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Spring 2012, Details
RSVP Required: You must register to attend.
Please RSVP by contacting Felisa Tibbitts at
felisa_tibbitts@hks.harvard.edu.

Training 1
Thursday, February 9, 2012
4:00 - 5:30 pm
Carr Center Conference Room
Rubenstein Building
(Floor 2, Room 219)
Directions to Venue
"Nonformal education strategies for promoting empowerment"

Facilitator: Felisa Tibbitts
Felisa Tibbitts is a Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy where she directs the Human Rights in Education Initiative. Felisa is also Adjunct Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Founder/Senior Advisor of Human Rights Education Associates (HREA).

Suggested reading:

More about the training:
Nonformal education involves learning activities that are organized outside of the traditional schooling sector, including community-based education for youth and adults. Education and training about human rights is an essential means for promoting understanding of the human rights framework and for encouraging rights holders to claim their rights and support the rights of others. Nonformal human rights education can provide long-lasting results for persons who are members of vulnerable or marginalized groups and can contribute to the social change work of human rights organizations.

This training will begin with an engaging activity, illustrating the interactive methodologies that are emblematic of education “in, for and through” human rights.

This activity will be followed by a film excerpt highlighting the results of a successful women’s human rights education program in Turkey – Women for Women’s Human Rights.  Information from this video will be supplemented by the results of the impact evaluation that Felisa carried out in 2011.

The training will conclude with a practice-based overview of the qualities and components of “effective” and “empowering” nonformal human rights education and a discussion of how such programming can be designed to promote human rights change.

Online resources for supporting the ongoing and future work of participants will be shared. As time allows, those attending the training can share their needs, interests and advice to others for developing such activities.

More about Felisa Tibbitts:

Tibbitts began her work in the human rights education field in the early 1990s in post-totalitarian Europe. She has supported curricular development efforts in human rights, law-related and civic education programming in Albania, Croatia, El Salvador, Estonia, Gaza, Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Morocco, Romania, Ukraine and the United States and has carried out trainings in over 20 countries.

Tibbitts has focused her evaluation research on nonformal human rights education, which included a 10-country impact assessment for Amnesty International completed in 2009. In 2005, she guest edited a special issue of Intercultural Education on “Transformational Learning and Human Rights Education”, the introduction of which is suggested reading for this training.

Tibbitts has published extensively in the area of human rights education and contributed to the development of policy documents at the United Nations. She works with a range of agencies, including the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, UNICEF, UNESCO, OSCE, the Council of Europe, the Organization of American States and the Open Society Institute.


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