite collaboration between children, parents and preschool teachers, in which all three work together to serve the “whole” child. Márta’s network of “ambassador” preschool teachers is responsible for expanding the program and managing the existing partnerships throughout Hungary. In seven years, Go Healthy! has worked with 1,350 preschools in Hungary and 250 in Transylvania and is in the process of expanding to other regions and neighboring countries.
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