The EAHRP normally brings together participants from across East Africa for a two-week learning experience. However, due to the ongoing challenges around COVID-19, Equitas works with partners to implement National Training Sessions in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda respectively for the 2022 EAHRP:
Equitas and the EAHRP team take the wellbeing and health of all participants of the 2022 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 any questions about the EAHRP, please email eahrp2022[at]equitas.org.
All relevant information required to complete an application is included in the EAHRP 2022 Information Guide.
Below is a list of frequently asked questions and answers about the program and its application process.
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, community–based organizations, youth or self–help groups) who have undertaken some human rights education training activities.
Organizations which nominate candidates must:
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:
What documents must I provide?
How can I apply?
What is the deadline for applications?
Fully completed applications should be sent to eahrp2022[at]equitas.org by October 17, 2021.
Candidates from qualifying organizations must:
Please note that whilst someone may apply to both the EAHRP and the Equitas International Human Rights Training Program (IHRTP), they can only participate in one of the Programs.
Participants may come from the following East African countries: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda.
May I apply if I am not affiliated with an organization?
Consideration will also be given to individuals who may not necessarily be associated with an organization but more with community action and mobilization on specific issues. The individual will still be expected to meet the above requirements from a community perspective. Further, in a limited number of cases, consideration will also be given to individuals affiliated with other types of organizations involved in human rights education and corresponding to the above profile, such as educational institutions.
Who must sign the Memorandum of Agreement if I am the director of my organization?
If you are the director of your organization, your Memorandum of Agreement must be signed by the president of your organization’s Board of directors.
Who must sign the Memorandum of Agreement if I do not work for an organization?
If you do not work for an organization and thus are unable to complete the Memorandum of Agreement, we require that you write a separate letter explaining how you plan to make use of your EAHRP training in an individual work plan. The individual work plan is an exercise that invites you to think about how you will include knowledge and skills acquired during the EAHRP to your human rights education work.
A Selection Committee, made up of EAHRP alumni and Equitas, will review all applications. In addition to the requirements previously listed, consideration will also be given to overall gender balance, (dis)ability and geographic representation. Given the number of applications and limited space available, unfortunately not all worthy candidates are accepted. Applicants’ understanding in this matter is greatly appreciated.
Completed applications must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 17, 2021 and all candidates will be notified of the results of the selection by December 5, 2021.
What is the cost of the EAHRP?
The EAHRP participation fee is $3,500 USD. This amount covers tuition, program materials, accommodation, and meals, but does not include travel costs.
Participants are responsible for any extra expenses such as entertainment and meals purchased outside of the cafeteria.
How can I get a bursary?
Through the support of the Government of Canada, there is funding to award a limited number of bursaries to selected regional candidates. A bursary includes full tuition fees (including room and board) for the two-week training program as well as travel expenses. Once eligibility has been determined, the Selection Committee will award the bursaries to the candidates who best meet the requirements. Due to the limited number of bursaries available, there is no guarantee that the selected candidates will receive funding.
*For more information, you can also contact us at eahrp2022[at]equitas.org
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 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.
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.
“The program has enriched my knowledge of human rights from a practical point of view. The participatory approach is one component that stood out for me. I have learned the different techniques such as brainstorming and live story board that I will transfer to my colleagues at work.” – Participant in the EAHRP 2021, Uganda
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.
2021 EAHRP Sessions
With alumni partners from across East Africa, Equitas developed the 2021 East Africa Human Rights Training Program (EAHRP). The EAHRP would normally bring together participants from across East Africa for a 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 conducted the trainings locally.
EAHRP 2021 Participants Manual
EAHRP 2021 Final Evaluation Report
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
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