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East Africa Human Rights Program

Equitas and its partners play a key role in providing human rights education training to effect and sustain social change in the region.

With alumni partners from across East Africa, Equitas has developed the 2021 East Africa Human Rights Training Program (EAHRP). The EAHRP would normally bring together participants from across East Africa for two-week learning experience.  However, due to the ongoing challenges around COVID-19, Equitas worked with partners to implement National Training Sessions in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda respectively. In each country, our implementing partners conduct the trainings locally. 

The 2021 National Training Sessions of the EAHRP are being held in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda:

  • Kenya: 14 to 26 February, 2021 with 16 participants coming from across Kenya. Our partner who will implement the trainings in Kenya is Women’s Empowerment Link (WEL). 
  • Tanzania: 7 to 19 March, 2021 with 16 participants coming from across Tanzania. Our partner who will implement the trainings in Tanzania is TUSONGE. 
  • Uganda: 11 to 23 April, 2021 with 16 participants coming from across Uganda. Our partner who will implement the trainings in Uganda is Foundation for Integrated Rural Development (FIRD). 

Equitas, TUSONGE and the EAHRP team take the wellbeing and health of all participants of the 2021 EAHRP seriously and are committed to providing a safe and healthy learning environment. Be assured that as the COVID-19 situation evolves globally, so does our planning regarding the measures that are put in place to safeguard the health and wellbeing of all participants and facilitators. To learn more about the measures taken to ensure the safety of participants, visit this page.

The goal of the EAHRP is to strengthen the capacity of a regional pool of human rights organizations and institutions to use a human rights-based approach (HRBA) to advance gender equality and human rights through human rights education (HRE), with the purpose of building a global culture of human rights. 

To this end, the program places a strong emphasis on the transfer of learning and on follow-up activities. Participants attending the program develop an Individual Plan for putting their learning into action as part of the training.

For more information on the 2021 National Training Sessions of the EAHRP, you can read the Information Guide below :

 

 

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions about the East Africa Human Rights Program

All relevant information required to complete an application is included the EAHRP 2021 Information Guide.

Below is a list of frequently asked questions and answers about the program and its application process. 

General Information

What is the EAHRP?

The East Africa Human Rights Program (EAHRP) is a human rights education initiative of alumni of Equitas’ annual International Human Rights Training Program from the East African region and alumni of the East Africa Human Rights program in partnership with Equitas – International Centre for Human Rights Education based in Montreal, Canada. The EAHRP arose out of the realization of the need to expand opportunities for more human rights workers operating at national and community levels seeking to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to carry out their work more effectively but who were not able to secure opportunities to attend the annual International Human Rights Training Program (IHRTP) organized by Equitas in Canada. 

For whom is this program designed?

The EAHRP is primarily designed for representatives of non-governmental human rights organizations (NGOs, communitybased organizations, youth or selfhelp groups) who have undertaken some human rights education training activities.

Organizations which nominate candidates must: 

  • have a demonstrated commitment to the protection and promotion of human rights 
  • have a track record for mobilization and effective action 
  • be involved in human rights education activities such as training sessions, workshops, public awareness campaigns, advocacy, monitoring 
  • be committed to providing opportunities for individuals to apply the knowledge and skills gained in the program within the organization or community 

In which language does the program take place?

The EAHRP requires participants to actively engage in group work and read extensively. Therefore, all participants must be fluent in reading and writing in English.

What are the objectives of the EAHRP?

By the end of the training, participants should be able to:

  • use a framework based on regionally and internationally accepted human rights standards and principles to analyze the issues and situations encountered in their work and that of their organization 
  • identify ways in which human rights education can increase the effectiveness of their human rights work  
  • integrate a participatory approach into their human rights and human rights education work  
  • incorporate a human rights-based approach and a gender perspective in their human rights and human rights education work  
  • determine strategies for promoting gender equality in their human rights education work 
  • employ a basic evaluation process for assessing the results of their human rights education work  
  • explore networking opportunities essential for furthering the cause of human rights  
  • indicate appropriate ways for putting their learning from the EAHRP into practice in the work of their organizations 

Application Process

The application process is currently closed. This section will be updated when the application for the next EAHRP will be open.  

Profiles of Candidates

The application process is currently closed. We will update this section when the application for the 2022 EAHRP will be open. 

*For any questions concerning the EAHRP, please email eahrp2021[at]equitas.org. 

About the EAHRP

The East Africa Human Rights Program (EAHRP) is the human rights education initiative of alumni of Equitas’ International Human Rights Training Program from the East African region and alumni of the East Africa Human Rights Program. The EAHRP arose out of the realization of the need to expand opportunities for more human rights workers operating at national and community levels seeking to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to carry out their work more effectively but who were not able to attend Equitas’ annual International Human Rights Training Program held in in Canada.

The EAHRP is a regional training program which provides a unique opportunity for human rights workers, defenders, activists and educators to deepen their understanding of human rights and the essential role of human rights education in effecting and sustaining social change. 

The program’s participatory methodology provides a framework for the sharing of expertise, experience and reflection among a tremendously diverse group of participants, facilitators and highly qualified resource persons.

“Everybody participates. Everybody learns. Everybody can make a difference”
Vincenza Nazzari, Director of Education, Equitas.

The program contributes to networking at both the national and regional levels and to developing collaborative partnerships among representatives of civil society, national human rights institutions, regional, and international organisations, and governments.

 

Since the inception of the EAHRP, we have:

  • developed a “home-grown” human rights training and education curriculum based on relevant regional human rights issues and concern;
  • established a pool of core human rights training facilitators with demonstrated commitment to the cause of establishing a culture of human rights in the region.

Past Sessions

2017 EAHRP Session

The 2017 East Africa Human Rights Program (EAHRP) took place from October 15 -27.  The EAHRP is a regional training program targeting participants from East African countries. In its 5th rendition, the two-week training session brought together thirty-five human rights workers and educators from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, along with an experienced team of facilitators. Hosted by TUSONGE Community Development Organization, the training provided a unique opportunity for human rights workers, defenders, activists and educators to deepen their understanding of human rights and the essential role of human rights education in effecting and sustaining social change.

EAHRP 2017 Participants Manual

EAHRP 2017 Final Evaluation Report

Program Brochure

EAHRP PAGER

Our partners

The East Africa Human Rights Training Program is funded by

the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada.

INFORMATION

Chris Bradley
Program Officer, Equitas
cbradley[at]equitas.org
514 954-0382 #222

 

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