There were a number of organisations dedicated to inculcating and upholding socialist principles in Hungarian society. Once children began school, they became members of the communist youth movement....
Little Drummers - the first stage of the communist youth movement was to become a Little Drummer.
Children wore a uniform with a blue scarf, white shirt and blue trousers or skirt. Their code consisted of six points:
1. A Little Drummer is loyal to his country
2. A Little Drummer respects his parents, teachers and friends
3. A Little Drummer studies and works hard and helps his friends
4. A Little Drummer speaks and behaves fairly
5. A Little Drummer does sport and looks after his health
6. A Little Drummer lives in a way that does justice to his pioneer scarf.
Little Pioneers - this stage of belonging to the movement started when children moved from the early years of primary school to its upper years, at about the age of ten.
They then swapped their blue uniforms for red and now had 12 points to live by:
1. A pioneer is loyal to our homeland, to the Hungarian People's Republic, and works for them responsibly
2. A pioneer strengthens the friendship of nations and preserves the dignity of the red scarf
3. A pioneer studies hard and widens his knowledge of the world and himself
4. A pioneer practises and upholds the values of the socialist society
5. A pioneer volunteers and helps his community
6. A pioneer behaves and speaks fairly
7. A pioneer loves and respects his parents, teachers and elders
8. A pioneer is a loyal friend
9. A pioneer is brave and disciplined
10. A pioneer loves and protects the environment
11. A pioneer exercises and takes care of his health
12. A pioneer lives in a way that does justice to the Hungarian Communist Youth Movement.
KISZ: Communist Youth League
It was to this organisation that students and young people could belong; indeed, membership was compulsory for university entrance. This organisation bridged the gap between youthful involvement in political ideas and that of the Communist Party proper. KISZ organised political, social and sporting events for its members.