TAKE YOUR PART!

It is our firm belief that democracy can flourish only if younger generations participate in our collective decisions as active, responsible citizens committed to our shared European values. This is the reason why this project aims to promote an informed community and political participation, raise awareness of citizens’ rights, develop and strengthen a commitment to democracy, the rule of law, and cooperative problem-solving, targeting students in Hungarian secondary and higher education. As responsible democratic participation is a result of a learning process, we are developing and publishing educational materials for the purpose of human rights and democratic education, with a wide selection of themes, methods and targeted age groups.

These educational materials are ready to be used for educators and professors with different professional backgrounds, and in the frame of several different mandatory subjects in secondary school, university courses or voluntarily undertaken extracurricular activities. In all of these educational contexts, the materials developed serve the same purpose: namely, to inspire and empower younger generations to take their part in the conduct of our public affairs.
Guided by the shared aims and methodological convictions described above, this project is jointly implemented by the Asimov Foundation, the Eötvös Károly Policy Institute, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, the Nonprofit Information and Education Center Foundation, the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, and Transparency International Hungary. Our project has benefited from the support of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

WHO ARE WE?

ATLATSZO.HU

Atlatszo.hu is a watchdog NGO and online news site for investigative journalism to promote transparency and freedom of information in Hungary. Atlatszo.hu – “atlatszo” means transparent in Hungarian – produces investigative reports, accepts information from whistleblowers, files freedom of information requests, and commences freedom of information lawsuits in cases where its requests are refused. Atlatszo.hu operates a Tor-based anonymous whistleblowing platform (Magyarleaks), a freedom of information request generator for the general public (Kimittud), and a crowdsourced platform to report everyday corruption anonymously (Fizettem). Atlatszo.hu provides a blogging platform to other NGOs and independent media. Atlatszo.hu staff are journalists, lawyers and IT-specialists.

EÖTVÖS KÁROLY POLICY INSTITUTE

The Eötvös Károly Policy Institute (EKINT) is a think tank that was created in 2003 in order to establish a novel, unconventional institutional framework for shaping democratic public affairs in Hungary. The Institute wishes to contribute to raising professional and general public awareness and to shaping the political agenda in issues with an impact on the quality of relations between citizens and public power. The Institute issues positions on momentous political issues, hosts conferences, and authors publications and announcements. In addition, it turns to political decision makers with policy proposals, concepts, and background studies and conducts long-term surveys and studies investigating the condition of certain institutions of the democratic republic.

HUNGARIAN HELSINKI COMMITTEE (HHC)

The Hungarian Helsinki Committee (HHC) is a Hungarian non-profit organisation, founded in 1989. The HHC monitors the enforcement in Hungary of human rights enshrined in international human rights instruments, provides legal defence to victims of human rights abuses by state authorities and informs the public about rights violations. The HHC strives to ensure that domestic legislation guarantee the consistent implementation of human rights norms. The HHC promotes legal education and training in fields relevant to its activities, both in Hungary and abroad. The HHC’s main areas of activities are centred on protecting the rights of asylum seekers and foreigners in need of international protection, as well as monitoring the human rights performance of law enforcement agencies and the judicial system. It particularly focuses on the conditions of detention and the effective enforcement of the right to defence and equality before the law.

NON-PROFIT INFORMATION AND TRAINING CENTER (NIOK) FOUNDATION

Founded in 1994, The Non-profit Information and Training Center (NIOK) Foundation was established to strengthen the civil society in Hungary so that it could effectively represent social interests. We are striving to make civil society stronger through the work of non-profit organizations and to lay the groundwork that promotes the long-term operation of those organizations.

We value a fundamentally strong, bottom-up civil society. We are in contact with hundreds of active non-profit organizations in Hungary and continuously working on the development of the non-profit sector. In our work we see lot of activities that can be inspiring for secondary school students and help them to find those activities and their inherent potential that leads them to become a useful, active part of their immediate and broad environment.

THE HUNGARIAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION

The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU) is a human rights NGO established in 1994. The HCLU’s mission is to ensure that everyone in Hungary can learn about their fundamental rights, and can have these rights enforced against the undue interferences and omissions of the state. The HCLU’s activities focus on political liberties, the right to self-determination, and the rights of various vulnerable groups in Hungary: Roma people, those living with mental disabilities, persons living with HIV, and drug users. The HCLU also strives to strengthen civil society and the rule of law in Hungary. As an independent non-profit organization, the HCLU’s activities are mostly financed by private persons and foundations: it does not accept any funding from the Hungarian state or political parties.

TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL HUNGARY

Transparency International Hungary (TI Hungary or TI-H) is an independent non-governmental civil society organization aiming to fight corruption, promote transparency and accountability in public and private sector, and facilitate access to information of public interest. Corruption causes serious problems in many areas in Hungary, both in the political and economic scenes. In order to function as a truly comprehensive anti-corruption organization, TI strives to deal with as many different fields as possible. TI Hungary has a wide range of activities to most effectively combat corruption that consist of research, monitoring of legislation, public awareness raising, advocacy, education, providing legal aid to victims of corruption and to whistleblowers. TI Hungary’s major goal is to provide every opportunity and vehicle to engage more people to achieve policy change and increase the transparency of the use of public funds.