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Our Team

Ági Fernengel

Director

My tasks in the School of Public Life are professional leadership, co-ordination of educational activities, methodological development and the training of trainers. Furthermore, I create various trainings for groups dealing with social inequalities and working for social change.

I am happy that I can help strengthen these great initiatives and that people committed to social change can meet and work together at our events.

I studied Sociology and Anthropology at Eötvös Loránd Universiy. At Central European University I researched global inequalities, the changing educational system and the Hungarian state. As the co-founder of Deviszont Community Space, I started a pedagogical program of civic education for students attending professional secondary schools.

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Éva Tessza Udvarhelyi

PhD, co-founder and a member of the Board

My most important task as a volunteer in the School of Public Life is the financial management of the organization. Besides, I also take part in organizing and implementing training programs, I offer support to civil organizations with their strategic planning, I coordinate participatory action research projects and edit books and publications. I love working here because I can contribute to a more democratic and happy Hungary with wonderful and diligent colleagues.

I studied Cultural Anthropology at Eötvös Loránd University, then I completed my PhD at the City University of New York. My doctoral thesis has also been published as a book in Hungarian: “Justice on the streets: Responses to the housing crisis in Hungary from above ad below.” In the past I worked as a youth worker and as an intercultural trainer at the Artemisszió Foundation. In 2009 I co-founded a grassroot housing advocacy group, called The City is for All. In 2016 I was selected as the 36th Hungarian Ashoka fellow for my work with Hungarian social movements.

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Júlia Vujovits

Communications Officer

My most important task is to manage the communication of the whole organization, which includes managing the website, our newsletter and our social media platforms. I am also responsible for campaigns and visual design. I also work as a trainer from time to time.

The School of Public Life is an essential initiative that supports democracy and active citizenship by sharing knowledge and experience. I like to work here because my tasks are creative and diverse, and I can be a member of a great community.
I studied Sociology and Gender Studies at Eötvös Loránd University, my research areas were Hungarian men’s movements and feminist urban planning. Since 2013, I have also been working at the Foundation for Democratic Youth in the field of democratic education and development of debate culture.

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Anna DánieL

Financial Assistant

In the School of Public Life I am responsible for finances and administration. I participate in the School’s work as a volunteer because I completely identify with its mission and principles.

 I enjoy working here, I like to make good use of my knowledge and I can learn techniques and topics that are important for both and society as a whole.
I am currently retired, but in my active professional life I worked as a civil servant for 42 years. As an economist my area was foreign relations.

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SárA Bite

Education Coordinator

As the education coordinator, I take part in the technical and operational organization of training programs, film clubs and events. I am responsible for providing the perfect conditions for trainers and participants during our events.

I studied social work at Eötvös Loránd University and I also hold a degree in Social Policy. In the last couple of years I have worked in different areas of social services both in Hungary and abroad. I previously worked  in an organization that supported homeless people in Budapest, I also worked in Spain in criminal reintegration, and I managed a project helping the integration of refugees.

To sum up, I have worked with people who find it difficult to stand up for their own interests due to the lack of knowledge and tools. The School of Public Life has an extremely important goal, because it aims to change this situation.

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ZÓRA MOLNÁR

Participatory Action Research Coordinator

My role at the School of Public Life is to coordinate participatory action research projects, trainings and workshops.

I like to work in the School of Public Life because with our help people who previously had no means to speak up and advocate for their interest can effectively protect their rights.

I studied Social Psychology at Eötvös Loránd University, then Public Administration at Central European University. During my research I mostly studied the psychological processes behind prejudiced behavior and the policy measuresaiming to decrease social inequalities. For two and a half years I worked as the community organizer of a disabled people’s advocacy group called “Living independently – in community”.

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Flóra Bauer

Community Coordinator

My main task is to assist the community forming around the School of Public Life, especially to activate, extend and improve the group of our volunteers. In addition, I am involved in organizing our programs and I am also a trainer.

I earned my master’s degree in Intercultural Psychology and Pedagogy at Eötvös Loránd University, focusing on the situation of minorities. I got acquainted with the School of Public Life through my education and I became a regular visitor of trainings and events.

It is a great pleasure to be a member of the School of Public Life and to be able to contribute to active citizenship and strong social participation.

I have been working as a trainer at the “Adventures and Dreams” community since 2013, gaining most of my experience at organizing program during summer camps for disadvantaged children.

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Board Members

Chair of the School of Public Life Foundation’s Board, Zsófia Makádi pursued her studies in the fields of economics and international communications. Currently she is working at the NIOK Foundation, where she has filled in roles in finance, communications and fundraising while working several years at Artemisszió Foundation and Habitat for Humanity as well. Previously she taught marketing and business communications. Her personal mission is to expand the opportunities for charitable action, and to call for the recognition of happiness induced by charity work. Currently she serves in advisory roles for civil society organizations and Lutheran communities regarding fundraising and communications.

Diana
Szántó

Founder of the School of Public Life Foundation, Diana Szántó is a cultural anthropologist and the professional leader and chair of the Artemisszió Foundation. She is a member of the Karl Polanyi Research Center for Global Social Studies, her research focuses on civil society and international development in Western Africa. Diana is also interested in the issues of international migration, global education and intercultural relationships.

Gyula
Balog

He is the only male member of the organizations, and the only member of the Board living in poverty. Gyula started his political activism 44 years ago, at the age of 12. Already at age 15 he held trainings and later he got involved in the organizational and educational tasks of agitation and propaganda. Gyula was also responsible for various organizational tasks at the Alcoholics Anonymous and helped new groups to form. He is a member of the City is for All since its foundation. From 2015 on he has been working on community building and training programs, and coordinates awareness-raising events mainly for students.

She is the School of Public Life’s Board member and a lawyer working at The Hungarian Helsinki Committee. She deals with matters of discrimination and issues related to the treatment of detainees by authorities. Borbála is a member of the working group against hate crimes. She is the founder of the Streetlawyer Association created by the City is for All. At the School of Public Life, Borbála is involved in strategic planning.

Eszter
Jagodits

Special education teacher, co-founder and co-worker of Deviszont Community Space. She started her career at a second chance secondary school, gaining experience at working with youngsters. She participated in creating and carrying out awareness-raising workshops and also used to work with young people who are disadvantaged, dealing with substance abuse issues or migrants. She believes that it is important to work with groups who do not have access to quality education or do not benefit equally from services because of their financial situation or cultural background.

Volunteers

The work of the School of Public Life is assisted by a dedicated group of volunteers. The main goal of the volunteer program is to bring knowledge about social inequalities and organizing to those who need it most. Therefore we take our activist board game, reading groups or interactive training sessions to marginalized communities. In addition, our volunteers also help with translation, administration and organizing events.

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You contribute to a just Hungary where everyone has the knowledge and skills to stand up for their interests

You help the development of the movements and civil society in Hungary

You support the sustainability and accessibility of our trainings

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