CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR THE 21st ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS TRAINING PROGRAM (MONTREAL, JUNE 11-30, 2000), ORGANIZED BY THE CANADIAN HUMAN RIGHTS FOUNDATION (CHRF) 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 <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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: http://www.chrf.ca/ If you have specific questions, please contact us at the numbers below or by email at: <email@example.com>. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org THE INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS TRAINING PROGRAM 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 methodology. 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/ ======== Global Human Rights Education listserv ======== Send mail intended for the list to <email@example.com>. 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