“Rights to Childhood” Foundation, in cooperation with the “Young Pedagogue/Social Pedagogue” club at the University of Ruse, organised The COMPASS National Training Course On Human Rights Education “Understanding Human Rights” from 6 to 10 June in Ruse, Bulgaria.
The course gathered 21 participants among them teachers, law and social work students, social mediators, high-school graduates, NGO workers, volunteers, and a university professors. The programme was designed and run by Joanna Terzieva, a psychologist and social pedagogue, and Dilyana Giteva, a lawyer, with the support of an external trainer from the Trainers Pool of the Youth Department of the Council of Europe.
The course hosted also a guest panellist Irina Stoyanova, the director of the local Europe Direct Information Centre and Nikol Parvanova, a member of the Advisory Council on Youth, who joined online to give a welcoming and inspirational speech to participants from the European Youth Centre of Strasbourg.
The thematic areas of the workshops and sessions of the “Understanding Human Rights” were about hate speech/hate crime, gender equality/gender-based violence, social inclusion and the right to education (with a special emphasis on the right to human rights education.
The main pillars of the programme were:
- Basic notions of human rights, values, principles and context;
- Resources and standards for human rights education via Compass, Compasito and the Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education;
- EU/CoE partnership in the field of youth with clear references to the achievements of the European Youth Work Convention and the work of Advisory Council on Youth;
- Hands-on experience by exploring Compass via preparing, running and evaluating activities.
According to participants, the most valuable aspects of the training course were bringing the concept of human rights closer to their realities and equipping them with the required tools and approaches to tackle the general lack of knowledge regarding human rights in their respective fields.
Further steps on promoting the education on human rights were agreed among participants who designed follow up activities to be implemented after the National Training Course.