ISHR's Approach to Training
Thursday, 06 December 2007 01:35


It is often said of human learning that 80 percent of what is taught is forgotten by the student 24 hours after leaving the classroom. If this is the case, then our job at ISHR is to ensure the training methodology we use enables participants to process course content more deeply. We do this by using a participatory and interactive approach, grounded in adult-learning methodology.


We enable participants to connect what they are learning to their daily work and existing knowledge, through opportunities to share what they know with one another and through problem-oriented instruction. Teaching tools include case studies, simulations, role-plays and debates. These methodologies are supplemented by formal presentations, and informal learning through attending UN sessions and parallel events.


ISHR makes use of e-learning tools to help participants prepare for and follow up to our training courses. Online preparation for our courses includes required pre-reading, discussion forums and self-learning exercises. Continued online contact with our tutors and other participants following our workshops enables participants to carry on learning after they return home.


Training is only as good as the impact it has in practice. During our courses, participants are therefore required to develop their own individual action projects.


Drawing from the knowledge and practical skills gained from training, participants map out how their organisation could practically engage with the relevant human rights mechanisms to promote human rights in their countries. The projects must reflect the organisations’ interests and needs to ensure they can be put into practice following the training course.


ISHR staff and, sometimes, former participants act as tutors and mentors to help participants to make their plans a reality. Participants are then contacted after the course regarding the progress they have made in implementation.

ISHR’s trainers

ISHR trainers are not only experts in the field of human rights, they are also expert trainers. To maintain our reputation as a provider of high quality training courses and to encourage continued professional development, ISHR staff members attend and actively participate in practical in-house train-the-trainer courses, delivered by the ISHR training specialist.  This enables our trainers to remain up-to-speed on effective teaching methods and to continually develop their skills as trainers.


As well as trainers receiving feedback from the in-house training specialist and ISHR colleagues, we also carefully evaluate our courses for human rights defenders using a variety of evaluation tools.  ISHR trainers work together to incorporate lessons learnt from these evaluations into the design of future training courses.


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