Menno Ettema

Budapest, Hungary



Short bio

Menno Ettema holds a MA in Psychology from the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands, with a specialisation in Psychology of Culture and Religion.  His research looked into the integration of Moroccan male youth in Dutch society and their attitude towards changing cultural relationship codes and sexual moral. Menno has lived and worked in the Occupied Palestian Terretories and Israel where he organised youth projects on conflict transformation and interfaith dialogue.  He was the International Coordinator of an international network of youth-led peace organisations (UNOY Peacebuilders) based in the Netherlands. Since 2010 he lives in Budapest, working for the Youth Department of the Council of Europe as Educational Advisor. He is responsible for developing and implementing Human Rights Educational projects for youth organisations on a range of topics including, peace and conflict transformation, democratic youth participation,  gender and gender-based violence, refugees and asylum seekers, youth with Disabilities.

Why I am a humble bee?

I hope that the humble bee network will collect like minded individuals that are motivated to work together and support each other to bring out the best of each of us. I hope on a safe community that can stimulate learning. My hope is that I can ask the members of the network for advice when searching for new technics or tools. Simularly I believe I have expereinces in human rights education, youth activism and for example working with disabilities to offer.

I would like to develop myself again more in the programme management area with an NGO or as a free lance. I hope the Humble bee network can help me get reenquinted with various fields of expertese beyond the scope I work in now.

Thematic expertise

  • Human Rights Education
  • Conflict transformation
  • Youth activism and participation
  • Human Rights of Young refugees and Asylum-seekers.
  • Human Rights of Persons with a disability and Inclusive human rights education.
  • Youth training within the context of the conflict in Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories.


  • Training
  • Facilitation
  • Planning and Project Management
  • Organisational development
  • Monitoring and Evaluation