APF to build pool of master trainers
A new ‘blended learning’ course will help equip a skilled group of human right trainers to lead capacity building programs for NHRIs and others across the Asia Pacific.
Representatives of APF member institutions take part in a recent training program on prevention of torture
Photo: Association for the Prevention of Torture
The APF will use a new blended learning course to build and equip a skilled group of human right trainers who can lead capacity building programs for national human rights institutions and other groups across the Asia Pacific.
All APF member institutions will be invited to nominate a representative to take part in a pilot training-of-trainers course that will provide essential knowledge and skills on the planning, design, delivery and evaluation of human rights training courses.
The course has been developed following a comprehensive training needs assessment of APF members, which noted the “need for a larger number of highly skilled human rights trainers in the Asia Pacific region” and recommended that the APF “explore ways of contributing to the building of regional human rights training capacity”.
The training-of-trainers course will include an online learning component, running in April 2012, that addresses four key themes:
- Assessing the needs of adult learners
- Developing training materials for adult learners
- Face-to-face workshop facilitation skills
- Evaluating human rights training courses.
The online modules will include set readings, video lectures, quizzes, assignments and online discussions that invite participants to consider how they would approach developing and delivering a training program on the international human rights system.
The online learning component will be complemented by a week-long regional workshop in June 2012, where participants can explore issues in greater detail, share experiences and participate in practical activities, including role plays, group presentations, individual presentations and peer review sessions.
Participants who run, evaluate and report back on a human rights training session that they deliver within three months of returning to their respective NHRIs will be accredited as APF Master Trainers and be provided with opportunities to assist in the delivery of future APF training programs.
The training-of-trainers course will be led by Professor Chris Sidoti, a senior consultant to the APF and an internationally recognised human rights educator, with more than 30 years of professional human rights experience at the national, regional and international levels.
Professor Sidoti will be assisted by Suraina Pasha, APF Regional Training Manager, and James Iliffe.