On Tuesday, 19 November 2015, in the presence of Mr. Issa Saba and Mr. Hashim Thalathini, Members of PCHR’s Board of Directors, the Training Unit at the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) concluded the third training course on the “Freedom of Opinion and Expression – Human Rights” , which is part of a two-year project funded by the EU and entitled “Promoting Human Rights and Freedom of Access to Information in the Gaza Strip”. The unit held a concluding ceremony, where certificates were distributed to the participants. The 5-day course (35 training hours) was held in the Light House Restaurant in Gaza City from 15 – 03 November 2015. Twenty-six participants representing 13 active community-based organizations all over the Gaza Strip attended the course.
Mr. Hashim Thalathini, Member of PCHR’s Board of Directors, stated that this course is part of a project funded by the EU entitled “Promoting Human Rights and Freedom of Access to Information in the Gaza Strip”. He asserted that this course is the third of 4 training courses implemented by PCHR within the project aimed to create a generation of youth trainers in the field of human rights for 45 active community-based organizations all over the Gaza Strip. Thalathini called upon the trainers to move towards practice each in his/her organization. He then emphasized that the relation between PCHR and trainees and their organizations will not end by the end of the training course; however, it will be enhanced. He added that PCHR’s doors are always open to them to benefit from PCHR’s experience in this field.
Mr. Bassam al-Aqra’, director of PCHR’s Training Unit, said that the training content of the course was divided into five training days. The first training day addressed the basics of training, including concept and characteristics, components, philosophy of teaching adults and differences between teaching and training. The second day included the psychology of perception and communication skills in addition to the qualities of an effective trainer. The third day focused on the life cycle of training, including determining the training needs and goals, preparing the training content and evaluating the training. The fourth day 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. Mahmoud Natour, a lecturer at the University of Al-Aqsa; Dr. Bassam Abu Hashish, Professor of Educational Administration in al-Aqsa University, Mr. Ya’aqub Hijo, Training Adviser at the Ministry of Education and Mr. Bassam al-Aqra’, Director of PCHR’s Training Unit.
At the conclusion of the course, the participants highly appreciated PCHR’s efforts to create new generation of youth trainers in the field of human rights. In the name of the participants, Mr. Mahmoud Abu Shatat thanked PCHR for its distinctive role in disseminating the culture of human rights in the Palestinian society. He added that the course gave them new knowledge and skills in training as its program was comprehensive. He also praised the efficient trainers and their various and interactive training procedures which were used during the course. In addition, Mrs. Yasmin Bashir added that the effective participation and the discussion that prevailed in the training sessions contributed in the enrichment of the course. However, she requested that more courses like this should be organized as they will help organizations to implement their awareness programs in areas where they are active. She also promised to use the knowledge, skills and experiences she earned during the course while implementing the programs of the General Union of Palestinian Women.
All participants received certificates at the end of the day.