Our activities

One of the aims formulated in the Articles of Association is building a community of large families. The main objective of organising events is strengthening community life, providing members from different parts of the country an opportunity to meet and to get to know the management of the association.

OUR PROGRAMS AT NATIONAL LEVEL

NOE has three large national events annually, attended by thousands of people. These are the annual general assembly of NOE, the family festival of our member organisations and members in autumn, and NOE Christmas celebration, respectively. Furthermore, NOE organises one additional special event, a large get-together every year. In 2016, we organised a Large Families Festival, in 2017, we celebrated the 30th birthday of the Association, whereas in 2018 we will have an International Family Congress at Veszprém. In addition to these large gatherings, NOE hosts a great number of various programs, conferences, negotiations, meetings at local, regional and national levels.

Since 1990, NOE has been organising bi-annual family conferences, where some of the topics specifically focus on the whole family. Highly relevant aspects of family life are addressed, for a healthy society can only be built on healthy families. The conferences are organised for all the members of the families, with all family members being able to participate. While adults discuss serious issues, NOE provides children with special programmes: sports events, excursions, handicraft possibilities and sports contests, with volunteers giving an invaluable support to the event. The Third European Large Families Conference was organised in Győr in 2006.

Some examples of previous NOE conferences:

  • ‘Family-friendly society’, international conference in 1994.
  • ‘Who raises whom?’ conference on school education in 1999.
  • ‘Successful female carrier routes’, a conference on successful reconciliation of work and family, in when?
  • So-called mini conferences were organised by the regional centres of NOE for the International Day of Families at 32 venues in the country in May 2004.
  • In March 2011, within the framework of the international programme series of “Family Week”, a series of mini-conferences were organised throughout the country with about 90 local NOE organisations having small conferences on various topics involving families. (Eight further European countries joined the programme: the Czech Republic, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Italy, Portugal, Romania and Spain. The series of programmes was entitled ‘Europe: family first!’)

NOE got in touch with the German programme called ‘Lokale Bündnisse für die Familie’ within framework of an EU ‘Peer review’ programme in Berlin on ‘Reconciling family and work’, and has been following the activities of the programme ever since. The main objective of the organisation is to establish a family-friendly society by joining the collaboration of various institutions, organisations and society groups. The programme perfectly suits the ambitions, value structures and way of thinking of NOE on population and family politics. Therefore, we decided to be the promoters of the ‘Lokale Bündnisse für die Familie’ initiative. During the past few years, NOE has organised several conferences and prepared brochures about the programme in Hungary. As a result, similar local communities (Lokale Bündnisse) have been formed in Hungary as well.

  

OUR PROGRAMS AT INTERNATIONAL LEVEL

The international relations of our Association are of high importance. NOE is a member of various international organisations (e.g. COFACE, ELFAC, FEFAF, etc.), that are forums of NGO’s dealing with families. NOE is one of the founding members of the European Large Families Confederation (ELFAC). The current President of ELFAC, László Márki, acted as President of NOE between 2000 and 2004. NOE actively cooperates with and contributes to the work of these organisations.

In 2015, NOE co-initiated an international pro-family project with the Confederation of Family Associations in the Carpathian Basin (KCSSZ). As of January 2018, NOE is in charge of implementing the international pro-family project.

The project aims at strengthening the social and financial background of European family lobbies and pro-family policy by international networking of family-related civil organisations. Our intention is that pro-family attitude, approach and values become more visible and articulate in the legislation of the European Union. NOE and KCSSZ are thriving to contribute to the empowering of pro-family approach at an international level, as well as to the lobbying possibilities of European civil organisations through their network system.

The implementation of the international program is coordinated by four mothers.

The two pillars of our international program are the following:

  • Youth pillar: we find it of utmost importance to raise their awareness and reinforcing the importance of working for families, as well as to inspire them to develop a family-centred baseline and approach. Also, we offer professional training for those who are already engaged in family-related activities either in their career or as volunteers for pro-family civil organisations.
  • Professional pillar: networking possibility for representatives of family-related NGO’s: we organise conferences, workshops, networking events about various topics related to family and marriage. This way, people working in this field in one way or another can gain an insight into the work of other organisations, can become familiar with the legislation of the different countries, can learn “best practices” from other organisations, may start cooperating with similar NGO’s throughout Europe, and have the opportunity to contribute to building a more family-friendly Europe together.

NOE AWARDS

Our Association has already received numerous awards and distinctions, which we are very proud of. Therefore, we perfectly know and understand why it is so important to appreciate the work that others do for our Association, for our common aims and goals.

NOE has established three different prizes or awards.

  1. Our members excelling in community work and taking real action for families and family values are awarded with ‘NOE-prize’.
  2. The so-called ‘Family-friendly Municipality Award’ was founded in 2005. It is presented to dedicated municipalities on the World Population Day. Candidates are proposed by NOE members.
  3. NOE can rely on various smaller and larger enterprises, multinational companies and private individuals who prove their sympathy and solidarity towards our association. Their support is appreciated by the so-called ‘Cradle prize’.

INTERNATIONAL EVENTS

European Citizen’s Prize in Brussels

10/10/2018

Each year, the European Parliament awards “The European Citizen’s Prize”. This prize is intended to be an award for exceptional achievements in the following areas: Activities or actions by citizens, groups, associations or organisations having displayed an outstanding commitment to …

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EYIFF PLUS

02/10/2018

The National Association of Large Families (NOE) organised the first so-called “EYIFF Plus” Youth Workshop between 20 to 23 September 2018 in Budapest, Hungary. This EYIFF PLUS meeting was the first advanced level of the “European Youth Initiative for Future …

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EYIFF Plus

07/09/2018

The National Association of Large Families organises the first so-called “EYIFF Plus” Youth Workshop from 20 to 23 September 2018 in Budapest. This EYIFF PLUS meeting will be the first advanced level of the “European Youth Initiative for Future Families” …

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