Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Call for expression of interest for National and Regional Training Courses in Human Rights Education

The Council of Europe is launching a call for applications to the National Regional Training Courses on Human Rights Education for 2010.

You can find more information about the programme priorities and activities run by the Directorate of Youth and Sport on http://www.coe.int/youth

More information on the Human Rights Education Programme is available on http://www.coe.int/hre.

For additional information on the European Youth Foundation and possibilities for funding, please refer to http://www.eyf.coe.int/fej.

More information on the National and Regional Training Courses in Human Rights Education and expression of interest are available at: English: http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/youth/default_en.asp French: http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/youth/default_FR.asp

Please note that the deadline for applications is the 26th January 2010, the courses should be held between 15 March and 15 December 2010.

All applications should be sent to Nina Kapoor: Nina.Kapoor@coe.int In case of questions concerning the courses, you can contact Nadine Lyamouri-Bajja (nadine.lyamouri-bajja@coe.int) or Nina Kapoor.

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National and Regional Training Courses in Human Rights Education

The Directorate of Youth and Sport of the Council of Europe has been running a Youth Programme on Human Rights Education since the year 2000, aiming to bring human rights issues in the mainstream of youth work practice. This programme has been designed to achieve wide synergies in the Council of Europe member states and beyond. It has been centred on Compass, the manual on human rights education with young people, which is now translated in 27 languages.

As from 2010, the Youth Programme on Human Rights and Democracy: youth policy and youth work promoting the Council of Europe's core values, will place a special emphasis on: - Human rights education - Youth participation, democratic citizenship and the development of youth work and youth organisations - Promoting gender equality through youth policy and youth work - Environment and sustainable development - Youth information and counselling

In order to support the setting up an implementation of national projects and programme for human rights education and the dissemination of COMPASS at national and local level, the Directorate of Youth and Sport supports the organisation of National and Regional Training Courses in Human Rights Education. These courses are means to introduce trainers, facilitators, youth workers and youth leaders as well as teachers to human rights education approaches and methodologies and, consequently, mainstream human rights education in non-formal and formal education with young people. The courses should also result in or contribute to the creation and strengthening of formal and informal networks for human rights education at national and regional level.

National networks have thus been created in, for example, Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, Lebanon, Poland and Portugal.

The Directorate of Youth and Sport of the Council of Europe has resources to support five or six such courses again in 2010 and is now looking for partners interested in co-organising such activities. Expressions of interest should be presented following the criteria and procedures outlined below.

Conditions and Criteria for National and Regional Training Courses in Human Rights Education in 2010

1. Eligible partners and priority criteria

Expressions of interest are welcome from non-governmental youth organisations and/or other non-governmental and governmental organisations and institutions involved in human rights education with young people.
Priority will be given to applications that: - Are organised in co-operation between two or more partner organisations; - Are being held in countries where newly published translations of COMPASS can be introduced to key multipliers (e.g. trainers, youth leaders involved in programme implementation and/or policy development); - Are being held in countries where no national training course in human rights education has been organised yet ; - Foster co-operation between the non-formal and formal educational sectors.

2. Objectives and format of the courses

- All the training courses must aim at training key multipliers (youth leaders, trainers, youth workers, teachers, teachers' trainers) in developing human rights education activities with and for young people;
- All courses should be based on the methodologies and approaches present in COMPASS and seek to develop participants competences in HRE;
- The courses should seek to bring together "key multipliers" of the country or region concerned, committed to carry out further activities and projects in human rights education with young people;
- Participants must come from a diversity of organisations and institutions concerned with human rights education and youth work.
- The organisers should pay particular attention at reaching and involving the social and cultural diversity in society, including various minorities and frequently discriminated groups in society; - The organisers should strive to recruit a group with equal representation of both sexes;
- The group of participants should represent a good geographical balance of the country or region addressed;
- The duration of the course, the number and profile of the participants should be consistent with the programme and the specific objectives of the course. The courses should be held for a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 40 participants, and have a minimum of 4 days duration;
- The courses should be held between 15 March and 15 December 2010.

3. The course organisers are expected to:

- Define the objectives for the course in the specific context of the country/countries of the participants;
- Prepare, run and evaluate the course with a competent team of trainers and organisers;
- Provide the necessary infrastructure for a residential training course using participatory educational methodologies;
- Include, when appropriate, in the team of trainers one or more trainers who have participated in one of the "Training of Trainers in Human Rights Education" courses organised by the Directorate of Youth and Sport;
- Consult and coordinate with the publishers of COMPASS translations where appropriate.

4. The Directorate of Youth and Sport may support the courses by providing:

* Educational support and advice
- Recommend or nominate trainer(s) with specialised experience in the field to support the national preparatory group in the programme development;
- Assist in designing the training course to the specific situation of the organising country/countries. and/or
* Financial assistance to:
- Contribute to costs for board and lodging;
- Cover the travel costs of possible international participants;
- Cover local travel costs;
- Cover the fees and expenses of trainers nominated by the Directorate of Youth and Sport; - Cover interpretation costs, if necessary and justified; and/or
* Institutional /educational support
- Recommendation letters to potential funding organisations
- Official Council of Europe representation at parts of the training course programme;
- Publicity of the training course at the Council of Europe website by including the course as an activity in the official programme of activities of the Directorate of Youth and Sport;
- Authorisation for the organisers to use the logos of the Council of Europe for the activity.
Interested partners are advised to specify their needs and expectations for assistance from the Council of Europe in the application form.

5. Selection procedure and deadlines

All expressions of interest must be sent to the Directorate of Youth and Sport by email, post or fax before 26th January 2010. All forms for expression of interest, including those receiving support, will receive a response by the secretariat by the 15th February 2010.

6. More information and Expression of Interest

English: http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/youth/default_en.asp
French: http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/youth/default_FR.asp