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Training Issues among Human Rights NGOs
June 2002 - Marrakech, Morocco    |    other working sessions
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1. Background:

The last years witnessed a development in the importance of human rights education through its implication as a main component in international meetings decisions and programs designed for the coming years in the field of human rights, women’s rights, social development, the protection of the environment and the struggle against discrimination.

In addition, the United Nations dedicated a decade for human rights education aiming at giving the opportunity to the international society, ranging from mechanisms and new resources, to promote awareness of human rights in various countries.

Non Governmental Organizations gave major importance to training as the main activity in human rights education, providing it with financial, organizational and knowledge resources.

Human Rights Education activities are various ( general summer sessions, specialized training sessions and the publication of training and educational guides). A number of categories benefited from these activities (NGOs members, teachers, lawyers, journalists and officers of the executive branch) belonging to different countries with different civilizations and different social and political systems.

A number of issues were raised out of these experiences:

The Arab Institute for Human Rights organized in April 2001 a workshop on training issues. It analyzed and discussed issues related to training goals and mechanisms in the stage of preparation, follow up and  evaluation based on the training screen in Arab countries.

The outcome of this workshop consisted in a number of recommendations, among them the urge of the Arab Institute for Human Rights and other NGOs to take care of the following issues:

Some human rights organizations and experts* organized a consultative meeting before Durban’s World Conference Against Racism, they agreed on the necessity of consolidating efforts and promoting partnership between the institutions which are specialized in education on human rights in different regions of the world.

2. Issues at stake:

In order to further deepen the thinking on “human rights education and training issues among Arab human rights NGOs” the AIHR decided to organize an international workshop in June 2002 on the following issues:

1.      What are the main challenges encountered by Human Rights Education in general and training in particular in the current and the expected situation?

2.      Does training in human rights provide a framework which allows for dealing with different trends of values and cultures from different countries?

3.      What are the different adequate ways for evaluating training and measuring its impact on the performance of organizations working in the field of human rights?

4.      To what extent is training efficient through different methods such as guides and information technology?

5.      To share experience between Arab NGOs and other regions of the world on different problems, challenges and practices in human rights education in general and training in particular

3. Objectives :

3.1. General objective: Study the promotion of the capacities of NGOs in dealing with the current challenges relative to human rights education and training in particular.

3.2. Specific objectives:

            3.2.1. definition of the challenges encountered by Human Rights Education in the current situation

            3.2.2. Evaluation of training activities for NGO and institutions working in the field of human rights and civil action

            3.2.3. exchange of experience on human rights education in general and training in particular

            3.2.4. Situation of the adequate methods for the evaluation of training

            3.2.5. Situation of the most efficient means to measure the impact  of training on human rights

            3.2.6. Situation of the criteria of the efficiency of training means through modern information technology and training guides

4.     General Themes of the Agenda:

  1. General Issues:
  2. Workshops:

a.      Workshops on the general issues of training:

·        The relation between training, research and documentation on human rights

·        General training and specialized training

·        Training for Trainers

·        Training tools

b.      Specific problems for the training process:

·        Needs analyses

·        Content and concepts

·        Evaluation and follow up

·        Measurement of the impact

Plenary sessions and workshops will be based on the practical experiences of the participants.

5.      Participants:

About 30 representatives of human rights NGOs working in the field of education on human rights and experts in training on human rights and some experts in the field of evaluation and measurement of the impact, as well as some experts in training through guides and modern IT.

6.     Place:

Marrakech, Morocco 1- 4 June 2002

* Participants to the consultative meeting: Nancy Flowers, Human Rights expert; Teresa Limpin, Asian Region Resource Center for Human Rights; Abraham Madgendzo Kolestrein, Program for the Investigation on Education; Audrey Osler, Center for Citizenship Studies in Education University of Leicester, Kristi Rudelius-Palmer, University of Minnesota Human Rights Center; Chuck Scott, Sub-Sahara African Regional Resource Center-South Africa; David Mc Quoid-Mason, School of Law, University of Durban South Africa.

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