So, You Want to Be the Next High Commissioner? 2014 - Results and Follow up

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

WFUNA Human Rights Youth Training

From 21 to 25 July 2014, WFUNA held its fourth annual human rights training for young UNA members at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.  Twenty-nine participants from all over the world attended five days of sessions, which included presentations from various diplomats, UN and NGO staff as well as two days of training in projectmanagement.  The main objective of the training was to empower youth and equip them with the necessary skills to design and plan their own human rights project, to be implemented in coordination with their UNA and in line with national priorities. 

After the training, participants went back to their countries and started developing and implementing a Human Rights project.  Three months after the end of the training, participants submitted their mid-term report with their project ideas and implemented activities.  A final report was submitted by mid-January.

WFUNA is assessing their projects against a list of criteria - feasibility; sustainability; coordination with UNAs; relevance; impact; and application of tools acquired during the training.  

Here are some snapshots from the implemented projects:

Naazish Sakauloo – UNA-Mauritius 2say no to Domestic Violence" 

Naazish has been working on women's rights and gender equality in Mauritius and Rodrigues. Through her project, Naazish aims at empowering youth to report and prevent cases of domestic violence. In the first semester, 530 young people aged between 11 and 18 attended the workshops and many more will be trained in the upcoming months. Next year, Naazish and UNA-Mauritius will scale up the project to involve other stakeholers. 

Andrea Ivarsson, Ellen van Damme and Cecilie Morville – UNA-Sweden, UNA-Belgium/Flanders and UNA-Denmark 

Andrea, Ellen and Cecile organised a "United Nations Youth Association joint conference" in The Hague and Brussels from March 5 to 8. Twenty participants fron UNA-Belgium, UNA-Sweden and UNA-Denmark took part in the conference, which included workshops at ICC, UNRIC and UNESCO. Participants also had the opportunity to develop their project management skills thanks to an intensive course dedicated to Project Cycle Management. By the end of the training, participants had the chance to develop their own human rights projects that will be implemented in their communities. 

Alba Brojka – Albania "Integrating Roma youth in Albania through Education"

The objective of Alba's project is to raise awareness on the importance of primary education among Roma children, their communities and families. In her 6-month-long project, Alba worked with more than 120 children in a primary school in Tirana, implementing workshop and activities on the right to education. She worked in close cooperation with the director of the school, the teachers and other organizations worked on minorities in Tirana. By the end of the project, the school registered a 16% decrease in Roma children dropout. Alba will continue working with Roma communities in Albania, promoting their integration in the education system. 

Daria Klimova and Nikolay Sazhenov – UNA Russia

Daria and Nikolay implemented a project to promote tolerance amongst Russian school children and to introduce them to the mission and activities of the UN. Through their project, they reached out to more than ninety children between 10 and 13 years old, in three schools in Moscow. Their workshops included presentations and interactive activities such panel games, quizzes and role plays. Moreover, they developed didactic materials on the United Nations and Human Rights that participating schools will use for other classes. For the future, Daria and Nikolay are planning to scale up the project and work with other schools in the region. 

Hillary Seguya – UNA-Uganda

Hillary's project aims to reach out for the youth of Uganda in order to equip them with knowledge and information on Human Rights. The project reached out to more than 600 children and youth in the country, including schools in rural areas. Throughout a series of seminars and workshops, Hillary wants to build their knowledge on what Human Rights are and how they can improve the Human Rights situation in their countries. Moreover, in cooperation with UNA-Uganda, Hillary has also organized a Model United Nation on the topic "Youth engagement in setting goals for the 2015 development agenda". He is now planning to extend his project to other rural schools and to include youth that dropped out from the education system. 

Ashley Van Heerden – UNA-South Africa

 

Working shoulder to shoulder with UNA-South Africa staff, Ashley has organized and implemented workshops on the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review. The final objective of the project, which will run till 2017, is to empower South African civil society and to involve it in the preparation of South Africa's UPR. Implemented activities included presentations on the UN Human Rights Mechanisms, group activities and role plays. So far 150 people have been trained, but Ashley plans to reach out to 500 participants in 9 different universities by the end of the project. Moreover, some of the youth participating in the project are currently implementing their own Human Rights workshop in their communities, expanding the number of the project's beneficiaries. 

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