On Thursday, 16 August 2018, the Training Unit in the Palestinian Center for Human Rights concluded Training of Trainers’ (TOT) course in human rights. The 35-hour course was held at Gloria Hotel in Gaza City in the period from 12 to 16 August 2018. Twenty-six participants along with members of PCHR’s Board of Directors attended the training course.
The program of the course was designed to stimulate the needs of the targeted group as the training content of the course was divided into five training days. The first day was designated to remind the participants of the human rights concepts, the international conventions related to it and the local and international mechanisms to apply human rights. The second day addressed the methods of training (concept and characteristics, components, the philosophy of teaching adults, differences between teaching and training and qualities of an effective trainer). The third day included the psychology of perception and communication skills. As for the fourth day, it focused on the life cycle of training, including determining the training needs and goals, preparing the training content and evaluating the training. It also addressed training techniques and method, the concept, classification and selection criteria in addition to the means of training, including factors of selection, benefits, types and use. Finally, the fifth day focused on practical applications.
A team of specialized trainers supervised the training sessions. The team included Dr. Bassam Abu Hashish, Professor of Educational Administration in al-Aqsa University; Ghassan Abu-Hatab, the coordinator of Center for Development Studies – Beirzeit University in the Gaza; Bahjat al-Helou, the training coordinator at the Gaza office of the Independent Commission for Human Rights; ‘Abdel Halim Abu Samrah, Director of PCHR’s Training Unit; Mohammed ‘Atallah, a trainer at PCHR; and Ahlam al-Aqra’, lawyer at PCHR’s Legal Unit.
Nadia Abu Nahlah, member of PCHR’s Board of Directors, discussed in her closing speech the importance of this course saying that: “this course is the first of its kind implemented by PCHR within the project aimed to creating a generation of young trainers in the field of human rights. Besides, the group receiving the training had diverse experiences and specializations that would be a qualitative addition for persons working on disseminating the human rights culture and on outreach issues”.
In his closing speech, Abdul Halim Abu Samra, Director of PCHR’s Training Unit, emphasized PCHR’s long-term efforts to disseminate the culture of human rights within Palestinian society and create a generation of youth trainers to be another an addition to the human rights movement as effective trainers, who contribute to disseminating and promoting the culture of human rights.
The participants highly appreciated PCHR’s efforts to create new generation of youth trainers in the field of human rights. One of the participants, Ishaq Helis, thanked PCHR for its distinctive role in disseminating the culture of human rights. He added that the course gave them new knowledge and skills in training as its program was comprehensive.
Another participant, Batoul Muhra, said that the effective participation and the discussion that prevailed in the training sessions contributed in the enrichment of the course.
At the end of the course, all participants received certificates.