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					            2010 International Human Rights Training Program (IHRTP)
                                         Program Information
                                           June 6 – June 25, 2010
                                              Montreal, Canada
                         International Application deadline: November 21st, 2009
        Application deadline for Canadian residents and citizens March 31st, 2010

The International Human Rights Training                       Program. (See Individual Plan section below for
Program                                                       some examples)
The International Human Rights Training                       Program Objectives
Program (IHRTP) is at the heart of Equitas’
                                                              By the end of the IHRTP, participants should be
activities. Now in its 31st year, this annual three-
                                                              able to:
week education event brings together over 120
participants from approximately 60 countries. The                   use a framework based on internationally
IHRTP is an intermediate-level program. It                          accepted human rights standards and
provides a unique opportunity for human rights                      principles to analyze the issues and situations
workers and educators to deepen their                               encountered in the work of their organizations
understanding of human rights and of the
essential role of human rights education in                         determine how to incorporate participatory
effecting social change.                                            methods and techniques into their human
                                                                    rights education work
The IHRTP is an integral part of Equitas’ Global
Human Rights Education Program (GHREP)                              indicate appropriate ways for putting their
which in addition to the IHRTP includes follow-up                   learning from the IHRTP into practice in the
human rights education initiatives with selected                    work of their organizations
IHRTP alumni in their home regions.                                 identify opportunities for future collaborative
Participants in the IHRTP include representatives                   and networking activities essential for
of non-governmental organizations (NGOs),                           furthering the cause of human rights
national and regional human rights institutions                     determine strategies for promoting gender
and government bodies. If you feel you and your                     equality in their human rights education work
organization meet the selection criteria and the
program objectives meet your respective needs, I                    employ a basic evaluation process for
invite you to complete the attached application                     assessing the results of their human rights
form.                                                               education work
Ian Hamilton                                                  Curriculum Model
Executive Director
                                                              The participatory curriculum design model of the
Program Goal                                                  IHRTP is based on principles of adult experiential
                                                              learning. The underlying principle is that much of
The goal of the IHRTP is to strengthen the
                                                              the content will come from the participants and
capacity of human rights organizations to
                                                              that the Program will serve as a framework for
undertake human rights education efforts (e.g.,
                                                              drawing out this content. Participants and
training, awareness campaigns, information
                                                              facilitators commit themselves to engage in a
dissemination, and advocacy) aimed at building a
                                                              process of mutual teaching and learning. The
global culture of human rights.
                                                              emphasis is on practical application and on the
To this end, the Program places a strong                      development of strategies for action. Continued
emphasis on the transfer of learning and on                   reflection and evaluation are central to the
follow-up activities. Participants attending the              learning process.
Program develop an Individual Plan for putting
                                                              Participants work for the most part in groups of
their learning into action as part of the training.
                                                              about 15 with a facilitator whose role is to provide
Therefore, when submitting their application, both
                                                              guidance in achieving the Program objectives. The
organizations and Candidates nominated should
                                                              facilitators are skilled in adult education methods,
consider how the transfer of learning might take
                                                              knowledgeable about human rights and
place within and beyond the organization after the
                                                              experienced in working with diverse groups.
                                                              Internationally recognized human rights experts

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are invited to give presentations and participate in          participants will have opportunities to discuss their
panel discussions throughout the three-week                   Individual Plans with other participants, their
program.                                                      facilitators and Equitas staff for feedback.
                                                              Examples of past activities developed in Individual
Program Content
                                                              Plans and carried out afterwards include:
The IHRTP is an intermediate-level program                    organization of training sessions based on certain
focusing on international human rights standards,             components of the IHRTP, integration of
current human rights issues and human rights                  participatory methodology in training sessions,
education strategies. The exploration of human                translation of training manuals, the creation of
rights principles and instruments, ongoing critical           networks and the development of new programs
reflection and inquiry, as well as extensive                  and partnerships.
sharing of experiences allows participants to                 Organization and Participant Profile
strengthen their capacity to engage in effective
human rights education leading to social change.              Organizations and Candidates are carefully
                                                              selected in order to maximize the benefits from the
Week 1
Participants will get to know the members of their
                                                              Organizations which nominate Candidates must:
working group and engage in activities that lay
the groundwork for developing a productive group                    have a demonstrated commitment to the
dynamic based on mutual respect. They will                          protection and promotion of human rights
become familiar with the overall Program content
and methodology and begin a process of                              have an established record for effective action
reflection on their individual societies, the human                 be involved in human rights education activities
rights work of their organizations and their own                    such as training sessions, workshops, public
role within those organizations. Participants will                  awareness campaigns, advocacy, monitoring
also compare their roles as human rights
activists/educators and reflect on the universality                 be committed to providing opportunities for
of rights.                                                          their Candidate to apply the knowledge and
                                                                    skills gained in the Program within the
Week 2                                                              organization
Participants will begin the week discussing major             The IHRTP is primarily designed for
human rights issues, leading to an examination of             representatives of non-governmental human rights
their roles as human rights workers in the current            organizations (NGOs), national human rights
global context. Through case studies and                      institutions and government departments who
discussions, participants will examine the main               have undertaken some human rights education
international human rights instruments in order to            training activities. In a limited number of cases,
explore the usefulness of these instruments in                consideration will also be given to Candidates
their work.                                                   affiliated with other types of organizations involved
Week 3                                                        in human rights education and corresponding to
                                                              the above profile, such as educational institutions.
During a number of activities, participants are
grouped by geographic region, giving them an                  Candidates from qualifying organizations must:
opportunity to work together to:                                    be active employees / volunteers with their
    examine key components of effective                             organization for at least two years
    monitoring and advocacy and the role of                         be in a position to influence the human rights
    these activities in human rights education                      education work of their organization
    become familiar with methods of evaluating                      have knowledge of human rights principles and
    educational activities                                          major international instruments
Individual Plan for Putting Learning into                           be committed to transferring knowledge and
Action                                                              skills gained during the Program to colleagues
During the program, every participant is required                   and to others with whom they work
to prepare an Individual Plan for putting their                     be sensitive to the issues which arise when
learning into practice once they return to their                    working in multicultural groups, and respectful
home organizations. By reflecting on the content                    of diversity
of each Stream of the Program, the Individual
Plan helps the participants determine how                     Language Requirement
content is transferable to their own context,
                                                              The IHRTP requires participants to actively
resulting in a planned integration of this new
                                                              engage in group work and read extensively.
knowledge in the future activities of their
                                                              Therefore, all participants must be fluent in either
organization. Throughout the Program,
                                                              English or French.

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Selection Process and Bursaries                                   tuition;
                                                                  program materials;
A Selection Committee will review all
applications. In addition to the requirements
                                                                  meals; and
previously listed, consideration will also be given
to overall gender balance and geographic                          emergency medical insurance.
representation. Given the number of applications              Participants are responsible for any extra
and limited space available, we are unable to                 expenses such as entertainment and meals
accept many worthy Candidates. Your                           purchased outside of the cafeteria.
understanding is greatly appreciated.                         Program Preparation
International Candidates:                                     To maximize the benefits of the IHRTP, it is crucial
Through the support of the Canadian                           that accepted Candidates prepare themselves
International Development Agency (CIDA),                      prior to the training. These preparations include:
Equitas has funding to award a limited number of
bursaries to selected International Candidates. A                   returning a completed pre-training assignment
bursary includes full tuition fees (including room
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and board) for the 3-week training program as
                                                                    education follow-up activities to be
well as travel expenses. Once eligibility has been
                                                                    implemented by their organization after
determined, the Selection Committee will award
                                                                    completion of the IHRTP (see Individual Plan
the bursaries to the Candidates who best meet
                                                                    for Putting Learning into Action on page 2)
the requirements. Due to the limited number of
bursaries available, there is no guarantee that the                 reviewing the content of international human
selected Candidates will receive funding.                           rights instruments and bringing copies in their
Therefore, we strongly urge all Candidates to                       native language, where available
immediately begin seeking funding from other
sources. Completed applications must be                             collecting human rights education materials to
returned to Equitas by November 21 , 2009 and                       share with other participants
all Candidates will be notified of the results of the         Accommodation
selection by the end of March 2009.
                                                              The IHRTP is held in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, a
Canadian Candidates:                                          small community in suburban Montreal, 45 km
Historically, Equitas has had funding to award a              from the city centre. Participants stay in shared
limited number of bursaries to selected Canadian              apartments at John Abbott College. Each
Candidates. We believe that we will be able to                apartment has separate bedrooms (one person
confirm funding this year again. Once eligibility             per bedroom), one bathroom, a sitting room and a
has been determined, the Selection Committee                  kitchenette.
will award the bursaries to the Candidates who
best meet the requirements. Due to the limited                Meals are served in the campus cafeteria during
number of bursaries available, there is no                    the Program. Although every consideration is
guarantee that the selected Candidates will                   made to accommodate the needs of participants, it
receive funding. Therefore, we strongly urge all              is difficult to cater to all dietary preferences. Your
Candidates to immediately begin seeking                       understanding in this matter is greatly appreciated.
funding from other sources. Completed                         Application deadlines
applications must be returned to Equitas by
March 31 , 2010 and Canadian applicants will be               The completed applications must be returned to
notified by the end of April 2010.                            Equitas by :
Equitas will also award the Ruth Selwyn Bursary                      November 21 , 2009 for the International
for Achievement in Empowering Women and                              Candidates;
Girls to a selected candidate who meets the                                    st
                                                                  March 31 , 2010 for Canadians residents and
additional criteria:                                              citizens.
• Shown a sustained commitment to the                         Please send all documents for applications,
empowerment of women and girls; and                           preferably by email, to: ihrtp-pifdh@equitas.org
• Through the use of innovative methods,                      or by fax to: 1-514-954-0659
including education has advanced the rights of
women and girls.                                              If you haven’t received an application form number
                                                              by December 18 , 2009, please contact us
Please refer to the Equitas website for more                  immediately.
information on this bursary: www.equitas.org.
Participation Fee
The IHRTP participation fee is CAN $5,175. This
amount covers:

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Your application must include:
 The completed Application Form (Part A completed by the Director of the Candidate’s organization;
  Part B completed by the Candidate)
 The Memorandum of Agreement duly signed by the Candidate and the director of the Candidate’s
 Two supporting letters from national and/or international human rights organizations (other than
  the Candidate’s) familiar with the Candidate’s work and/or the work of his or her organization
 A brochure (and/or mission statement) describing the Candidate’s organization
If you haven’t received an application form number by December 18, 2009, please contact us

Equitas- International Centre for Human Rights Education

Equitas, formerly known as the Canadian Human Rights Foundation, was established as a non-profit, non-
governmental organization in 1967 by a group of leading Canadian scholars, jurists and human rights
advocates with a mandate to advance democracy, human development, peace and social justice through
educational programs. Equitas has become a global leader in human rights education. Equitas' capacity-
building programs in Canada and abroad have assisted civil society organizations and government
institutions to participate effectively in human rights debates, to challenge discriminatory attitudes and
practices and to advance important policy and legislative reforms to enhance human rights protection and
Currently, Equitas is implementing programs in Canada, Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, the
Americas and in the Middle East. These programs engage civil society organizations and government
institutions in an effort to advance policies which promote and protect human rights. The current activities of
Equitas focus on the following themes:
         Training for HRE trainers
         Human rights education for children and youth (in schools and in informal settings)
         Training in human rights advocacy and monitoring
         Protection and promotion of women’s human rights
         Protection and promotion of children’s rights
         Promotion of minority rights and diversity
         Promotion and protection of economic, social and cultural rights
         Creation and strengthening of independent National Human Rights Institutions
         Promotion and protection of the rights of Migrant Workers
For further information about Equitas and its activities, please visit our website at www.equitas.org or
contact us at the address below:
Equitas - International Centre for Human Rights Education
666 Sherbrooke St. West, Suite 1100
Montréal, Québec
H3A 1E7
Telephone: 1-514-954-0382 Fax: 1-514-954-0659 Email: ihrtp-pifdh@equitas.org

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