Call for Applications Distance Education Courses


"Research and Evaluation in the Human Rights Field"
(7 January-5 April 2002)
"Human Rights Advocacy"
(4 February-3 May 2002)

Please find below the announcement of two distance education courses that
HREA will organise during January-May 2002. The courses are part of a pilot
project in which six courses will be developed and offered to human rights
activists and NGO staff via distance learning mechanisms. The project is
generously supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the
Constitutional and Legal Policy Institute (COLPI). Participation is free of

Further details can be found in the announcement and application form below.
Applications forms in Word or PDF format can also be downloaded from:
Please note that the number of participants is limited to 25 for each

Best regards,

Frank Elbers



(7 JANUARY-5 APRIL 2002)

(4 FEBRUARY-3 MAY 2002)

Organised by Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) with financial
support from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Constitutional
Legal Policy Institute (COLPI).

Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) is an a-political,
non-governmental organisation whose main mission is to support efforts
aimed at introducing human rights concepts and values into educational
curricula and teaching practices. HREA is dedicated to quality education
and training to promote understanding, attitudes and actions to protect
human rights, and to foster the development of peaceable, free and just
communities. 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, the Constitutional Legal Policy Institute (COLPI), Council of Europe,
Croatian Ministry of Education, HURIDOCS, the Office of the High
Commissioner for Human Rights and UNESCO. HREA is registered as a
non-profit organisation in the Netherlands and the USA. More information on
HREA can be found at:

HREA intends to offer short, specialised courses for human rights workers
via distance education. In the next two years HREA will offer six courses
as part of a pilot project to develop a distance learning institute for
human rights professionals. With the generous financial support from the
Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Constitutional Legal Policy
Institute (COLPI), HREA is able to offer these pilot courses free of
charge. The first two courses that will be organised are:

* Evaluation and Research in the Human Rights Field (7 January-5 April 2002)
Instructor/facilitator: Felisa Tibbitts, Director HREA

* Human Rights Advocacy (4 February-3 May 2002)
Instructor/facilitator: Yonko Grozev, Vice Chairman Bulgarian Helsinki

Other courses that will be offered in 2002 and 2003 are: The Basics of
Training; New Developments in International Human Rights Law; Programme
Development; Conflict Mediation & Transformation; and Human Rights Advocacy
(in Russian). The course topics were determined on the basis of a global
survey administered in December 2000 to which over 1,000 human rights
activists and educators responded.

Human rights workers often find themselves leading departments or
organisations, when they have had no special training in management or
project administration. Staff members of human rights organisations are
hard pressed to stay current on special topics in the human rights field.
In general, there is little formal training that can prepare human rights
workers for the practical challenges they face in their work. This is also
a dilemma faced by managers of non-governmental organisations worldwide.
Currently, many one-week or multi-week summer courses and trainings are
available for human rights workers. However, existing courses usually focus
on the various systems of human rights protection. Many other practical and
specialised human rights topics are unaddressed. Moreover, such
international summer courses require extended travel and significant funds
from participants, thus limiting participation in the courses to the
fortunate few.

Offering human rights professionals short, specialised courses via the
Internet should overcome some of the barriers that prevent many from
participating in continuing education such as a lack of time and/or lack of
funds to travel to regional or national workshops/trainings. Overall goal
is to strengthen the capacity of human rights NGOs.

The courses encompass a total of 60 hours of reading, on-line working
groups, interaction with students and instructors/facilitators and
assignments, and will be offered over a three-month period. Instructors are
highly experienced practitioners from human rights organisations from
around the world. E-mail will be the main medium for the courses.

The courses are based on a participatory, active learning approach, with an
emphasis on peer-to-peer learning. The courses are non-academic, although
it is expected that participants will have (advanced) degrees in certain
fields before they became practitioners. The courses are part of a pilot
project to explore the the possibilities of distance education for human
rights professionals; they are currently not accredited.


Human rights activists and educators will be introduced to the fundamentals
of research design, qualitative and quantitative methods, data collection
and applications for improving programming. Learners will participate in
exercises to develop basic research skills, analyse research studies, and
will practise designing a research or evaluation project. Course
participants will also become better "consumers" of such studies.
Participants are encouraged to come to the course with a research or
evaluation project idea that can be developed within the course.

Course outline
Week 1. Introduction of participants, logistics and familiarising with
Week 2. Introduction to research purposes and application in the human
rights field
Week 3. Overview of research methods
Week 4. Analysis of cases
Week 5. Survey design
Week 6. Statistical and quantitative measurement
Week 7. Observations and the use of artifacts
Week 8. Interviewing process
Week 9. Qualitative analysis
Week 10. Research/instrument design
Week 11. Presenting research results
Week 12. Managing the research/evaluation process
Final assignments due by Week 15.


Human rights activists will be introduced to proven methods of advocating
human rights at the local, national, regional and international levels.
Students will become equipped with the skills and tools to design and
implement effective advocacy campaigns. Participants are expected to come
to the course with ideas about advocacy projects that they would like to
implement with their organisation. In addition to the required reading,
interim and final assignments and group discussions, there will be
presentations by representatives of international and regional human rights
organisations (e.g. Amnesty International, International Helsinki
Federation for Human Rights).

Course outline
Week 1. Introduction of participants, logistics and familiarising with
Week 2. Introduction to approaches to and methods of advocacy
Week 3. Identifying policy issues and selecting an advocacy objective
Week 4. Developing and delivering advocacy messages
Week 5. Building alliances
Week 6. Effective presentations and means of dissemination; designing a
Week 7. Case study 1: using international fora and mechanisms
Week 8. Continuation case study 1
Week 9. Case study 2: advocacy in a national context
Week 10. Continuation case study 2
Week 11. Presentation of cases by participants
Week 12. Presentation of cases by participants
Final assignments due by Week 15.

Felisa Tibbitts -- is Director of Human Rights Education Associates (HREA).
Ms. Tibbitts has Master's degrees from Harvard University in Public Policy
and in Education with a specialisation in research methods. She has worked
as an evaluator and researcher in the United States, Europe and Asia since
1989, where she has been involved in classroom-based research, needs
assessment, programme evaluation, training and workshop evaluation, and
assessment design. Ms. Tibbitts' clients have included the Ford Foundation,
the National Science Foundation, the Annenberg Foundation, the University
of Maryland and SIDA. She has published extensively, and contributed to
several evaluation guides, including "Evaluation in the Human Rights
Education Field: Getting Started" (1997, second edition is forthcoming in

Yonko Grozev -- is Vice Chairman and Head of the Legal Department of the
Bulgarian Helsinki Committee, a member organisation of the International
Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF). Mr. Grozev studied law at Sofia
University, which he graduated in 1991 and at Harvard Law School, where he
graduated an LL.M programme in 1995. He has been a member of the Sofia Bar
Association since 1993. Since 1995 he is also a guest lecturer at Sofia
University, where he teaches a class on International Human Rights Law. He
has participated as a trainer in human rights training programmes for
practicing lawyers in Bulgaria, Georgia, the Netherlands, Russia and
Ukraine. Mr. Grozev is actively engaged in human rights litigation, both in
Bulgaria and before the European Court of Human Rights. Mr. Grozev had
published academic and press articles on freedom of expression, criminal
justice, privacy, police and human rights.

The courses are intended for staff members of human rights/social justice
organisations. Participants should have a good written command of English
(any proof, e.g. certificate, diploma of English language proficiency
should be enclosed with the application) and have high competence and
comfort with computer and Internet use. The number of participants is
limited to 25 per course. HREA aims to ensure equal gender and geographical
distribution across the selected participants.

Participants are requested to send:
- a copy of their CV (2-3 pages)
- a completed Application Form (see below)
- two letters of recommendation
- a cover letter stating their motivation for participating and personal
goals in the course

The application has to be submitted no later than Wednesday, 7 November
2001. Applications can be sent either via e-mail ( or
fax (+1 617 249-0278). All decisions on applications will be made by HREA's
International Advisory Committee. Applicants who have been selected will be
notified by 21 December 2001.


(This form can also be downloaded in Word format from:

Please indicate which course you are applying for (by putting an X in front
of the course name):

[   ] Research and Evaluation in the Human Rights Field
(7 January-5 April 2002; instructor: Felisa Tibbitts, HREA)

[   ] Human Rights Advocacy
(4 February-3 May 2002; instructor: Yonko Grozev, Bulgarian Helsinki Committee)

Last name(s):

First name(s):

Name of organisation:

Position within organisation:

Full address of the organisation (incl. e-mail address):

Date of birth:
Present citizenship:

Permanent address:


Also include with this application the following documents (incomplete
applications will not be taken into consideration):

* CURRICULUM VITAE (maximum three pages): listing your education (degrees,
etc.); your work experience (organisations you work(ed) for, projects you
were involved in); and, if applicable, a list of publications.

* LETTER OF INTENT (a minimum of two pages, maximum of three pages):
1. Briefly describe your work and your position and responsibilities within
your organisation.
2. Explain why you want to acquire further skills in research & evaluation
or human rights advocacy.
3. Explain how you think you will apply the acquired skills and knowledge
of this course in your work.
4. Describe what experience, qualities and skills you will contribute as an
active participant of the course.

Two signed letters of recommendation should accompany the application and
should comment on your professional experiences, capabilities and interests
as these relate to the course. One letter should come from the Director or
Chair of your organisation and clearly state your position and
responsibilities. The second letter should come from someone outside the
organisation who is familiar with your work. Both letters should include
contact information.


Deadline of application: 7 November 2001. All applications should be sent
to <> (e-mail) or +1 617 249-0278 (fax).

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