CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR DISTANCE EDUCATION COURSE ORGANISED BY HREA HREA has been extremely pleased with the interest and participation in the distance learning courses offered in 2002: "Research & Evaluation in the Human Rights Field", "Human Rights Advocacy", "Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for Human Rights Work" and "Human Rights Monitoring". I am happy to announce the first distance learning course that will be offered in 2003, on Human Rights Advocacy. Please note that there is now also the possibility to audit the course. Auditors will: receive the course materials; read the weekly facilitator message; follow the course discussions, exercises and assignments. Auditors will not: be entitled to participate in the course discussion, exercises or assignments; receive a Certificate of Participation. The registration deadline for this course is 1 January 2003. Scholarships are available. If, after reading the announcement below, you have any further questions about the content of the course or the application process, please write to: <email@example.com>. Best wishes, Felisa Tibbitts Director, HREA ---------------------------------- HREA Distance Learning Course 2E03: HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCACY 17 February - 11 May 2003 Instructor: Dr. Valerie Miller This distance learning course provides human rights activists with a range of proven human rights advocacy methods and critical concepts as a means for them to reflect on and deepen their own work. The course will look at the theoretical foundations and critical issues of human rights advocacy, elements of advocacy planning, and strategies for action. In this course, participants should deepen their knowledge about advocacy and its relationship to: Politics and Democracy; Citizenship and Rights; Power, Empowerment and Citizen Education and Action. Participants will gain basic skills and knowledge in: visioning; contextual analysis; problem/issue identification; analysis and prioritisation; power mapping; goal/objective setting; analysis of advocacy arenas and strategies; message development, reports and media; public outreach and mobilisation; lobbying and negotiation; advocacy leadership and coalition building; and assessment of success. The course involves 60 hours of reading, on-line working groups, interaction with students and instructors/facilitators and assignments, and is offered over a 12-week period, beginning on 17 February 2003. E-mail will be the main medium for the course, although participants will need to have periodic access to the Web (part of the readings/assignment will be distributed via CD-ROM). The course is based on a participatory, active learning approach, with an emphasis on peer-to-peer learning. Participants will do the required readings, prepare interim and final assignments and participate in group discussions. The main course text will be "A New Weave of Power, People, and Politics: An Action Guide for Advocacy and Citizen Participation" (World Neighbors, 2002), by Lisa VeneKlasen and Valerie Miller. The maximum number of course participants is 25. It is also possible to be an auditor of the course. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Participation. COURSE OUTLINE Weeks 1-3: Conceptual Foundations and Critical Issues Week 1: Politics, Advocacy, Democracy, Rights and Citizenship Week 2: Power, Empowerment and Citizen Education and Engagement Week 3: Advocacy Effectiveness: Factors and Measures of Success Weeks 4-7: Elements of Advocacy Planning Week 4: Overview of Planning; Analysis of Political and Social Context Week 5: Identification, Analysis and Definition of Problems; Selection of Priority Issues Week 6: Analysis of Political Arenas and Advocacy Strategies; Selection of Policy Hooks and Angles Week 7: Analysis of Forces, Friends and Foes; Review and Readjustment of Strategies Weeks 8-12: Doing Advocacy: Strategies for Action Week 8: Messages, Reports and Media Week 9: Public Outreach and Mobilization Week 10: Lobbying and Negotiation; Advocacy Leadership and Coalitions Week 11: National and Local Cases (and links between) Week 12: International Cases (and linking Global, National and Local) ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR Valerie Miller has worked in advocacy, international development, gender and human rights for more than 30 years. She has collaborated with grassroots organisations, NGOs, and international agencies in many capacities -- as an organiser, trainer, advocate, evaluator, and researcher. Over the past 15 years, she has been policy advocacy director at Oxfam America, director of policy and exchange programs at the Institute for Development Research, and advisor and associate of a wide variety of organisations including the Global Women in Politics Program; Women, Law and Development International; and the Highlander Center. She has taught courses on advocacy under the auspices of the University of Brasilia and New Hampshire University. Dr. Miller holds a doctorate in adult education and she has published numerous articles and books on issues of advocacy, development, education, and politics. ABOUT HREA's DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAMME HREA's Distance Learning Programme (DLP) was initiated in 2000 in response to an unaddressed need for the continuing education of human rights professionals and practitioners. The programme builds on HREA's extensive experience in both the training of professionals (teachers, advocates, law schools) and the use of the new information technologies to provide resources and to network human rights advocates and educators. By offering short, practical yet specialised courses via distance learning barriers that prevent many practitioners from participating in continuing education, such as a lack of time and/or lack of funds to travel to regional or national workshops/trainings, can be overcome. HREA annually organises distance learning courses on human rights monitoring; research & evaluation in the human rights field; programme development and management; use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for human rights work; new developments in international human rights law; NGO management; and human rights advocacy (in English and Russian). For more information about the DLP, please visit: http://www.hrea.org/dlp/ Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) is an international non-governmental organisation that supports human rights learning; the training of activists and professionals; the development of educational materials and programming; and community-building through on-line technologies. HREA works in partnership with education agencies, NGOs, governments and inter-governmental organisations to implement training programmes for teachers, NGO staff, jurists and other professionals involved in human rights work. Current and past partners include, inter alia, Amnesty International, the Constitutional Legal Policy Institute (COLPI), Council of Europe, Croatian Ministry of Education, HURIDOCS, the Inter-American Institute for Human Rights, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, University of Minnesota Human Rights Center and UNESCO. HREA is registered as a non-profit organisation in the Netherlands and the USA. More information on HREA can be found at: http://www.hrea.org WHO SHOULD APPLY The course is intended for staff members of human rights/social justice organisations. Candidates should have a good written command of English and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use. HREA aims to ensure equal gender and geographical distribution across the selected participants. COSTS The course tuition fee is US$ 455. Tuition for auditors is $ 200. Scholarships are available for applicants from Africa, Asia-Pacific, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America/Caribbean. APPLICATIONS Further information about the course and application forms (in Word and PDF) can be downloaded at: http://www.hrea.org/courses/2E.html Applications need to be submitted by 1 January 2003. Successful applicants will be notified by 10 January 2003. Full tuition payment is due on 7 February 2003. Inquiries about the course can be sent to <firstname.lastname@example.org>. ======== Global Human Rights Education listserv ======== Send mail intended for the list to <email@example.com>. Archives of the list can be found at: http://www.hrea.org/lists/hr-education/markup/maillist.php If you have problems (un)subscribing, contact <firstname.lastname@example.org>. **You are welcome to reprint, copy, archive, quote or re-post this item, but please retain the original and listserv source.
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