Human Rights Education Associates: Monitoring Children's Rights

Human Rights Education Associates

Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) is an international NGO that supports human rights learning; the training of activists and professionals; the development of educational materials and programming; and community-building through on-line technologies. HREA is dedicated to quality education and training to promote understanding, attitudes and actions to protect human rights, and to foster the development of peaceable, free and just communities. The organisation works with individuals, NGOs, inter-governmental organisations and governments interested in implementing human rights education programmes.

HREA is conducting an e-learning course on Monitoring Children’s Rights from 25 April to 10 July 2012.

This course is a basic introduction to measuring and monitoring the status of children, including basic health and welfare, education, civil rights and freedoms, and special protection measures. The course will address the full cycle of monitoring, including tool development; methodologies for carrying out monitoring (both organisationally as well as through the involvement of children); and the application of results for improving the promotion and protection of the rights of the child.

Learners will explore different indicators and indexes already in use and the basics of choosing or constructing a social indicator, with attention to the human rights-based approach. Through a blending of theoretical and case study material, the course will illustrate procedures for the appraisal, selection, development and analysis of monitoring approaches, although highly technical aspects of mathematical manipulation of indicators and statistical regression will not be addressed.

The course involves approximately 60 hours of reading, on-line working groups, webinars, assignments, and interaction among students and the instructor, and is offered over a 11-week period beginning on 25 April 2012. The course will integrate active and participatory learning approaches within activities and assignments, with an emphasis on reflective and collaborative learning. Participants will do the required reading, prepare interim and final project assignments, including case studies, and participate in group discussions.

The maximum number of course participants is 25. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Participation. It is also possible to audit the course.

Course outline:

  • Week 1. The Monitoring Concept and Developing a Strategy of Action;
  • Week 2. Introduction to Children's Rights, and the Role of the International, Regional and Domestic Standards;
  • Week 3. Basic Principles of Monitoring: Developing a Strategy of Action;
  • Week 4. Indicator Construction and Analyses;
  • Week 5. Community Approach to Monitoring and Children's Participation;
  • Week 6. ‘Open week’;
  • Week 7. Monitoring and Indicators of Children's Survival and Health;
  • Week 8. Monitoring and Indicators of Children's Education and Development;
  • Week 9. Monitoring and Indicators of Child Protection – Children in Conflict with the Law;
  • Week 10. Monitoring and Indicators of Child Protection – Abused Children and Children in Situations of Exploitation;
  • Week 11. Preparation of Monitoring Reports and Follow-Up.

The course is intended for human rights/child rights staff of NGOs, intergovernmental and government agencies, children's advocates and child-related professionals. Participants should have a good written command of English -- the working language of the course -- and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use. HREA aims to ensure equal gender and geographical distribution across the selected participants. The maximum number of course participants is 25. A Certificate of Participation will be awarded upon successful completion of the course.


The course tuition fee is US$725; permanent residents of non-OECD countries are eligible for a discounted tuition rate of US$ 450. Tuition for auditors is US$275; permanent residents of non-OECD countries are eligible for a discounted tuition rate of US$ 175. Unfortunately, there are no scholarships available for this course.

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Applications will be considered on a first-come-first-serve basis.

The application deadline is 15 April 2012.

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Event Start Date: 
Wednesday, 25 April, 2012
Event End Date: 
Tuesday, 10 July, 2012
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