The DARE board 2021-2023

During our General Assembly in July2021 a new managing board was elected. Learn more about the members of the board:

Agnese Koligina Balode, Treasurer

Why are you involved in DARE?

I truly believe that democracy and human rights education is the key approach to raise the human rights culture and improve the human rights situation in Europe and globally.

What do you wish for the future of Democracy and Human Rights Education?

I wish that every adult and child in every corner of the world would have access to qualitative and suitable information about democracy and human rights.

What book or movie did you read/watch lately, and should we read/watch that too?

One of the books I recently read that could be useful making though these challenging times is Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Franckl.


Evgeniya Khoroltseva, Sectretary

Why are you involved in DARE?
Engagement in the dare network has brought new encounters and good partnerships with people and organizations in Europe. I especially appreciate the possibility to exchange teaching methods and experiences in the field of human rights education.

What do you wish for the future of Democracy and Human Rights Education?
Human rights are old as values, but quite young as international judicial norms. For a long time, they have been part of law education only. At the same time, human rights are an integral part of the everyday life of people, so that to have knowledge and be able to “use” them is crucial for every individual to have a decent and just life.

What book or movie did you read/watch lately, and should we read/watch that too?
Book: Alexandra Kollontai: A biography (revised edition) by Cathy Porter. Having been female ambassador to the Scandinavian countries from the Soviet Russia, Kollontai had big courage to speak out on women’s emancipation in terms of economic, personal, and sexual liberty.
Film: Dr Strangelove by Stanley Kubrick is timeless in my mind. It makes you laugh as it reveals the insanity of imperial political ambitions so good.


Georg Pirker, President

Why are you involved in DARE?
With our organisation AdB we are a founding member of the DARE network and it has been for a long time a very important field of our activities for linking our EDC/HRE work to the different European discourses, exchange with in the network members on experiences and practices and generate new practices through cooperation.
Until today the European EDC/HRE policy discourses lack from concrete field evidence, experiences, feedback and input of practice and practitioners from LLL grassroots, which is a focal area where  DARE network is one of the very rare expert organisations in the LLL and youth work context. DARE is not a QUANGO, nor a think tank or playground of big donors that find citizenship interesting to fund, but is a recognised charitable and democratically governed NGO, held accountable by its membership and serves as platform and real network where experienced and capable experts and organisations who are deeply into EDC/HRE and learning practices, work together with high commitment.

What do you wish for the future of Democracy and Human Rights Education?
A vivid and growing membership specifically from countries where DARE is currently not so present, or has been present but is not anymore (because structures have been destroyed or it became difficult for the partners to work) making vitally use of the opportunities we create together with our members and the EDC/HRE community have via DARE network – and  wish that slowly we come into a position to establish an own paid secretariat.

What book or movie did you read/watch lately and should we read/watch that too?
Book: Dave Eggers: “What is the What?”, definitely worth reading.


Inês Carvalho

Why are you involved in DARE?
Because in Dare I fell I am challenged and in a constant mutual learning process and because I have the privilege of being surrounded by people and collectives that inspire me and from whom I learn so much.

What do you wish for the future of Democracy and Human Rights Education?
May it help us to unite forces and energies in our struggles, to join collectives in common work and reflection and to take small steps towards some changes we want to achieve: education for all, raise awareness, equal access to opportunities.

What book or movie did you read/watch lately and should we read/watch that too?
I have been involved in several collective processes where theatre can support the changes we want to achieve and therefore I recommend reading Augusto Boal’s book on Legislative Theatre where I have been immersing myself lately.


Moritz Borchardt

Why are you involved in DARE?
Because in DARE I feel constantly challenged to develop myself further professionally, because of the quality of its members, and because of how welcoming the community has been from the start.

What do you wish for the future of Democracy and Human Rights Education?
To save the world – or in the very least help us educate, raise awareness, and work towards a more positive future for all. Simple things.

What book or movie did you read/watch lately, and should we read/watch that too?
I have recently started to re-watch Star Trek Deep Space 9, which is the best discussion/elaboration on how a utopian society and its ideals can work under less than ideal circumstances (think: post conflict societies, religious extremism, capitalism) – all while still being genuinely good entertainment. 


Rebecca Welge

Why are you involved in DARE?

I got introduced to DARE in 2018, and became an associated member and representative of our association Demokrative in the same year. Believing in the power of collaboration, I think DARE can have a significant impact in the field as a network and a European-wide organization. I hope to assist in this by being part of the managing board.

What do you wish for the future of Democracy and Human Rights Education?

Democracy and human rights rely on individuals and groups, who are able and willing to take a stand in everyday life and act out mutual understanding and human dignity. In this perspective, I cannot think of something more important than further strengthening EDC/HRE educational practices to make the world a better place.

What book or movie did you read/watch lately, and should we read/watch that too?

One of the books I recently read was ‘Kukolka’ by Lana Lux, a novel about Samira and her life in a world, which still includes much to many obstacles for living beings to live a decent life no matter your origin, gender, or other aspects of you being you. Definitely worth to be read.