Human Rights educators from both the formal education and youth work systems built closer co-operation and joint activities thanks to an informal network intending to enhance Human Rights Education at local and national levels.
The target group were youth workers, youth leaders and teachers from schools. The idea was to create links for implementing Human Rights Education in schools, youth centres and youth organisations. It was also designed to enhance the co-operation between the providers of formal and non-formal learning.
The project addressed the need to build quality educators to be able to deliver Human Rights Education in both formal and non-formal contexts. It was a space to build the competences of youth workers, trainers and teachers, for them to be able to deliver Human Rights Education in their area of work.
The course programme was designed based on the Macedonian local reality and situation regarding Human Rights. All the training course sessions reflected the current situation and encouraged participants to find connections and apply the conclusions discussed to their local reality in working with young people. Participants had diverse backgrounds in working with young people: work on trafficking prevention; the inclusion of Roma; from universities; teachers in schools; youth and social workers.
The aims and of the project
- to develop the competence of educators to integrate and develop practices of Human Rights Education with young people in non-formal and formal educational contexts
- to explore Human Rights Education in post conflict and culturally segregated areas
- to develop the participants’ knowledge and competences in key concepts of Human Rights Education
- to enable participants to develop activities and programmes for further working on Human Rights Education
- to introduce the concept of Human Rights Education within existing educational curricula of schools and youth centres
- To build competences of participants in using Compass as well as other tools in Human Rights Education
- to motivate participants to advocate for Human Rights Education within their local communities.
The training course was held in Probishtip, a small town in the north east of the country. Participants were from different towns and most of them worked on their follow-up initiatives in their local area.
The Center for Intercultural Dialogue, in partnership with the Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, hosted the course, organised in co-operation with the Council of Europe, as part of the Human Rights Education Youth Programme, and in partnership with the Good Governance Department / Education Reform Unit of the OSCE Mission to Skopje.
The project gathered 22 educators (teachers and youth workers) on topics such as Human Rights, Advocacy, Children’s Rights, Multiculturalism, and Ethnic Minority Rights. The discussion allowed space for participants to learn about and prepare to further promote Human Rights Education. The programme was delivered as a six-day residential course with a follow-up e-learning phase. One of the main outcomes of the training course was the non-formal network of educators in Human Rights Education, created as a platform to further support the educational and youth work systems in enhancing Human Rights Education at local and national levels.
“This training made me realize that Human Rights is tackled in every workshop and training we do as educators, and therefore I am motivated to further apply the Human Rights based approach in each activity I will do in my organisation”
Innovation and Impact
The unique aspect of this training course was the networking between the formal and non-formal educators. In terms of outcomes, many projects were developed after the training course between the different sectors. Most of these projects were implemented in partnership with local organisations and schools.
Participants took up the Human Rights based approach in education and applied it in their work with young people. Many teachers from the schools were motivated to use the Compass manual and other educational resources to enhance the learning of their students within the classes.
Link with the Council of Europe
The Council of Europe supported the course as a National Training Course for Human Rights Education. In addition to this, the Council of Europe provided educational support through the active contribution of the Education Advisor, Anca-Ruxandra Pandea.
Partners and Contacts
- Centre for Human Rights and conflict resolution, Skopje
- OSCE Mission to Skopje