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.
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. Now 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.
Our work in East Africa is part of Strengthening Human Rights Education Globally, funded by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada (GAC). The Program also receives support from the Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA), UHAI – the East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative (UHAI EASHRI), American Jewish World Service(AJWS) and the Embassy of France to Tanzania.