In many countries, the human rights movement is confronted with a challenge, which is to recruit a new generation of young volunteers who are conscious of their responsibilities and involve them in the defense of human rights.
The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) is a network of 84 human rights organizations, institutions and individuals based in 30 countries in the Euro-Mediterranean region, which has been established in 1997 in response to the Barcelona Declaration. The EMHRN promotes networking, cooperation and development of partnerships between human rights NGOs, activists and wider civil society in the Euro-Mediterranean region.
The “2007 Summer School” will be held in Limassol, Cyprus from the 23rd to the 29th of July 2007. It is a key project for the EMHRN funded by DANIDA with leading NGOs working in the field of Human Rights Education. The focus will be on methodologies, so as to facilitate human rights learning in youth related environments in the formal and informal sectors. The participants will be those who work with youth on a regular basis – though not necessarily in human rights learning. The added value will be in bringing together those who are within and those who are not within the Human Rights community in the Euromed region.
Designed as training for trainers, the Summer School aims at promoting the dissemination of Human Rights culture and human rights values through active education activities addressing young people in the Euromed region. It seeks to empower those who work with youth with the tools and the ideas behind human rights learning on a number of levels.
The last overall aim of the Summer School is to provide an opportunity to build a sustainable network in the field of Human Rights Education in the Euromed.
1. Objectives of the Summer School
The summer school aims at:
Creating and building a better understanding of Human Rights Education among participants in an engaging and empowering manner.
Providing resources and materials for use by participants during and after the Summer School with a focus on the Euromed region and its human rights mechanisms.
Exploring human rights education methodologies and tools to be developed and delivered at a regional and local level within the Euromed region.
Facilitating the development of personal action plans.
It also intends to:
Support capacity building in human rights education on organizational and personal levels and to foster greater understanding and delivery of human rights education activities organizationally, personally and within the Network as a whole.
Share ideas and methodologies used in human rights education for the purposes of promoting and delivering human rights values and human rights education approaches in the Euromed region.
Explore ways of co-operation within the field of human right education in the Euromed region, following the outcomes of the Summer School.
2. Participants: assortment criteria
The summer school addresses a wide range of individuals but will be mainly focusing on young defenders of human rights and also members of NGOs working with young people.
Three criteria are obligatory:
• The participants’ age must be between 18-35 years.
• They must be competent in at least one of two languages: English and Arabic.
• They must have been active in human rights NGO/ CSO working with youth.
Other valuable criteria for the selection of the candidates:
Teachers who are inclined to work on human rights related issues – civics, history, social science, literature – that is, those who have a potential to integrate human rights learning in their regular teaching.
Teachers who are involved in extra curriculum activities which have a human rights connection.
Trainers in human rights education from EMHRN member NGOs.
Individuals working with youth groups.
Members/guides/counsellors in Human Rights NGOs.
Members/guides/counsellors within youth NGOs.
Those who train teachers and possess the above characteristics.
Individuals working in Human Rights Education:
Involved with EMHRN member organizations.
Involved with non-EMHRN member Human Rights NGOs.
Involved in non-human rights organizations but with potential for human rights work/involvement such as a public or private school, a youth organization or an academic institution.
Individuals with a demonstrable Human Rights interest / experience / knowledge.
A minimum familiarity is necessary.
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