Training Seminars Overview
EIUC’s expertise in providing advanced human rights educational programmes has brought the organisation, over the years, to develop specialised training courses aimed at forming human rights practitioners on ad hoc human rights and democratisation topics, and on specific human rights and democratisation skills/competences.
This development is based on the assumption that the training component is an essential feature of EIUC’s strategy to form human rights professionals. It also relies on the training resources of EIUC’s vast network of academics and practitioners drawn from almost 100 associated universities (E.MA and Global Campus partner universities) and major partner IGOs and NGOs. Most experts belonging to EIUC’s pool are in fact concrete examples of how theoretical and practical knowledge in human rights are effectively combined being at the same time renown scholars and human rights professionals involved in field work, officials employed by public institutions implementing human rights policies in respective countries or at the global level, development cooperation consultants, etc.
The training courses organised by EIUC may vary in terms of typology (training for trainers, workshops, professional trainings), topics (EU or UN priority areas of HR concern, training courses with a specific regional or country focus), or targets (EU officials, electoral observers, young leaders, delegations from specific Ministries of Foreign Affairs). The organisation modalities of the trainings offered may also include courses co-organised with partner universities or other institutions, managed by EIUC on behalf of specific sponsors, or simply hosted by EIUC at its premises.
EIUC's approach to training
In structuring its training offer, EIUC pays constant attention to three main issues:
- EU policies and guidelines in relation to human rights;
- new human rights issues and topics which are evolving and may not have been addressed yet;
- the requests coming from its partners and alumni.
These requisites may lead to future regular series which are particularly relevant to the current debate on the protection of human rights, as well as to its concrete implementation, or may remain a one-time training course. The current topics which may be repeated into a series of trainings are:
- human rights field work
- the rights-based approach to development cooperation;
- human rights and diplomacy;
- human rights perspectives to environmental issues;
- juridical mechanisms offered by the European Convention of Human Rights.
- international electoral observation missions;
EIUC training seminars are addressed to a large public which, depending on the specific course, range from young graduates and activists to already established professionals. The seminars are also addressed to participants in previous educational activities organised by EIUC wishing to deepen their competences or acquire specific complementary skills to the HR knowledge already acquired (e.g. graduates of the European Master’s Programme on Human Rights and Democratisation - E.MA and of the Regional Master’s Programmes on Human Rights and Democratisation members of the Global Campus).
EIUC believes that education theory, participatory approaches, skill building, attention to local concerns and support of peer-to-peer learning are necessary elements of any human rights training programme. EIUC therefore makes use of a variety of pedagogic tools all placing great emphasis on active learning and interaction among trainers and participants. These involve: lectures, presentations and panel discussions, group work, case studies, problem-solving/brainstorming, simulation/role-playing, practical exercises, and other ad hoc training techniques. In addition to this EIUC makes use of an e-learning platform (CANVAS) which facilitates participants’ preparation for the courses by sharing relevant didactic and scientific materials as well as practical information.
EIUC training series aims at transferring specific skills and competences to its participants. Such skills differ largely depending on thematic focus of the course, but there is a core set of competences which can be identified as relevant to human rights professionals, and which EIUC is focusing on in its offer:
HR-trained professionals should be able to:
- Analyse political, legal, economic, cultural and social processes from a human rights perspective;
- Identify important human rights issues and violations, including their causes and consequences;
- Identify the individual and collective benefits of human rights when realized;
- Be able to make use and refer to international human rights standard;
- Analyse relationships among different actors and stake-holders in the respect of human rights;
- Identify and assess information sources on human rights, acquire monitoring and reporting skills;
- Analyse appropriate and effective action on behalf of human rights.