21st Annual International Human Rights Training (Montreal, June 11-30)


Dear list-serve members,

It is with great pleasure that we announce the 21st session of our
International Human Rights Training Program (IHRTP), to be held in Montreal
from June 11-30, 2000. The Application Form can be found at our web site:
http://www.chrf.ca/english/programmes_eng/files/ihrt.htm. If you don't have
access to the Web, please contact <lawrence@chrf.ca> and we will send you
the form via e-mail (in Rich Text Format).

In addition to the Program content, the IHRTP provides rich opportunities
for networking and partnership activities.

We would appreciate it if you would recommend our Program to other human
rights or community-based organizations who could benefit from the
training.  Completed applications are due by February 15, 2000.

Detailed information about the Canadian Human Rights Foundation, the IHRTP
and our regional programming may be also be found on our website:

If you have specific questions, please contact us at the numbers below or 
by email at: <lawrence@chrf.ca>.

Yours sincerely,

Lawrence Lefcort
IHRTP Coordinator

Canadian Human Rights Foundation
1425  boul Rene Levesque West
Montreal, H3G 1T7
Telephone (514) 954-0382
Fax (514) 954-0659
Email: lawrence@chrf.ca


The International Human Rights Training Program (IHRTP) is at the heart of
CHRF's activities.  Now in its 21st year, this annual intensive
three-week training session brings together over 100 participants from
about 50 countries.  The IHRTP provides a unique opportunity for human
rights workers from different cultures to deepen their understanding of
human rights and  acquire tools that they can use for effecting change and
supporting their organizational goals.

The IHRTP is an intermediate-level program designed for individuals who
have at least 2 years experience in the field of human rights.  Potential
candidates should have a basic understanding of human rights principles
and issues as well as a familiarity with international human rights
instruments.  The IHRTP focuses on human rights law, current human rights
issues and human rights education techniques.   Participants will benefit
from intercultural perspectives by working in small groups with
participants from diverse backgrounds.

Program Objectives:

- to enable participants to gain a deeper understanding of human rights
principles and values and their interrelationships

- to facilitate networking and partnership activities essential to
furthering the cause of human rights

- to provide participants with strategies and techniques for
retransmitting (within their own organizations and to the community at
large) the knowledge and skills acquired during the program

Curriculum Model:

The curriculum model of the IHRTP is based on the principles of adult
experiential learning, where participants and facilitators engage in a
process of mutual teaching, learning and understanding.   The content of
the course builds on the participants' experiences.  The program serves
as the framework for drawing out this content.

Participants are divided into eight groups (up to 15 people).  The aim in
composition of the groups is maximum diversity in terms of professional
background, type of organization, and country of origin.  Each group is
assigned a facilitator whose role is to ensure that Program objectives are
met. Facilitators are chosen for their ability to effectively assist the
learning process, their knowledge of human rights, their experience with
adult education techniques and in working with diverse groups.  In
addition to the small group work, the Program provides the participant
with access to recognized human rights experts through plenary
presentations and panel discussions.

Program Content and Outline: The Learning Path:

The Program follows an overall learning path composed of eight Streams.
The goals of each Stream are described below.

Week 1

Stream 1: Introductions

To introduce participants to each other and to the IHRTP content and

Stream 2: Seeking Common Ground

To clarify participants' values and explore the human rights debate
regarding cultural relativism versus universality.

Stream 3: The Global Economy and Human Rights

To help participants examine their role as human rights workers in the
context of a global economy.

Stream 4: International Human Rights

To give participants hands-on experience with international human
rights standards and tools and to explore the potential usefulness of
these instruments in their daily work.

Week 2

Stream 5:  Capacity and Institution Building

To provide participants with methods and insights by which to improve
the effectiveness and efficiency of their organizations within their
specific social, political and economic context.

Stream 6: Regional Workshops

To provide participants from the same geographic region the
opportunity to work together in order to identify and analyze key human
rights issues in the region and to develop strategies for on-going work
related to these issues at the regional level.

Stream 7: Human Rights Education

To examine the application of popular education principles and methods
in the field of human rights and to plan a popular education activity.

Week 3

Stream 8: Pandora - Final Case Simulation

Participants work through an extensive simulation, designed to
strengthen their program development capacity in the area of human rights.
This simulation synthesizes the activities of the previous Streams.

Information about the selection process and selection criteria may be
found on our web site: http://www.chrf.ca/

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