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Distributed Learning Programme for Human Rights Defenders

In 2006 HREA started a new long-term training programme for human rights defenders based on a "distributed learning model". The programme is based on the premise that the ideal learning model involves hands-on training, time for reading and reflection, group work, an extended engagement in the learning process, mentoring and the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills in a real-life situation and receive support and feedback. Distributed learning is an instructional model that allows instructor(s), students, and content to be located in different, non-centralised locations so that instruction and learning can take place independent of time and place.

The distributed learning programme has the following sequence:

  • 12-week, Internet-based course on human rights advocacy and the human rights-based framework
  • In-person regional workshop on advocacy culminating in development of projects
  • Ongoing mentoring through regional or local human rights group
  • 12-week, Internet-based course on human rights monitoring
  • In-person regional training on monitoring with sharing of experience and further networking


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    Supporting a Network of Human Rights Defenders in the Middle East and North Africa

    Les jeunes en faveur des droits de l'hommeIn cooperation with the leading regional human rights organisations in the Middle East/North Africa, the Arab Institute for Human Rights (AIHR) and the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), HREA initiated a long-term training programme for young human rights defenders in the Arab World. This programme will strengthen the Arab human rights movement by training and promoting activities among 100 young human rights defenders through an intensive training programme using the distributed learning approach. The programme runs from January 2006 until June 2008. Funding is provided by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ford Foundation and the Open Society Institute. More information.

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