Centre for Human Rights
The Centre for Human Rights (CHR) is both an academic department and a non-governmental organisation, and works towards human rights education in Africa, a greater awareness of human rights, the wide dissemination of publications on human rights in Africa, and the improvement of the rights of women, people living with HIV, indigenous peoples, sexual minorities and other disadvantaged or marginalised persons or groups across the continent.
The CHR is conducting a course on Disability Rights from 7-11 May 2012 in Pretoria.
This course aims to achieve the following:
- Provide an overview and explore a critical understanding of international, regional and domestic law on disability rights relevant to Africa, and develop an understanding of the limits of the law;
- Promote awareness of disability as a human rights issue and as part of human diversity;
- Encourage critical responses to the existing law by developing alternative conceptions and theories, with reference to comparative legal norms and jurisprudence;
- Develop skills and competence to advocate for legal and policy change and improved implementation of disability rights; and
- Develop skills to undertake comparative research on disability rights in Africa.
Themes of the programme are the following:
- The face of disablement;
- Historical approaches to disability and the law on disability: the global and the African contexts;
- Social construction of disability;
- Development of disability as a human rights issue at the global level;
- Development of disability as a human rights issue at the African level (regional and sub-regional);
- Development of disability as a human rights issue at the domestic level in Africa, in comparative perspective.
The course fee is R3 000.00 (US$450). This fee covers tuition, course materials, teas and lunch for the duration of the course. The fee excludes transport and accommodation costs.
A limited number of scholarships are available and are not guaranteed.
The course fee is ZAR 3 000.00 (US$450). This fee covers tuition, course materials, teas and lunch for the duration of the course. The fee excludes transport and accommodation costs.
To apply for this course, refer to www.chr.up.ac.za/index.php/ahrc-2012/disability-rights/823-online-application-form.html.
Applications are invited from all around the world. The course will, however, have a particular African focus. Candidates from Africa are therefore particularly encouraged to apply.
As this is a high-level course, the following are particularly encouraged to apply: managers and staff of NGOs, postgraduate students researching in this area, disability rights groups, government officials, legal practitioners, and members of civil society groups involved with the issues.
Applicants must indicate on the online application form whether they wish to apply for a scholarship and provide sufficient motivation substantiating why they require financial assistance. Applicants should also indicate whether they would still like to be considered for admittance in the event that they are not granted a scholarship.
For more about this course, refer to www.chr.up.ac.za/index.php/ahrc-2012/disability-rights.html.
For more about the Centre Human Rights, refer to www.chr.ac.za.