Editor and host of the Brassaï Hungarian Broadcast and teacher at Lajos Áprily High School in Brassó (Brașov) Ferenc György Bálint received the Gold Cross of Merit of Hungary, which had been awarded to him by President of Hungary János Áder and was handed over by Consul General László Tóth, leader of the Consulate General of Hungary in Csíkszereda, on Tuesday afternoon. (szekelyhon.ro)
“Although we had to experience a lot of bitterness during the past hundred years, the nation found itself during the past decade, which gives reason not for great cheer, but definitely for confidence. But this recovery could not have happened without extraordinary achievements. And the nation honors these achievements,” said the Consulate General in his inaugural speech.
Ferenc Bálint was born on April 23, 1951, in Csíkszereda (Miercurea Ciuc) and graduated from Áron Márton High School in 1970. He conducted his university studies in Temesvár (Timișoara) in the Technical University’s Electrical Faculty. Since 1990, Ferenc Bálint has been working as a computer science teacher at Lajos Áprily High School in Brassó.
On March 15, 1990, he also started the Brassaï Hungarian Broadcast, which is up to this day the only Hungarian language TV broadcast in Brassó County reporting local news. With this, he undertook a huge task, as in his one-hour weekly TV broadcast, he seeks to reach out to every part of the Hungarian community in Brassó County.
On Tuesday, he received the Gold Cross of Merit of Hungary “for his decades of pedagogical work and work as a TV editor and presenter and for the role he has played in the life of the Hungarian community of Brassó County.”
“People are not doing their duty to receive awards,” Ferenc Bálint said at the ceremony. He also added that,
“receiving an award, however, is a good feeling because this is a sign that your work matters. It is a nice feeling, and at the same time, also obliges me not to give up yet.”
Photo: Consulate General of Hungary in Csíkszereda