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Approved projects: Organisational grants in programme Democratic culture

About project

  • Executer: Baltic Human Rights Society
  • Project title: Longterm support for implementation of democratic citizenship and human rights education
  • Regions of execution: Latvia
  • Project budget: 100 000 euro
  • Project status: Closed
  • Cooperation partners from donor countries:
  • Project contact person: Agnese Koligina-Balode, email:, phone: 26119337

The aim of the project is to strengthen democracy and active citizenship in Latvia by supporting the operating activities of the Baltic Human Rights Society in the area of citizenship and human rights education.

Citizenship and human rights education are among the most effective methods in building democracy culture. The reluctance of the society to engage in civic processes, and disbelief in the importance of their own actions in strengthening democracy, is often closely linked with the lack of knowledge on democratic values, civic processes as well as practical ways to take action. The lack of knowledge further results in the lack of skills and attitudes. Educating the society on their civic rights and obligations, and strengthening the perception of each individual as a valuable part of the society, lays a ground for motivating the society to civic action, which further leads to plural, tolerant and solidary society.

With the support of AIF, the BHRS will ensure free access to innovative citizenship and human rights education tools online for the entire society, involve youth in the citizenship education activities, carry out informative campaigns to enhance the understanding of democratic values and human rights of the wider society and decision makers as well as the importance to ensure access to citizenship education for all. BHRS will also engage in the decision-making processes in the areas that affect citizenship education, by organizing public discussions, delivering classes to state sector employees and other NGOs, and participating in inter-sectoral working groups organized by the public sector. Educating the society and engaging them in citizenship education activities, as well as gaining structural support for this area at the state level will raise the number of society members who believe in their personal ability to affect decision making processes, who know how to protect their rights and where to seek help in case of discrimination.



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