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Course E049: Child Rights Situation Analysis

2 July-12 August 2014 (E04914) | Register for this course (page will open in new window)
Instructor: Peter Dixon
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This course is aimed at development practitioners working in the field of children's rights who are planning or considering undertaking an analysis of the situation of children's rights. The course will enable participants to understand the concepts and principles of human rights/children's rights and their application in the production of an analysis of the degree to which children realise their rights and the factors and obstacles that prevent them. Participants will consider strategies and practical approaches appropriate to their own CRSA needs and will have the opportunity through individual and group assignments to practice the use of rights based analysis tools and to consider the practical challenges in planning and managing a CRSA process. 

Programming to improve the realisation of children rights should be based on an analysis of the existing situation of their rights, of the barriers and obstacles to their realisation and an understanding of the roles, actual and potential, of a range of key stakeholders. Over the past decade a number of agencies have developed methodologies and guidelines to assist in designing and undertaking "child rights situation analyses". These share a core framework of human rights orientated analysis and process, differing in their application according to the nature of the agencies mandate/core work areas.

This course is aimed at development practitioners who are considering or planning to undertake a child rights situation analysis to inform programme planning. It aims to build an in-depth knowledge of the concepts and theory applicable to this component of the rights based project/programme cycle and explore the use of practical, child rights based tools and strategies. A participant successfully completing this course will be in a position to make the most out of their own organisation's CRSA process, bringing both a sound appreciation of the concepts and principles underpinning a child rights based analysis and able to contribute to the design and implementation of the process.

This certificate course involves approximately 30 hours of reading, on-line working groups, interaction with students and instructor, webinars and assignments, and is offered over a six-week period. The course is based on a participatory, active learning approach, with an emphasis on critical reflection and peer-to-peer learning. The course instructor will provide individualised feedback where appropriate. Participants will do the required readings, prepare interim and final assignments and participate in group discussions. The maximum number of course participants is 25. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Participation. It is also possible to be an auditor of the course.

Course outline

Week 1: Core Concepts Underpinning a CRSA
Week 2: Understanding the Children's Rights Environment
Week 3: Concepts and Tools of Children's Rights Situation Analysis
Week 4: CRSA Process Part 1: Management Overview and Secondary Data Analysis
Week 5: CRSA Process Part 2: Primary Data Collection and Analysis Workshop
Week 6: Finalising and Using the CRSA

About the instructor

Peter Dixon has been an independent consultant and trainer on child rights and child rights programming since 2002 providing support and advice to national and international NGOs, and UN Agencies in over 25 countries. Mr. Dixon conducted numerous workshops on child rights situations analysis, child rights programming, human rights-based programming, and monitoring children's rights and has been a lead author and contributor to the development of several internal and interagency child rights programming training and resource tools. From 1994 to 2002 Peter served as Country Programme Director for Save the Children in Sri Lanka and Nepal. He has been a trainer and course instructor for HREA since 2008.

Who should apply

The course is intended for development practitioners working in the field of children's rights who are planning or considering undertaking an analysis of the situation of children's rights, staff members of development and children's rights/social justice organisations, including NGOs like Child to Child, Plan International, Save the Children, SOS Children's Villages, World Vision and UN specialised agencies like UNICEF. Candidates should have a good written command of English and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use. It is assumed that applicants are familiar with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and with the basic concepts of programming (e.g. the programme cycle, including: situation analysis, setting priorities, implementation, monitoring and evaluation), and have a basic understanding of good practice in child advocacy or relief and development work. HREA aims to ensure equal gender and geographical distribution across the selected participants.

Costs

Tuition fee for participants: US$ 625; tuition for auditors: US$ 235. There are no scholarships or discounted tuition rates available for this course.

Payments can be made online by major credit cards (Discover, MasterCard, Visa), PayPal, bank transfer and money transfer (Western Union, MoneyGram). Bulk rates are available.

Registration

Register for this course (page will open in new window). Registrations are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. There is no registration deadline, but please be aware that courses generally fill up quickly!


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